Hotel review: Conrad Bangkok

Hotel review: Conrad Bangkok

I’ve already reviewed the executive lounge at Conrad, which, apart from a few service mishaps, was excellent. Now to the rest of the hotel.

The location

Conrad Bangkok is located around a 5-10 minute walk from Phloen Chit BTS station and the Central Embassy mall, so it’s a pretty central location. The surrounding buildings are mostly high-tower businesses and other hotels, but Lumphini Park is also right down the road if you wanna go for a run or a bicycle trip in green surroundings.

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The Conrad Bangkok exterior.

The hotel entrance can be a bit difficult to find, as it is on the back side of the All Seasons Place tower. You can, however, easily walk through the buildings to get there, and it is signed.

The hotel also offers a free shuttle bus to and from the BTS station, should you not want to walk.

 

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Conrad Bangkok lobby. Reception to the left.

The check-in and room

We arrived around 12.45 PM, and was told that our room was not available for us. I was a bit baffled we weren’t offered to check in or at least wait in the executive lounge, especially since I saw many guests being checked in there later. That said, we didn’t ask, either.

They did, however, offer to store our luggage and bring it to our room, and when we came back around 14.30, the room was indeed ready.

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Conrad Bangkok lobby bar.

We had an executive corner room, which I think is the same as a regular deluxe corner room, apart from the higher floor and lounge access. Our room was on the 26th floor, with a great view.

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Conrad Bangkok Executive corner room.

The room itself was spacious, but somewhat strangely laid out, with a long, mostly useless hallway between the door and the room itself. It contained a large bedroom with a desk and a small seating area next to the window, a walk-in closet and a small TV with a DVD player in the corner.

The marble bathroom was very large, with both a rainforest shower stall and a large bathtub.

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Conrad Bangkok Executive corner room, bathtub with a view (Yay for iPhone’s HDR function!)

Sliding, frosted doors separated the bed- and bathroom, and the room had windows throughout – even in the shower, but these were covered by non-removable blinds. If you like to take a bath with a view, the Conrad should have you covered, however.

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Conrad Bangkok Executive corner room shower.

The decor was stylish, with mostly calm earth tones. It was very clean, except for quite a lot of dust on the plastic covers on the drinking glasses.

I suspect these are rarely used because of the room’s lounge access, so it might be a good idea to change them a little more frequently.

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Great view from our room.

The sleep

The bed was extremely comfortable, striking the perfect balance between firm and soft for my back. The linen and bedding felt luxurious, and because of the high floor, it was really quiet and a great escape from the hustle and bustle that is Bangkok.

The airconditioning system was also both easy to operate, quiet and really efficient – I didn’t feel the need to go beyond the lowest fan level. Needless to say, I slept like a baby here.

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Some of the furniture was showing its age.

Toiletries were generously-sized and from the Refresh line by Aromatherapy Associates. They had a very unisex-friendly spa-like scent, and I liked them a lot. There was also mouthwash, dental kits, soap bars and the other usual stuff.

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Conrad Bangkok Aromatherapy Associates toiletries.

The rest

Facilities-wise, the Conrad is very well equipped. The pool area is very nice, although I suspect it will be very crowded in high season. The hotel has two tennis courts, a very nice gym, locker rooms with private showers, sauna and steam rooms.

There’s a hair dresser on site, and it “only” charges double what a regular hair dresser in town would.

Wifi was complimentary and overall pretty good, both in the room and especially in the executive lounge.

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Conrad Bangkok Wifi.
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Conrad Bangkok pool area.
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Conrad Bangkok tennis courts.

There are both Chinese and Japanese restaurants, in addition a lobby bar and coffee shops and an Italian restaurant in the tower complex outside the hotel. I didn’t try any of these, however.

I have no complaints about the hotel service apart from my gripes with a few of the staff in the executive lounge. I even made use of the complimentary shoe shine, which was supposed to be overnight, but the shoes were returned already the same evening.

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The verdict

The Conrad Bangkok offers very comfortable accomodation with great views over Bangkok, and the executive lounge offers good value for money compared to getting a regular room with breakfast.

All kinds of travel rates the Conrad Bangkok: 4,5 out of 5

I liked: Spacious room, good view, great toiletries, large bathtub, very comfortable shower, nice pool area

I disliked: No offer to wait in the executive lounge, hotel entrance a little tucked away in a back alley, some tired furnishings, small TV, a little walk to get to the BTS station

 

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