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Old Jan 1, 20, 6:19 am
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Club lounge evening wear

I am just wrapping up Christmas holidays across several SEA countries and have enjoyed club lounges with Novotel, Pullman, Swissotel and Sofitel. I only stayed at one hotel (Pullman Jakarta Central Park) where guests were kindly asked to wear appropriate evening wear. The other lounges seemed to have no dress code at all. Flip flops, singlet shirts and in one case swim trunks.
What are your experiences, and, does lack of dress code matter to you?
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Old Jan 1, 20, 6:28 am
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I'm surprised, especially that swimwear would be permitted as wet clothing can destroy the furniture. OTOH flip flops can be standard footwear in hot climates and can even be somewhat formal or evening in style, especially for women. Footwear with sand from the beach should be unacceptable. Personally, I prefer not to see singlets or "wife beaters" on men (bare chests would be preferable IMO) but it could be difficult for a hotel to define exactly what clothing is prohibited.

Resort clothing can differ from the standards for city hotels.
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I do prefer to wear always long pants, shirt and shoes at executive lounge, even for breakfast and even during holiday periods
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Old Jan 1, 20, 8:10 am
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As discussed, it is more important that the clothing and footwear is dry and clean than meet a particular style, also due to differences in hotel character and climate / weather. As far as I am concerned, you may appear there in your bathrobe, as long as it is securely fastened and you're not flashing me

Or perhaps if I am staying alone, I may relax the last condition

But more important is appropriate behaviour - which, I must say, I have rarely if ever had seen any counterexamples of. The worst thing could perhaps be loud behaviour (incl. phone conversations), being inebriated and not reigning in your little ones. Again, I have only experienced positive behaviour in lounges thus far.

Happy New Year and enjoy your lounges everyone!
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Old Jan 1, 20, 9:04 am
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Just arrived at the Raffles Jakarta which now has a lounge. Checked in at 8:15pm and the evening canapés go from 6-9pm(!!!)
I was wearing shorts on the flight here and asked a couple of times if I'd be OK to go into the lounge with shorts. No issues I was told.

Though the welcome letter did state that flip flops and shorts were not allowed.

(Re Pullman CP: I've also seen people come in wearing their bath robes. I was one of their very frequent guests who complained about what some guests wore into the lounge - and one of the reasons why they became quite strict)
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Old Jan 1, 20, 10:02 am
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Any time I've been in a Fairmont Gold lounge, they always had a rule that bathing suits and bathrobes were not allowed. Beyond that, I've never seen anything that required 'appropriate evening wear'. I've observed the level of enforcement somewhat mixed. I've seen people walk through in a bathrobe and slippers to grab some drinks and dessert and take them back to their room without any difficulty. And while I would never feel comfortable doing that myself, I can't say I'm particularly bothered by it. However, if a group of people sit down in the lounge in their robes to relax a while, that's when I typically see staff step in to enforce the rules. I'm more bothered by people coming in wearing wet clothing/bathing suits.
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Most hotels have a dress code for club lounges, but few actually enforce it. Personally, I am in favor of a dress code but also a code of conduct in hotel lounges as well as in airline lounges. You see more and more unacceptable behaviors like putting feet on furnitures, walking barefoot, giving video calls without headset, etc.
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I was recently told off in the lounge at the Fairmont Singapore (I'm not a fan of this place unlike many) for wearing sandals in the lounge alongside chinos and a formal but short sleeved shirt. I was told I needed to wear shoes and socks. The manner in which I was told this was far from pleasant so I asked why there was discrimination and inequality when almost every woman present was wearing sandals.

That met with the usual Singapore style response when they only know how to enforce rules but not what to do with a reasonable challenge to them. I said I would await a reasonable response before making any changes to my footwear and was not challenged again over the days until I left though I saw two other men chided. It's not where I usually stay in Singapore so I doubt I'll be back any time soon.
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This morning I was shocked to see someone in the breakfast room wearing swim wear. So yes, a dress code should be in place
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Old Jan 2, 20, 2:40 pm
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If a lounge has rules, I follow them. If they don't, I live and let live. I am not much for wearing a suit to breakfast when I am on holiday to be honest but to each his/her own.
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Old Jan 2, 20, 3:36 pm
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Originally Posted by remymartin View Post
This morning I was shocked to see someone in the breakfast room wearing swim wear. So yes, a dress code should be in place
What kind of swimwear and whereabouts? I wouldn't sport morning dress to a breakfast in a tropical resort...

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Old Jan 4, 20, 12:36 am
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What kind of swimwear and whereabouts? I wouldn't sport morning dress to a breakfast in a tropical resort...

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Old Jan 9, 20, 5:54 am
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What kind of swimwear and whereabouts? I wouldn't sport morning dress to a breakfast in a tropical resort...
Bangkok city hotel. Breakfast basically in the lobby.

I did see worse, though - in a Phuket Accor lobby a corpulent individual in two sizes too small speedos and shoes only at the reception counter.
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Old Jan 9, 20, 8:24 am
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Nah, the floating breakfast is the thing now .... or so I have been told
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Old Jan 9, 20, 8:26 am
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Originally Posted by remymartin View Post
Bangkok city hotel. Breakfast basically in the lobby.

I did see worse, though - in a Phuket Accor lobby a corpulent individual in two sizes too small speedos and shoes only at the reception counter.

Maybe they had an all you can eat offer ....
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