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Room Report: Conrad Hotel Bangkok

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Arrival Experience: The beautiful city-center Conrad hotel is in the heart of the action and close to both business and tourist locales in bustling Bangkok. It is a favorite of Americans who find value in its Hilton HHonors affiliation. The hotel towers above the neighborhood with exceptional views of the city. Arrivals weave through a series of driveways to reach the lobby where friendly staffers welcome guests quickly and efficiently. In the lobby, the activity buzzes as guests come to and fro, and the hotel's shuttle gathers guests often to usher them quickly to the closest metro station on a regular basis (four times an hour during rush hour).

Dining: The new KiSara replaces the former Asian restaurant boasting a more Japanese influence including teppanyaki and sushi fare plus an Asian fusion selection. A Thai corner, Chinese selection, and even Japanese sake menu are on offer. The popular Sunday brunch draws in locals for the extensive fare. The second floor café adds to the dining options with additional buffet fare. Chinese meals are served at Liu for lunch and dinner, which regularly tops the list of the city's Chinese restaurants. Diplomat Bar is a favorite for evening cocktails while the Deli by Conrad serves breakfast and lunch for those in a hurry. By the pool, light snacks and drinks are also available in seasonal weather.

Accommodations: Guest rooms are among some of the most modern in the city with soft mattresses and thick duvets covering beds and their stacks of oversized pillows. By the beds are alarm clocks, and facing beds are flat-screen cable TVs, which sit by connected iPod docking stations that connect guests' favorite videos and music to the in-room screen. Spacious work desks have rolling chairs and ample power ports plus convenient high speed Internet (both wired and wireless for a fee). Coffeemakers, free bottled water, and full-length mirrors are in all rooms. Floor-to-ceiling windows are the rooms' hallmarks though with views of the entire city no matter what the floor. Small living areas sit in front of glass windows that connect the bedroom with the bathroom. Curtains can be drawn for privacy, but many prefer to leave them open adding to the spacious feel as they bathe in the deep soaking tubs. Aromatherapy Associates toiletries grace all of the marble bathrooms as do scales, makeup mirrors, robes, slippers, and glass shower stalls. Executive floor guest rooms enjoy free high speed Internet (whether wireless or wired) plus welcome exotic fruit bowls and access to the 29th floor club lounge with free breakfast and evening cocktails.

Conclusion: The freeform outdoor pool is an oasis in the bustling city center with resort-style umbrellas shading cushioned desk chairs. A health club caters to fitness buffs while the Seasons Spa offers a host of massage and beauty treatments for those that want to be pampered. A total of 22 function rooms draws in groups of all sizes to utilize the hotel's outstanding conference facilities, which includes high-tech audiovisual functionality. Conrad excels among Bangkok's luxury hotels while providing affordable accommodations for business travelers and tourists looking for Hilton-affiliated lodging.

Charlotte travelers can reach Bangkok on numerous carriers from Douglas International Airport including one-stop flights on Lufthansa and US Airways via Europe.

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