Wat Pho
Buddha statues at Wat Pho temple

I just returned from a wonderful luxury adventure to Bangkok, Thailand which included my first stay at a Conrad property. In case you didn’t know, Conrad (named for Hilton founder Conrad Hilton) is a luxury brand of Hilton Hotels, one level under Waldorf Astoria.

 


 

 

Conrad Bangkok
My very comfortable bed, with a Thai elephant at the edge

I had previously visited a Conrad hotel, having dined and partied at the Conrad Dubai. My stay at the Conrad Bangkok was my first true Conrad guest experience. I have to say, I was very impressed. The hotel itself, located on Wireless Road in one of Bangkok’s CBDs, next to the U.S. Embassy, is beautiful. It’s a resort-like property with a huge swimming pool complete with swim-up bar and seat niches along the edge, along with a whole playland for kids. My room, 2119, on one of the hotel’s club floor levels, was spectacular, certainly on the level of Four Seasons, Shangri-La or Ritz-Carlton. The large room had a lot of wood paneling, a work area and desk with an Aeron chair and a large, walk-in closet. The spa-like bathroom was huge, with a large, free-standing tub under the window, allowing for views across the city while bathing.

Here’s a video tour of my room:

Club lounge COnrad Bangkok
Breakfast (which was delicious) with a view over Bangkok from the club lounge

 


 

Food at the Conrad was excellent as well. I judge a hotel by the quality of their club lounge breakfast and the Conrad had quite a spread. I hear there was an even bigger buffet in the main cafe area, but I never made it down to check it out. Aside from fresh waffles, pancakes and an omelette station, there was a truly spectacular array of fruit, fresh juices, croissants and pastries and so on. Even two kinds of bacon (floppy and crispy). Everything I ate was very fresh and delicious. Check my YouTube channel for a tour of the lounge and of my room (and of the Conrad’s Presidential Suite) all of which will be posted in the next week. I also had a truly epic dim sum dinner at Liu, the Conrad’s contemporary Chinese restaurant.

Panda dim sum dessert
Funny panda dim sum, dessert at LIU

To get to Bangkok, I flew China Eastern Airlines‘ great Business Class service via Shanghai. The carrier has twice daily service to Shanghai from LAX, JFK, ORD and a few other North American gateway cities. From Shanghai, they fly to almost 200 destinations around the world. The airline uses new Boeing 777-300ER aircraft and I found the service excellent. Food and wine were great too and they have very nice, flat-bed, leather seats in a private 1-2-1 configuration.

China Eastern
The long flights were not an issue with comfortable leather seats that became flat beds.