Thank you to those who participated in the princess poll "What new features would you like to see in the Concierge Lounge?". We had 33 voters and 77 votes cast. The results are as follows:
31% said they wanted the lounge to be open on the weekends
30% said they wanted better food/beverage selection
25% voted for the lounge to be open longer hours
6% said they wanted quieter facilities
4% said they wanted to be able to conduct business meetings
3% said they wanted more seating
1% said other
There were 0 votes for "kid friendly"
To view the results for all the polls, go to www.travelprincessdiaries.com.
Thanks Princess, some hotels used to have a "raid the fridge" policy that allowed the lounges to be open 24/7, for late nighters and early risers. Give liquor laws in a jurisdiction they were not able to have alcohol there unattended. However, there was a fridge filled with juices, water, sodas, yogurts and dishes of snacks.
It worked at several places I stayed and arrived much too late for any meaningful eating and drinking in the lounge or for those times when a 6 am meeting made sense (but only to the person holding it).
Perhaps this could be started again, and for those who spend their lives in a Marriott, a welcome benefit?
Not all the lounges are closed on weekends...
I've been in Europe several times in the last couple of years, and the lounges over there are not closed on weekends--in fact, they almost seem to provide _more_ services on weekends... In Prague, for example, they still provide a full breakfast and snacks over the weekend, and there are often several additional concierges available in order to pick out things to do and places to go--and, of course, to help you find the perfect thing to bring back! In addition, most of the lounges overseas do still have the 'raid the fridge' thing going -- they have drinks (including beer) available 24/7, along with light snacks.
I'm seriously disappointed in the number of hotels that no longer seem to either have lounges or have serious restrictions on lounges... I've had several hotels here lately say "well, yes, we have a lounge, but it's closed, so you have to go to the restaurant for breakfast."