Will be interesting to see whether the hotel lounge returns. Current offerings are almost non existent. I suspect the days of making the lounge food a light dinner are gone.Another vote for Traders in KL. Excellent coughtails, wine and canapes for club room happy hour.
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Increased capacity limit means no bookings needed now except for Fri and Sat evening canapés. No buffet but happy with what is provided.Fair enough if you receive lounge access as a status perk or an upgrade, but Covid protocols have greatly diminished the value of lounge access.
A recent enquiry for booking a Crystal club room at Crown Melbourne informed me that self serve buffets were replaced in favour of a la carte menu's and that I'd need to make a reservation to dine in the Crystal club rather than sauntering in as I please during opening hours.
This approach to Lounge Access is a growing trend among many hotel chains and will make me seriously consider whether I'd pay for a better room or even a single lounge supplement with my own hard earned $