As tourism begins to grow on the island, Tumon hotels hope to entice luxury travelers with premium amenities, with The Westin Resort Guam and The Tsubaki announcing the opening of modern and exclusive club lounges within days of each. on the other.
“It’s a beautiful space with fantastic views,” resort host Henry Hsu said during the opening Tuesday of the newly renovated Westin Club Lounge on the top floor of the 21-story hotel.
The 38-year-old mechanical engineer from Eastvale, California is in Guam for his military work and stays at the Westin for three months.
“I’ve never been in a lounge this high and with such a beautiful view before,” he said. “From a design standpoint, it’s very, very modern, in line with many airport lounges I’ve seen.”
The recently renovated salon is triple the size of the original space, a project that had been planned for years.
“In Korea and Japan, luxury lounge clubs are very common and we felt our club lounge was not competitive enough. So even before the pandemic, we plan to update it, ”said Nick Song, Westin president and general manager.
The challenge, however, was space. The top floor of the resort also contained two exclusive VIP suites. After looking into how limited the use of those suites was, they decided to open up the lounge space so they could expand access for more guests.
“It was difficult, it was very painful, but we demolished the presidential suite and the governor’s suite to create (one of the largest lounges) in Guam in order to meet the expectations of the foreign market, especially Japan and Korea”, Song said.
At 6,800 square feet, the lounge can now accommodate 180 guests simultaneously, he said.
Open to guests staying in premium rooms on floors 16 and up, the lounge includes a family-friendly dining area, business center, and private conference room that can seat up to 15 people, according to a press release.
While the rest of the space is open to resort guests only, a private meeting room for eight with a private entrance on the floor can be rented for small meetings and corporate events.
For now, afternoon tea and drinks are offered in the lounge from 2pm to 10pm daily, and happy hour offers cocktails and heavy hors d’oeuvres from 5pm to 7pm. Song said.
With the rise in hotel occupancy, the hiring of new staff and the return of the Korean market, “we felt like it was time to show our club lounge to all guests,” he said.
Less than a mile north, meanwhile, Tsubaki Tower opened its new Lina’La Club Lounge on the 26th floor, according to a June 17 press release.
Open to guests staying in club-level rooms and suites throughout the 27-story resort, the lounge offers daily cocktails and appetizers in its three spaces: the living room, dining room, and library.
“We aim to further enhance our guests’ experiences with us and extend the opportunities to enjoy the property to the fullest,” said General Manager Ken Yanagisawa in the press release. “We opened the lounge to celebrate the return of tourism to Guam and offer visitors a new Guam experience.”
The lounge is open daily from 10:00 to 20:00, with unlimited tea and coffee all day, afternoon tea from 14:00 to 16:00 and cocktails and aperitifs at sunset from 17:00 to 20:00