Does gold/plat status automatically allow access to the concierge lounge, or do I need to book a room on concierge level?
Gold and Plat both have access. Don't pay more, you will have access to the CL.
Yes you will get access from any room you are staying in
You might be on the CL floor(s), or another floor, but like jerryl and SeaTexan said you will have access.
Gold and Platinum status will NOT give you automatic access to the CL at Ritz Carlton hotels. To gain access to their CL you must pay for a room that specifically includes access.
Good point... I always forget about RC as I rarely stay, for those reasons. I just go to the RC in Nola to order drinks. Great bar there!
Ditto SeaTexan's comments. I don't frequent RCs and forget their rules are different. Good catch mustanggt