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Unexpected Club Lounge Experiences

Article by Tom Weede 03.15.2017

The Club Level Lounge is a special refuge where you can slow down and take time to yourself or find the company of kindred spirits, sharing tales of travel over a locally sourced dish or hand crafted cocktail. Below we highlight a few unexpected experiences to be had at Club Lounges.

Washington, D.C.: Escape to a seasonal culinary oasis

Indulge in regional culinary delights with local cheeses, which change with the seasons, and choose from a selection of rare wines curated from the hotel’s sommelier. For breakfast, savor delicious jams, preserves and jellies from McCutcheon’s in Frederick, Maryland, a family-run company started in 1938. Today, the thriving business includes third-, fourth- and fifth-generation family members.  Read More >

A bottle-filled wine fridge with glasses on top next to shelves with glass-covered cheese platters

Boston: Enjoy a bit of old-fashioned Colonial fun

In an age of constant screen distractions, how refreshing it is to lose yourself in the simple, calming pleasure of a board game. The hotel’s Club Level Lounge has many choices, including Clue, chess and checkers. To add a historical twist, try games popular from the time of Thomas Jefferson, John Adams and Paul Revere: Shut the Box, Nine Men's Morris and The Royal and Most Pleasant Game of Goose, a game similar to Chutes and Ladders that Jefferson taught to his grandchildren at Monticello.  Read More >

New York, Central Park: Learn the art of modern floral arranging

Participate in floral arrangement classes taught by the hotel’s in-house florist — a designer trained in the style of the late Jane Packer, whose flower arrangements brilliantly combined artistic flair and fashion sense. The British florist rose to prominence in 1986 when she provided the flowers for the wedding of Sarah Ferguson and the Duke of York. Her unique flower philosophy took off internationally, and now Jane Packer Flower schools and stores are found worldwide.  Read More >  


New York, Battery Park: Sample a selection of artisan-crafted cheeses

Murray’s Cheese, New York City’s oldest cheese shop, is passionate about finding the most delicious cheeses across the globe, and bringing them back to New York to share with their clientele. In 2004, Murray’s constructed cheese caves beneath Bleecker Street, where they age cheese to perfection based on that wheel’s ideal environment.  Lunch and dinner presentations in the Club Lounge feature Murray’s Cheese selections.  Read More >

A wooden board with cheeses, meats, breads and a bowl of olives

New Orleans: Savor one of the world’s great cuisines

An eclectic mix of foods is intrinsic to the culture of the Crescent City. The Club Level Lounge celebrates this grand tradition with its own one-of-a-kind culinary experiences, including classic NOLA favorites such as po’boys, gumbo, pralines and housemade beignets. On Friday and Saturday, watch live cooking demonstrations of local seafood dishes such as shrimp grits, shrimp pasta and shrimp risotto. Sundays feature a do-it-yourself Bloody Mary Bar.  Read More >

Atlanta: Top your morning toast with a sweet treat

Start your day with the Club Level Lounge’s breakfast presentation of small-batch, handmade jams from Preserving Place, an area purveyor with a “farm to store” philosophy that supports local growers using traditional methods. You can also purchase these scrumptious jams in the Retail Shop and order them in the hotel’s restaurant, AG. Later in the day, the lounge’s 24th-floor perch is the perfect spot to take in the beauty of a Southern sunset and the sights of downtown Atlanta.  Read More >

Tysons Corner: Treat yourself to dessert with a view

The newly renovated Club Level Lounge’s expanded seating on the 24th floor offers expansive views of Virginia and Washington, D.C., an elaborate reading collection and a beautiful white marble fireplace. It’s the ideal retreat to enjoy handcrafted cuisine throughout the day, including flavors of the area such as Virginia-inspired mini apple pies and French-inspired apple macarons, as well as locally sourced charcuterie and cheeses. Read More >

Philadelphia: Take a break with classic local snacks

Soft pretzels have been a Philadelphia favorite since the 1800s. Taste their chewy, salty deliciousness in the Club Level Lounge every Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Pick up a recipe card for tips to make them at home. Craving something for your sweet tooth? Try another Philly favorite, Goldenberg’s Peanut Chews (celebrating it’s 100th anniversary this year), created in 1917 by the city’s Goldenberg family for use as a ration bar by U.S. troops in World War I.  Read More >