Introduction: A Trip to the Conrad Maldives
Star Alliance First Class Lounge at LAX
Star Alliance Business Class Lounge at LAX
Asiana A380 First Class Los Angeles to Seoul
Asiana Business Class Lounge in Seoul
Thai Airways 777-300 Business Class Seoul to Hong Kong
Conrad Hong Kong
Qantas Business Class Lounge Hong Kong
Sri Lankan A321 Business Class Hong Kong to Colombo
Serenediva Colombo Airside Transit Hotel
Serendib Lounge Colombo
SriLankan Airways A330-300 Business Class Colombo to Male
– Seaplane Ride, Male Airport Lounge, and Arrival
– Beach Villa
– Deluxe Beach Villa
– Superior Water Villa
– Ithaa Undersea Restaurant
Etihad A320 Business Class Male to Abu Dhabi
First Class Etihad Lounge Abu Dhabi
After landing in Hong Kong from our Thai Airways flight we were quickly through immigration and into a taxi in under 30 minutes. It was only a short 35 minute drive until we arrived at the Conrad Hong Kong.
Conrad Hong Kong Review
We were quickly offered assistance with our bags and also offered a cold water. After waiting just a few minutes we were checked into our room with the Hilton Honors Gold benefits clearly explained. For those not familiar the most meaningful benefits (for me) as Hilton Honors Gold is bonus points, free breakfast, and access to the club lounge.
The lobby felt very elegant, in a late 90’s sort of way:
Conrad Hong Kong Review: Room
We were given a room on the 53rd floor. The elevators were plenty quick (often a big complaint of mine when on a high floor). The hallways were long and curving with soft, dim lighting, lots of creamy colors, and wood tones:
Upon entering our room we found the room spacious enough. Very clean and well appointed. However, like the lobby, it was a little stuck in the 90’s, especially the bathroom. The view of the mountain was great though. It was relaxing to come back to our room each day and look out at the greenery after the hustle and bustle of Hong Kong.
We then of course promptly checked out the bathroom since there’s nothing I love more than a good bathrobe (no, really).
After settling in for a bit, and about to take a nap, we got a knock on our door with some complimentary hot tea. A nice gesture, absolutely, but as we were about to fall asleep I would have preferred a heads up on that.
We then went out for some delicious dim sum and met up for drinks with a friend who happened to be in Hong Kong at the same time as us…it really is a small world!
Upon returning turn-down service had been done with the Conrad’s signature bears…yes, these I did steal! There also were slippers by the side of each bed.
Overall I thought the room was very nice, and the bed was ridiculously comfortable. But the decor did feel outdated, especially the tile work in the bathroom.
Conrad Hong Kong Review: HHonors Breakfast
As Hilton Gold we had the option to dine in the club lounge or the restaurant. Having done my research ahead of time I decided to do the restaurant. Most reviews stated the club lounge breakfast was the exact same food, just a smaller selection.
These pictures were taken from our second day as the restaurant was much less crowded:
Our first breakfast was on a Sunday and the restaurant was PACKED. We were able to get a seat right away since we agreed to share a table with another group. So we ended up sitting at a circular table with a lovely expat couple who lived in Shanghai and had brought their toddler to Hong Kong for vaccinations. It was fun to chat with them and hear about their experiences living abroad.
The brunch featured a large buffet, I will let the pictures do the explaining:
The breakfast selection and quality was excellent. Especially considering all it takes for free breakfast is to be Hilton Gold via a $75 annual fee from the Hilton Honors Surpass card.
Conrad Hong Kong Review: Executive Lounge
The club lounge at the Conrad is located with a gorgeous view and offers breakfast and an afternoon tea with snacks and drinks. Although it seems spacious outside of breakfast and afternoon tea, it gets really crowded during those times.
We went to the full restaurant for breakfast, as mentioned, but did enjoy the hors d’ouevres offered in the afternoons and that there were servers all day so we could pop up there, get a cappuccino, etc. and enjoy the view.
Conrad Hong Kong Review: Location, bar, and other thoughts
As far as location the Conrad is on Hong Kong Island and nestled just between the Shangri-la and the JW Marriott. All three connect to the Pacific Place Mall which is very convenient. Sadly we were stuck inside one day due to a typhoon warning. Because of the connected mall we were still able to get a very tasty meal with excellent xioa long bao (soup dumplings) at one of the restaurants. The location also meant we could get to the subway without having to go outside, also very convenient!
Both nights that we returned to the Conrad we had a nightcap, per usual for me on vacation. With so many amazing cocktail bars in Hong Kong the bar at the Conrad was just plain NOT good. Considering one of the top cocktail bars in Hong Kong, the Lobster Bar, is right next door at the Shangri-la I would skip the Conrad bar entirely. Exhibit #1: the peppermint martini I ordered (or mouthwash? not sure…)
Although the typhoon warning didn’t lend itself to swimming we did check out the swimming pool the following morning before we departed. We didn’t get near the gym so no picture of that unfortunately…
Conrad Hong Kong Review: Final Thoughts
First of all, I booked the Conrad Hong Kong mainly because I had a surplus of Hilton points and my balances were low in my other hotel accounts. I knew this was not going to be one of the top 2 or 3 hotels in Hong Kong, despite being a Conrad. However, I found the service quite good, the room extremely comfortable, despite needing a refresh, and loved the location.
I certainly wouldn’t hesitate to return to the Conrad Hong Kong, especially considering the free breakfast perk I have as Hilton Gold, but would probably prefer to try the Intercontinental or Ritz-Carlton if I return to Hong Kong.