My recent stay at the Sheraton Downtown Los Angeles was preceded by a night at the Hyatt Regency Long Beach. Both properties have executive lounges, but the contrast is stark. To be fair, I find the downtown LA Sheraton to be a friendly and convenient hotel that typically accommodates Plats in corner rooms. In the evening, the Sheraton lounge had stone-cold cheese empanadas requiring guest reheating in the microwave, along with a few raw vegetables and dip, nuts, cheese squares, crackers, grapes and limp cookies. An attendant offered wine and beer for $7 to $8 plus tax (vs. $4 to $5 tax-free for a wide variety of self-serve adult beverages at the Hyatt). Unlike Hyatt, a partially filled tip jar stood prominently on the desk of the club attendant, who was making nonstop personal calls from that desk. In the morning, the lounge offered small yogurts, cold cereal, cut fruit, muffins and pastries, bread and bananas. Is this typical of North American Sheraton club lounges? If so, I won't be factoring the lounge into my cost-effectiveness calculations when making stay decisions.