Bangkok is a thriving metropolis with plenty going on and right in the middle frv finds a hotel with buckets of style and attitude.
Text by David Trauts
If you’ve ever felt like spoiling yourself for a weekend away in one of the finest hotels and cities in the region, Conrad Bangkok could be the place to do it.
Right from the arrival, the service and the touch of class of Conrad is as shining as the E Series Mercedes that was awaiting us at the airport. After an ordinary flight, back-block distant park and long bus drive to the arrival hall, there standing at the top of the elevator was the smiling and jolly Khun Supachai, the Conrad’s airport representative. A quick smile and introduction was a welcoming counterpoint to the Thai Airlines flight. Waiting for the baggage to arrive, our new acquaintance began explaining to us all the possibilities that lay ahead in a long weekend trip to Bangkok. There appeared to be a lot to choose from.
After the chauffeur driven drive to the center of town and arrival at the prestigious Conrad Bangkok, we were shown to our rooms and began to admire the finer details of the Executive room. 27 floors up with a breathtaking view over the city, timber paneled, and all the modern accouterments like ipod dock, massive LCD flat screen, DVD player, free internet access and glass window to the bathroom, we began to relax. The rooms are contemporary, comfortable and above all, sexy. Plush fabrics, carpets and timber trimmings top off the excellent décor and warmth of the rooms.
The service of the Conrad is exceptional. As a business hotel and winner of the coveted Business Traveler magazine’s Best Bangkok Business Hotel Award and a sway of other honours, the Conrad Bangkok stands tall in the sea of Bangkok hotels. From the moment waking to retiring at night, service is on hand for all requirements. Whether it’s a hand towel and T.V. turned on and tuned in mounting the treadmill at the gym or the directions to a business meeting written in Thai for your taxi driver, someone is always on hand to give their utmost attention to the guest. No doubt the Thai nature is part of this, but also the training from this higher-end cousin to the Hilton group has something to bear.
As is now the norm in most business hotels around the world, the Executive Lounge is sited near the top of the 32 floor Conrad building. Breakfast is served for executive guests with views right over the city. The lounge also offers a private computer room with a line up of Macs with free high-speed internet access to keep any com-nerd busy for hours or the traveling businessman to keep up with things at any time of the day. Morning and afternoon teas are also served in the Executive Lounge.
Non-executives aren’t left out in the cold by any means. The rooms are more or less the same size as their upstairs counterparts, except the glass paneled wall between the bed and bathroom is a solid wall instead of the glass upstairs and the flat-screen T.V. is substituted for a more standard model. The styling is more or less the same.
Dining options abound at Conrad Bangkok and we tried the, again, award winning, Japanese restaurant Drinking Tea and Eating Rice on the 3rd floor. The uber-stylish and understated venue delivers simplicity in décor and cuisine with the Tepanyaki station being the central focus. Our chefs chopped, sliced and cooked us through a range of vegetables, fish and finishing off with an optimum cut of Wagyu Beef perfectly cooked and served―there’s something about the Wagyu that defies gravity, melting in one’s mouth, totally delicious.
Other dining choices include the Liu Chinese restaurant featuring Cantonese, Sechuen and Shiang Hai menus, the Italian fine-dining, Italianate, the international Café@2 on the second floor where breakfasts and buffets are served and the City Terrace by the pool where light meals and snacks are on offer. Deli by Conrad creeps out of the hotel area and into the neighbouring luxury goods mall with a café style bakery where pastries and breads are baked and sold.
The Diplomat Bar on the ground floor, adjacent to the front lobby had American-born resident jazz vocalist, Cherryl Hayes singing every night with her back-up band while we were there. The sultry African American with a voice to match filled the bar with jazz lovers every night. The 87 Plus nightclub at the Conrad also has live music most nights.
As you can see there’s plenty happening at the Conrad Bangkok. The service is especially good, everything on offer is of the highest standard, and their attitude? They have the right attitude. If in Bangkok for business or a weekend’s pleasure trip, the Conrad Bangkok cannot be surpassed.