Arrival & Check-in
We arrived at the hotel via taxi from BKK, which took over an hour due to the traffic but cost only a few dollars. The hotel itself is situated near Limpini Park and the U.S. Embassy, but a bit far from the Skytrain and main downtown attractions. It was hot and steamy, but as soon as we walked in the door we were given a chilled towelette with which to wipe down before making our way to the check-in counter where we were served fresh fruit juice. There was no line at the counter so we were able to be helped immediately and given the keys to our room, which was upgraded to an Executive Corner room on account of my Diamond status. It wasn’t an Executive Suite as I had hoped, but a generous upgrade nevertheless.
The lobby itself was large, with the check-in counters to the left and a piano bar to the right. The atmosphere was good, but the lighting wasn’t great and so it was a bit dark. Otherwise, it seemed like a perfectly fine place to relax.
As mentioned, we were upgraded to an Executive Corner Room which provides a slightly larger layout than the typical pattern. Upon entrance, there is a small hallway with a wall of mirrors to the right.
Turning the corner, you have more mirrors, coffee supplies, and a convenient table to empty your pockets on.
Turning around, there is the fully-stocked mini bar (which we never touch) and more coffee supplies.
Behind the mini bar is a walk-in closet with a bench seat, safe, and plenty of storage.
Standing at the doorway of the closet and looking out into the room, there is a desk, a couple of lounge chairs, and TV. The space is used well, in my opinion.
The view from our window overlooking the city was quite nice as well
Heading into the bathroom, there is a walk-in shower and toilet to the right and nice large bathtub to the left. I didn’t grab a picture of the products provided, but they were worthy. The scale and tuck-away stool underneath the sink were a nice touch, too.
All in all, the room was befitting of the brand and very well prepared.
Because of my status and the fact that we were in an “executive” room, we had access to the Executive Lounge located on the 29th Floor. The lounge was spacious, inviting, and the staff was over-the-top friendly. It was essentially like having a full-time waitress, which I found to be common in this part of the world (but very uncommon in lounges in general). The lounge takes up most of the floor with an expansive (although not wide) footprint, with large windows overlooking the city and providing plenty of natural light.
The lounge serves, essentially, three meals per day. In the mornings, those with lounge access are entitled to take their breakfast there which features a comprehensive buffet with a wide variety of offerings and an egg/omelet chef on hand. Diamond members also have the option of taking their breakfast at “Café@2”, their full-service restaurant on the second floor. We tried Café@2 one morning and while the selection was larger, it was far too crowded and busy for our liking and so we decided to stick with the lounge for a quieter and more relaxing experience.
In the afternoon from 3pm to 5pm, they serve “Afternoon Tea” in the lounge which consists of a variety of teas and coffee with a number of snacks, small sandwiches, and cakes. We took advantage of this opportunity to grab a drink and escape the stifling outdoor heat.
In the evenings, they also had a “cocktail hour” between 6pm and 8pm where alcoholic drinks were served as well as a smattering of hors d’ouvres with cheese, crackers, dim sum, chicken skewers, olives, and other offerings. We could practically have a full meal just based on that, although we usually would just grab a drink and snack before heading out for the evening.
Finally, they have a small business center with three computers and a laser printer available for use at any time. This came in handy when I needed to print out the boarding passes for our onward flights!
I was exceptionally pleased with this lounge and it definitely rates as one of my favorites ever!
An Executive Corner room goes for 8,500 THB (~$250 USD) per night. We booked this using a 2-for-1 promo offered by the Visa Luxury Hotel Collection and so paid just $250 for both nights–an incredible value and given their great gym, fantastic lounge, and high level of service I was very pleased with this property. There are tons of high-end hotels in Bangkok and I can only assume that this is on par with many others. The downsides are that it can be quite expensive comparatively and that the location is far from the downtown tourist attractions.
We had a fantastic experience at the Conrad Bangkok. Everything from the attentive service to the upgraded room, the excellent offerings at the executive lounge, and the great gym really made this stay special. As I mentioned above, the real monetary value in this stay was that it was 50% off–otherwise I think the price is a bit high for Bangkok. That being said, I would absolutely stay here again on further trips to the city (but probably only using Hilton points!).
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Brandon Chase is a writer, endurance athlete, and guide based in Maine. He is a former Foreign Service Officer with the U.S. Department of State and spent nearly a decade overseas serving at embassies in Egypt, Cyprus, and Pakistan.
Along with a 98-day thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail, he has summited Mt. Kilimanjaro, hiked the West Highland Way, fastpacked in the Himalayas, and trekked around New Zealand and South Africa. He also regularly competes in ultramarathons at the 50k, 50-mile, and 100-mile distances. He is a Lead Guide for Andrew Skurka Adventures and the New England Outdoor Center.