“The time is appropriate,” said Bjorn Hanson, dean of the Preston Robert Tisch Center for Hospitality, Tourism and Sports Management at New York University. Upgrades were a priority from 2005 to 2007, but since then, many hotels have deferred investments, Mr. Hanson said. “Frankly, some of these facilities need to be refurbished and redesigned.” Investing in lounges is smart, he said, because they attract travelers who are less cost-conscious. Lounges are generally areas set aside for premium customers to work and relax, far from the hotel’s lobby. Sheraton Hotels & Resorts and the owners of its hotels are spending about $108 million to upgrade 120 club lounges around the world, said Hoyt H. Harper, global brand leader. Before the redesign, layouts were not well planned, televisions were outdated and Wi-Fi was not widely available, he said. Most new lounges will offer better views, upgraded services like manager’s receptions, wider food and beverage choices, free Wi-Fi, high-quality color printers, flat-screen televisions, and even game tables. The lounges will be open seven days a week and in some cases, 24 hours a day. “We found that our guests like having the lounge open on the weekend and into the night as well,” Mr. Harper said. Get the full story at The New York Times (free content)