The Executive Club Lounge in the Westin hotel is a bit special. It’s located on the top (19th) floor of the hotel and serves a superb breakfast. Really, truly outstanding with an excellent buffet complemented by a menu of wonderful cooked to order hot dishes. Most of these are not your standard hotel breakfast fare and really set the lounge apart. The Mushroom Royal is fantastic! There’s also the second largest collection of fruit juices I’ve seen in a hotel (the largest being 19 floors down in the hotels main restaurant). In the evening the lounge serves complimentary drinks and canapés from 5pm to 7pm and shares its space with the Hotels more up-market restaurant. In all honesty this shared arrangement can sometimes make the space feel slightly uncomfortable depending on who’s in the lounge at the time but there are two huge redeeming features that more than make up for this. The first is the view. There are windows on two sides and sipping a glass of wine while watching the changing colour of Table mountain is a very easy way to spend an hour. Next to that you’ve got Lions Head, also equally impressive and further round a great view of the waterfront area with Robben Island in the distance. It really is a fantastic setting that has to be seen to be believed. The second feature that really makes this lounge special is the staff. They are truly superb. Professional but warm and friendly they have a genuine interest in their guests and this really shows through. I’ve seen them deal with some, frankly, difficult people in the lounge and they still manage to smile. All the staff are good in the lounge but there are 3 or 4 outstanding people who I’ve really enjoyed talking with. I was going to mention them by name but they know who they are and I hope they know how much I’ve appreciated them during my visits. In summary lounge access is the absolutely best reason to upgrade yourself to an executive room at check-in.
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