Many hotel lounges offer a breakfast spread and an afternoon Happy Hour spread. Depending on how substantial the food is, sometimes happy hour can even become a dinner substitute. Not only do the Conrad Bangkok have an impressive spread for both, they actually went above ad beyond to offer an Afternoon Tea service. That’s why the Conrad Bangkok Executive Lounge deserves its own post.
This trip report/review is part of a series. See also:
- 1. Trip to Southeast Asia – Introduction
- 2. Hyatt at the Bellevue, Philadelphia (King Room)
- 3. Hyatt at the Bellevue, Philadelphia (Junior Suite)
- 4. EVA Air Royal Laurel (Business Class) “Hello Kitty” Jet Houston-Taipei
- 5. Grand Hyatt Taipei (Haunted?) Grand Suite
- 6. InterContinental Hong Kong Patio Room
- 7. Coral Executive Lounge Bangkok-Don Mueang
- 8. AirAsia “Premium Flex” Chiang Mai to Bangkok-Don Mueang
- 9. Conrad Bangkok (King Room)
- 10. Conrad Bangkok Executive Lounge
- 11. Conrad Bangkok Presidential Suite Bedroom
- 12. Grand Hyatt Bangkok Grand King Room
- 13. Thai Airways 777-300ER Royal Silk Business Class Bangkok to Stockholm
- 14. Park Hyatt Istanbul Park Deluxe Twin Room
- 15. Turkish Airlines Lounge Istanbul (“July 15 Heroes of Democracy Lounge”)
- 16. Turkish Airlines A330 Business Class Istanbul-Washington DC
As a Hilton HHonors Gold member, I get breakfast with stays at Conrad properties. However, executive lounge access is only included if you are upgraded to a room at the Executive Lounge level. In my case, I booked an Executive room outright, so I had access to the lounge.
The service at the lounge was very attentive. A staff member came by to offer drinks as soon as I sat down at breakfast and at
dinner cocktail hour. Even though the lounge did get busy at times, tables were cleared and refills were offered at least every 15 minutes. During breakfast, the lounge manager even came by to guests who were sitting alone to chat with them, which I thought was really thoughtful.
I should also note that options in all spreads were also changed daily, and I didn’t encounter the same spread twice during my four-night stay.
Many hotels only offer a limited continental breakfast at their lounges, perhaps only continental, or maybe without an omelette station. That’s not the case at the Conrad Bangkok. Let’s start with the cold selections, which was extensive in its own rights.
There was a good selection of fresh juices, as well as fruit salads and two smoothies.
As far as hot selections go, there were a few Western options along the wall. There was an egg station, where you can order omelettes and eggs made to order.
Finally, there is a selection of hot Asian food hiding behind the bread table. I actually didn’t notice this until my third day at the hotel, so make sure you check around the “grass wall!”
Finally, the book shelf of the lounge actually got converted to a pastry station during breakfast hours. That’s how extensive he spread is—they are running out of room!
The afternoon tea was less elaborate, though still pretty great if you want a more substantial snack in the afternoon. The center table offered a tower of finger sandwiches and fruit skewers. The side table, on the other hand, had warm scones and a selection of desserts.
As I mentioned, they changed up the section every day. Here is another set of “Afternoon Tea” I had during my stay. All of the options were served buffet style, and they actually didn’t have staff members roaming around to serve drinks during this time.
It was raining for a few nights during my visit to Bangkok, so my friend and I enjoyed the cocktail hour on a few occasions. The food spread was extensive, and had both hot and cold selections.
There was an antipasto table with cured meats and olives, as well as a selection of breads.
The center table had largely cold selection. A soba noodle station was always available, along with rotating appetizers and desserts.
Along the wall were a few hot selections. I think they are supposed to be appetizers, but on a few nights I actually saw lo mein and chicken breasts, so I think we are officially in the “basically entrees” territory.
Just to give you an idea, here is what I had during two different cocktail hours. Instagram-worthy, I know.
The matcha creme brûlée was sinfully delicious, and I may have had so many that the staff actually commented on it…(in the nicest way…since she also admitted she had quite a few…)
Finally, the table by the grass display had a few wine on ice that guests could help themselves to. Interestingly, they actually didn’t have any other alcohol on display, but you can order whatever you’d like (as long as the hidden bartender knows how to make it, I assume).
As I mentioned in another post, our stay overlapped with a referendum voting in Thailand. Alcohol was banned immediately before and after the vote, and the Executive Lounge wasn’t allowed to serve alcohol for those two nights. However, the staff proactively offered virgin drinks and juices during those hours.
Still to Come…
Overall, this is one of the best hotel lounges I have experienced, both in terms of quality/selection of food and in service attentiveness.
I have previously reviewed the Executive King Corner room at the Conrad Bangkok, which was not the room type I had booked. For the last three nights, my friend and I were moved to a twin room on the top floor, even more impressive, it’s the bedroom that connects to the Presidential Suite! Stay tune for the review.