Is Ritz-Carlton Club Level Worth an Upgrade?

Mar 8, 2015

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TPG reader Katherine messaged me to ask:

“My husband and I are headed to the Ritz in St. Thomas for a week on Marriott points. Do you have any thoughts on whether an upgrade to the club level is worthwhile there? I was told it would cost $150 per day, per person. Thanks!”

The Ritz-Carlton Club lounges are typically great — they’re stocked with good alcohol, full breakfast, and even lunch and snacks throughout the day. However, $150 per person per day is crazy! I would say definitely not, the Club lounge just doesn’t seem worth $300 per day. If you had the Ritz-Carlton Rewards Credit Card  and could use an upgrade, I’d consider it, but you’d certainly have to eat and drink quite a bit to make it worth your while.

Hotel club lounges can be nice, but $150/person/day seems excessive to me. Photo courtesy of Shutterstock.
Hotel club lounges can be nice, but $150 per person each day seems excessive to me. Photo courtesy of Shutterstock.

Instead, I would recommend using that money to explore the island, or enjoy a nice dinner at a sit-down restaurant (as opposed to the club lounge buffet). $150/day total might be justifiable if you really just wanted to relax and have some nice champagne, but at the going rate I’d say no way.

I’ve never been to this particular resort, so perhaps other TPG readers can chime in and offer their opinions. I know resorts can be pricey, but $300 seems like a lot, so I think the best option would be to spend that cash elsewhere.

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