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December 12, 2014
24 Hours in a Ritz Carlton Club Lounge
Well, I didn't actually spend the whole 24 hours there, but it was so nice I would have been perfectly comfortable
crashing on a couch for the night!
During a recent stay at the Ritz Carlton Marina del Rey near Los Angeles, I decided to visit each of the four food presentations offered daily so I can show you why booking a Club Level room is a great value.
At Marina del Rey, the Club Level is like a “hotel within a hotel” as it is open only to guests on the 11th floor. This boutique hotel feel offers guests a very exclusive
experience that isn’t found in other luxury hotel brands.
Breakfast 6:30 -10:30 am
Clients who book with me receive complimentary breakfast as a Ritz STARS amenity, but it’s nice to have the Club breakfast available if you are in a rush
and need “grab & go” food. If you
are traveling with teenagers, you can send them into the lounge for a second breakfast when they inevitably become hungry a short time later.
Lunch Noon – 2:30 pm
It's advertised as a "light lunch" but you can certainly fill up on all that is offered. This was a convenient way to grab a quick meal right before we checked out.
Hors d’oeuvres 5 – 7:30
Who can resist happy hour with free flowing wine, champagne and gourmet finger foods? And soft drinks for the kids, of course. This is a great place to gather if you are traveling with business associates or family members.
Evening Sweets 8-10
Dinner at the Cast & Plow restaurant was phenomenal, but we were too full to order dessert. We weren't to be denied, though, so after letting our food rest a bit, we headed to the Club Lounge to find a election of yummy treats including cupcakes and chocolate truffles, an espresso machine, and a table full of after dinner liqueurs.
If you need a snack at other times of day, the Lounge is always stocked with coffee, sodas, bottled water, and cookies. Our favorite: Double Chocolate & Sea Salt! (I have the recipe, you can email me for it.)
Other perks of having Club Lounge access included free WiFi, a dedicated concierge, a private business center, and free pressing of two items each day.
here’s a great offer exclusive to clients of Ritz Carlton STARS agencies, valid
through the end of the year: Spend two consecutive nights in a One Bedroom
Executive Suite and receive complimentary Club Lounge access!
Even if you don't stay in a Club Level room, when you let me book you at any Ritz Carlton, you still get a great value including complimentary breakfast, an automatic upgrade (based on availability), and a special welcome gift, due to our agency's Ritz STARS status.