Staying in Bangkok for Songkran, Thai New Year. 13-15 Apr. was actually really easy. Although I am sure lower end hotels were at a premium, staying at a five-star property turned out to be very easy. I used Hilton points and got a great deal at 104,000 pts. for five nights. That is actually the price for four night, but Hilton gives you the fifth night free whether you pay in money or points. I value Hilton points at 0.38 cents each, so the 104,000 was worth roughly $400. That’s a great price even in Asia where hotels tend to be cheaper.
We took a taxi from the airport to the Conrad for 500 Baht. Probably overpaid a little, but it was 2300 at night and I didn’t feel like haggling over 3 or 4 bucks. If you can have the driver use the meter, that’s the way to go and on the return it was 243 Baht. Do expect to pay for the tolls if you use the meter, but they were include with our flat rate.
The entrance and lobby were grand as you would expect with a top tier hotel. I went immediately to the Hilton Honors dedicated line which was empty, but the check in clerks still waited on the existing customers and only motioned me over when they finished with the regular patrons. So much for being a Diamond!
Using the Hilton APP, I knew ahead of time that we had been upgrade to a Junior Suite. It was everything I expected to find in a five-star suite.
I liked the desk set up as I typically still have to get work done no matter where I am in the world.
Dessert and fruit were left for us, which was a nice touch. They were all a type of candy coating over either soft cheese or sweet rice. A nice way to end the evening after a long flight.
The king sized bed was in the adjacent room with the bathroom beyond.
There was a cute fella on the bed and a similar one in the bathroom. The Thai version of the rubber duck I guess.
The bathroom was great and had both a bath and a glassed-in shower.
I highly recommend this hotel even though it is in the embassy area and not the heart of the city. It is a few blocks (and the hotel has a shuttle) to the Bangkok Transit System (BTS) – the primary mass transit system.
More on the hotel amenities, especially the lounge tomorrow.