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Thailand 2014: Conrad Koh Samui

While the Park Hyatt Tokyo might be the nicest hotel I’ve ever stayed at, the Conrad Koh Samui deserves some sort of superlative as well because this place is incredible. The views are absolutely stunning, the service is wonderful, and it’s a great spot for relaxation.

The view from the hotel lobby

The view from the hotel lobby

For our trip, we decided to rent a car so we wouldn’t be stuck at the hotel the whole time. Beware: you need to be comfortable driving up very, very steep roads to get to the Conrad. If you’ve driven extensively in SF, you’re probably okay, but it’s really steep and curvy to get to the hotel lobby.

With GPS and in daylight, the drive from the airport to the hotel wasn’t too bad. It took a little getting used to driving on the left side of the road and navigating the relatively small and crowded streets, but we got to the Conrad in about an hour. There’s a Tesco Lotus on the left-hand side of the road on the way to the hotel, and lots of people recommend stopping there to get snacks since the hotel is pretty isolated and the hotel restaurants are all pretty pricey.

When we arrived, we were greeted with cold towels and a refreshing drink. We were assigned room 218, which has unobstructed views (as do most of the rooms) and is walkable to breakfast.

The rooms are gorgeous. Sitting in bed, you can have a view of your private pool and the ocean. There’s a giant tub (that’s honestly pretty impractical/wasteful because it takes forever to fill) and spacious bathroom. But the private infinity pool is easily the best part.

Bed

Bed

TV and view into bathroom

TV and view into bathroom

Giant tub

Giant tub

Separate shower

Separate shower

Loungers by the pool

Loungers by the pool

More pool seating

More pool seating

Unobstructed views

Unobstructed views

Waiting in our room was a small welcome amenity of some fruit and baked goods. Every day at turndown service, more baked goods would arrive.

Welcome amenity

Welcome amenity

The hotel must do a really good job at bug spraying, because there are very few mosquitos on the property. There were lots of ants running around the pool, so I wouldn’t leave the doors to the room open, but it was nice to not have to coat myself in DEET throughout the stay.

The Conrad Koh Samui is really the perfect place to do nothing. An average day for me would be to do some morning yoga, eat a long breakfast, sit by the pool and read, swim a little, sit by the pool some more, swim some more, do a little bit of exploring, watch the sunset, eat dinner off property, come back for an evening swim, and go to bed. There’s a larger main pool for the resort, which is where you should go if you want to swim laps, but the main area can get pretty windy, and the beach isn’t anything special, so there’s not much reason to leave your room unless you want someone to bring you drinks.

View down to the main pool

View down to the main pool

While other reviews I’ve read have been unimpressed with breakfast, I enjoyed it a lot. The Thai eggs benedict was essentially just a poached egg on an English muffin with curry on top, but I loved it. The food wasn’t the best food I ate in Thailand by any means, but I was perfectly happy to eat there for four days. You can also request a coconut as a drink, if you’re so inclined. And although breakfast officially ends at 10:30am, the staff didn’t seem strict about it, and you’re definitely allowed to loiter there well past the end time.

Outside seating at breakfast

Outside seating at breakfast

Hot food options

Hot food options

Egg and pancake/waffle station

Egg and pancake/waffle station

Foods like noodles and congee

Foods like noodles and congee

Pastries

Pastries

Salads and other food

Salads and other food

I found the service at the hotel to be wonderful, and English proficiency was very high. Everyone was cheerful, and the staff would always provide a greeting, even if you’re just driving by in a buggy. There were lots of small touches, like if you’re working out in the gym and running low on water, someone will probably notice and hand you a new bottle. Or I tried going to one of the workout classes and it happened to be cancelled, and I later received a call  with profuse apologies and an offer to reschedule the class to any other time of my choosing.

We didn’t eat at the hotel except for breakfast, so I can’t comment on the other food options at the hotel. We did ask one of the hotel staff for restaurant recommendations in the area, and he gave us the typical touristy recommendations which included Green Talay (which is much espoused on Flyertalk). I asked him if he would ever eat there, and he laughed and said no because Green Talay was for farangs and had good food but was too expensive, so I asked him for where he would eat as a local, and he recommended the restaurant that’s kitty corner to the Family Mart at the turn off from 4170 to get to the hotel. We ended up eating at his recommended restaurant, and we enjoyed it. The ambiance is pretty dismal as it’s just an open-air seating area with the family’s daughter watching Thai TV, but it’s probably the best Thai food for your baht that you’ll find close to the hotel. A giant bowl of delicious green curry was 100 baht, and they’ll make it Thai spicy for you if you choose.

Overall, the Conrad Koh Samui is a great spot for seclusion and relaxation. I’m not sure how you can get much better than your own private infinity pool, and the service at the hotel is top notch. You shouldn’t go to Koh Samui if you’re looking for a great cultural or food experience, but if you’re looking for R&R, this place is great. I booked this hotel at a pre-devaluation AXON award rate, which was an absolute steal at only 145k Hilton points for 4 nights. This hotel is now either 80k (during February and March) or 95k points per night (the rest of the year), which unfortunately makes it a much harder redemption, but this hotel could be a good candidate for the two free weekend night certificates that come with the Citi Hilton Reserve credit card.

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Thailand 2014: Le Meridien Chiang Mai

Le Meridien Chiang Mai is a Category 2 SPG property, which means that weekday nights go for 4,000 points per night, while weekend nights are 3,000 points per night. They’re also known for having great treatment of SPG Platinums, with most Platinums reporting receiving an upgrade to a corner suite.

The hotel isn’t too far from the train station. It’s definitely walkable if it’s not too hot out and you don’t have much luggage. While the first touts right outside the train station wanted 150 baht to take us, we walked just outside the first ring of people and found a songtaew (Chiang Mai’s answer to transit) to take us for 30 baht per person. A regular trip should only cost 20 baht per person, but we did have luggage, so I didn’t raise a fuss. The driver did end up waiting a little bit longer to see if he could fill up his truck with more passengers, but we departed within a couple of minutes.

Hotel lobby

Hotel lobby

While I’m personally not an SPG Platinum, I do know people who are, and I may or may not have used this to my advantage to get upgraded to an executive suite. The room was nice and spacious, with a separate living area, large bedroom, giant walk-in closet, and huge bathroom with separate toilet, tub, and shower. The only downside to the room I found was the numerous light switches, which were somewhat hard to navigate (although I guess provided better customization?).

Living room of suite

Living room of suite

View of entrance to suite

View of entrance to suite

Bedroom of suite

Bedroom of suite

Giant bathroom and tub

Giant bathroom and tub

View from the suite

View from the suite

We received a welcome amenity of macarons and fruit, and I know you shouldn’t look a gift horse in the mouth, but these macarons were easily the worst macarons I’ve ever eaten in my life. They were stale and hard and dense. I also found the assortment of fruit to be odd given that we were in Thailand.

Welcome amenity

Welcome amenity

Since we had executive lounge access, we decided to check out the lounge for afternoon tea. There was a typical assortment of snacks and desserts, and the lounge wasn’t crowded when we visited.

Snacks for afternoon tea

Snacks for afternoon tea

The gym was on the smaller side but had a decent assortment of equipment. There were a number of hotel guests using the hotel pool, but we stayed out of it during our stay.

Gym equipment

Gym equipment

Gym equipment part 2

Gym equipment part 2

Swimming pool

Swimming pool

The hotel has done a good job of staying busy, as there were always tons of people in the lobby. This unfortunately meant that you had to wait a long time to speak to anyone at the front desk and that breakfast was quite crowded, even very early in the morning. I chose to take breakfast in the downstairs restaurant for the first two days, but then I decided I was fine with the lesser selection in the executive lounge and ate in the much less crowded lounge for the remaining days. I thought the best part about breakfast was the noodle bar, which is perhaps a little odd conceptually for westerners, but I loved having a savory bowl of noodle soup for breakfast.

Breakfast pastries

Breakfast pastries

Breakfast hot food

Breakfast hot food

More breakfast options

More breakfast options

Noodle bar

Noodle bar

More breakfast food

More breakfast food

A lot of people like Le Meridien because of its location in the night bazaar. The night bazaar quite literally surrounds the hotel, but I found the night bazaar to be underwhelming and a little depressing compared to the Saturday and Sunday walking streets. The location for the hotel is good, though, and it’s within walking distance of a lot of good food.

Overall, I enjoyed this hotel a lot. The location is good, the price was cheap (3,000 points for a weekend night is a steal), and you can’t beat the price if you’re a Platinum member and are going to get an executive suite. While the service in the executive lounge was good, I was not impressed with the service at the front desk, and the fact that you almost always had to wait to talk to someone was not helpful.

Thailand 2014: Millennium Hilton Bangkok

When I was booking the hotel in Bangkok, I was deciding between the Millennium Hilton and the Conrad. I ultimately chose the Millennium due to its supposedly better location for tourists, since it’s located on the river, and many tourist attractions are located along the river. In the future, though, I’d probably try to choose a hotel closer to a BTS station, as it got a little old after the second day to have to take the hotel’s shuttle boat every single time you wanted to get anywhere.

Since our flight arrived quite late at night, the only option was to take a taxi to the hotel, so we went to the taxi queue and got a taxi. At first, the driver tried to take us for a flat fee, but I insisted on the meter. He still ended up taking us on a VERY roundabout way and driving 90+ miles per hour, but at the end, the total cost was 570 baht (450 fare + 50 airport surcharge + 70 for tolls), which was only a couple of dollars more than the fare should have been, and I didn’t feel like arguing at 1am.

View of the hotel from the river

View of the hotel from the river

The first thing I noticed about the hotel was the mosquitos. Granted, this hotel is in Bangkok, and there are mosquitos in Bangkok, but there were mosquitos in all of the common areas of the hotel, including the lobby, restaurant, and executive lounge. You should definitely wear bug spray whenever you’re not in your room.

Hotel lobby

Hotel lobby

I was upgraded to an executive room, which was on the smaller size but adequate. The room was nicely furnished and had a lot of stuff in it, which made it feel a little bit crowded. The bed was large and comfortable, the bathroom was large, but the biggest problem I had with the room was the lack of separation between the bed and the bathroom. There’s no actual wall, but instead there are just slats like a window shade separating the two, which I found less than ideal.

Entrance (note the blinds into the bathroom)

Entrance (note the blinds into the bathroom)

Room

Room

Room

Room

Bathroom

Bathroom

I was told that I could get breakfast at either the executive lounge or at Flow, the hotel’s ground floor restaurant. The first day, I got breakfast at the executive lounge, but I ended up eating at Flow the rest of my stay due to the slightly better selection. The service in the executive lounge was great, and the views were quite good.

View from the executive lounge

View from the executive lounge

Executive lounge seating

Executive lounge seating

More lounge seating

More lounge seating

Executive lounge breakfast spread

Executive lounge breakfast spread

Lounge breakfast

Lounge breakfast

More lounge breakfast

More lounge breakfast

Moar breakfast

Moar breakfast

I also got afternoon tea in the lounge one day, and they served everyone who arrived an entire tray of snacks that were decently tasty for a complimentary tea.

 

Afternoon tea in the lounge

Afternoon tea in the lounge

Breakfast in the lounge was a more impersonal affair, but the selection was better. In particular, I enjoyed the hot soy milk and toppings on offer, as well as the noodle bar. Otherwise, I’d probably choose the executive lounge given the better views and service.

 

Flow restaurant

Flow restaurant

Restaurant breakfast

Restaurant breakfast

More restaurant breakfast

More restaurant breakfast

More restaurant breakfast

More restaurant breakfast

Soy milk and toppings

Soy milk and toppings

Pastries at breakfast

Pastries at breakfast

Overall, I found the breakfast offerings at the hotel to be quite good, and I didn’t get tired of the food after four days. The food ranged from decent to good, and the selection was varied with American, Thai, Japanese, Chinese, and Indian food on offer.

I didn’t use too many of the hotel’s facilities except for the gym, but the pool area seemed to be relatively popular. Besides the pool, there were plenty of places to get some sun, including a fake “beach” area, and a couple of small fresh water jacuzzis. The gym had a decent selection of machines, but I particularly liked the large multi-use room that they had.

Swimming pool

Swimming pool

Fresh water jacuzzi

Fresh water jacuzzi

"Beach" area near the pool

“Beach” area near the pool

Gym

Gym

Multi-purpose room in the gym

Multi-purpose room in the gym

Overall, I enjoyed my stay at the Millennium Hilton. The room served my needs, housekeeping was good, breakfast was pretty good, and the service was competent. Honestly, my biggest complaint about the hotel is the elevators, which were terribly slow and often seemed to stop on floors with no one on them. I’m not sure I’d stay at this hotel again due to its location, which is good for first-time visitors to Bangkok, but relatively inconvenient otherwise since you essentially have to take the river boat to get anywhere. The hotel offers complimentary boats to the Saphan Taksin BTS station and to a mall called River City right across the river, but the boat essentially adds 20 minutes each way to any trip.

Tokyo for the New Year: Park Hyatt Zurich

Austrian Airlines Business Class Chicago to Vienna
Austrian Airlines Business Class Schengen Lounge Vienna
Austrian Airlines Regional Business Class Vienna to Prague
Turkish Airlines Regional Business Class Prague to Istanbul
Turkish Airlines Lounge Istanbul
Turkish Airlines Business Class Istanbul to Tokyo Narita
Park Hyatt Tokyo
Shinjuku Kuyakushomae Capsule Hotel
Ushigoro
Hilton Narita
Narita-san Shinsho-ji
Swiss Business Class Tokyo Narita to Zurich
Park Hyatt Zurich
Oneworld Lounge Zurich Airport
Swiss Business Lounge Zurich Airport
Austrian Airlines Regional Business Class Zurich to Vienna
Austrian Airlines Business Class Vienna to Chicago


For my overnight layover in Zurich, I decided to spend the other free night certificate from my Chase Hyatt card at the Park Hyatt Zurich, which is now a category 7 hotel. The hotel was relatively easy to get to via train and tram.

Park Hyatt Zurich

Park Hyatt Zurich

Upon walking into the hotel, it definitely felt expensive and luxurious, but the service wasn’t quite as good as the service I experienced at the Park Hyatt Tokyo. There was nothing outwardly wrong with the service, but in general, things felt less polished, and the staff felt more inexperienced, so it’s not the same effortless magic that you can experience at other hotels.

Lobby

Lobby

I checked in at the front desk and was escorted to my room. The room was large for just myself, and there were multiple seating options and a large bathroom. There are sliding doors between the bathroom and the bedroom in addition to a normal door, so you can stare at someone taking a shower from the bedroom if you wish. I’m not sure why they do this?

Bed and view into bathroom

Bed and view into bathroom

Seating in room

Seating in room

More room

More room

The amenities in the bathroom were Blaise Mautin, just like at the Park Hyatt Paris Vendome, and when I called to ask for a shaving kit, it was promptly delivered by housekeeping. It was also an actual kit and much nicer than the normal stuff that comes stocked in rooms, so perhaps it’s better to have some toiletries on demand so they can invest more in them.

Shower and tub

Shower and tub

Sink and mirror with built-in screen

Sink and mirror with built-in screen

I explored the hotel’s amenities, and this part was definitely a bit of a letdown compared to the Park Hyatt Tokyo. The gym was rather small without much useful equipment (for me), though they did have a sauna. But it’s no iconic swimming pool and exercise rooms with sweeping views of the city.

Small gym

Small gym

Sauna

Sauna

Overall, this hotel was nice, and the downtown of Zurich is quite walkable so it has a good location. But I really don’t understand why people would pay the rack rate for the hotel, as most things about the hotel are nice but unremarkable, like the service and the amenities. Then again, Zurich is a ridiculously expensive city, so maybe it makes sense, but you’d be much better off spending your points at a different Park Hyatt.

Tokyo for the New Year: Hilton Narita

Austrian Airlines Business Class Chicago to Vienna
Austrian Airlines Business Class Schengen Lounge Vienna
Austrian Airlines Regional Business Class Vienna to Prague
Turkish Airlines Regional Business Class Prague to Istanbul
Turkish Airlines Lounge Istanbul
Turkish Airlines Business Class Istanbul to Tokyo Narita
Park Hyatt Tokyo
Shinjuku Kuyakushomae Capsule Hotel
Ushigoro
Hilton Narita
Narita-san Shinsho-ji
Swiss Business Class Tokyo Narita to Zurich
Park Hyatt Zurich
Oneworld Lounge Zurich Airport
Swiss Business Lounge Zurich Airport
Austrian Airlines Regional Business Class Zurich to Vienna
Austrian Airlines Business Class Vienna to Chicago


I decided to spend my last night in Tokyo not in Tokyo at all but in Narita. My flight wasn’t so early that I had to stay near the airport, but I had read that one of the most traditional new year’s activities in Japan is to go to a temple, and Narita has one of the largest temples and most-visited temples. Since I had a small stash of Hilton points, I chose to redeem 20k Hilton points for one night at the hotel.

To get to the hotel, I took a JR train to Narita station, and then took the hotel shuttle from Narita station to the hotel. The shuttle wasn’t particularly convenient as it didn’t run very often, was shared with two other hotels, and often made stops at the Aeon mall.

Hilton Narita lobby

Hilton Narita lobby

Check-in area

Garden/waterfall in the center of the hotel

Check-in was relatively quick, and I received a voucher for breakfast and a pass for the gym and pool. I received a room on one of the top floors, and I believe it was an upgraded room as it was quite large. The bed was comfortable, the room temperature could be controlled, and it was simple yet functional.

Bed

Bed

Furnishings

Furnishings

Bathroom

Bathroom

The hotel isn’t far away from the airport at all, so I could occasionally hear planes arriving and departing. It also made for some good plane watching, as I even saw the Turkish flight that I had arrived on.

View from my window (decent plane watching)

View from my window (decent plane watching)

I decided to check out the gym and pool, and while the gym was quite large, I didn’t see a squat rack or any other place to lift heavy free weights, so I didn’t work out.

Gym

Gym

Pool

Pool

The most interesting feature about the hotel is that it seems like every single airline’s crew stays here. I remember seeing crew from United, Air Canada, Swiss, and Emirates, and that’s not even half of them. Definitely the place to stay if you want to socialize with/get to “know” airline crew.

Breakfast the next morning had a decent spread but was quite crowded. I enjoyed squeezing chocolate and peanut butter out of tubes, and all of the buffet items were replaced regularly. There was plenty of western breakfast items as well as Asian foods like congee.

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Overall, it’s a decent hotel near the airport and a good use of Hilton points since you’re not going to get much else out of them since the devaluation. While the hotel shuttle isn’t that convenient to/from the town of Narita, it’s passable, and Narita is an interesting place to walk around for an afternoon or night.

Tokyo for the New Year: Park Hyatt Tokyo

Austrian Airlines Business Class Chicago to Vienna
Austrian Airlines Business Class Schengen Lounge Vienna
Austrian Airlines Regional Business Class Vienna to Prague
Turkish Airlines Regional Business Class Prague to Istanbul
Turkish Airlines Lounge Istanbul
Turkish Airlines Business Class Istanbul to Tokyo Narita
Park Hyatt Tokyo
Shinjuku Kuyakushomae Capsule Hotel
Ushigoro
Hilton Narita
Narita-san Shinsho-ji
Swiss Business Class Tokyo Narita to Zurich
Park Hyatt Zurich
Oneworld Lounge Zurich Airport
Swiss Business Lounge Zurich Airport
Austrian Airlines Regional Business Class Zurich to Vienna
Austrian Airlines Business Class Vienna to Chicago


From the airport, I took an airport limo bus to the Park Hyatt Tokyo. They have buses that stop in front of the Park Hyatt, and a one-way ticket combined with a one-day metro pass was 3100 yen. The bus ride is long, as Narita is quite far from Tokyo, and the Park Hyatt was the last stop on the bus that I took, so I ended up getting to the hotel about one hour and 45 minutes after the bus left from the airport.

Once I arrived at the hotel, I was immediately welcomed and asked if I was staying at the hotel that night. I said that I was and gave them my name, and then I was whisked up to the 41st floor for check in. As we approached the check-in area, an agent greeted me by name and escorted me to the room since in-room check-in is a Platinum member benefit. I have Platinum status through the Chase Hyatt credit card, and I used one of the free night certificates from the sign-up bonus to pay for my stay.

The Park Hyatt is definitely the nicest hotel that I’ve stayed at. Everything about it feels luxurious, from the incredible views to the prompt service. Every person that I interacted with made me feel welcomed and like nothing I could ask for was too much of a hassle.

Atrium as you get off the elevator

Atrium as you get off the elevator

The room offered plenty of space for myself, with a large and comfortable bed and a spacious bathroom. The toilet was a typical Japanese toilet with heated seats and numerous functions, and I wonder why more countries haven’t adopted heated toilet seats.

Bed

Bed

TV and welcome amenity

TV and welcome amenity

Separate tub and shower

Separate tub and shower

Japanese toilet

Japanese toilet

View from my room

View from my room

After putting down my stuff, I went to the 45th floor to go to the gym, which is actually on the 47th floor. The views from the gym are stunning, and it was one of my favorite parts of the hotel. The gym was actually decently equipped with free weights instead of the typical treadmill/elliptical/hand weights that you find at most hotel gyms, so I was able to get a good workout in, which felt great after sitting on planes and letting my muscles atrophy for the past 2 days.

Swimming pool and gym

Swimming pool and gym

Later that night, I went to the New York Bar to further recreate the “Lost in Translation” experience and listen to live jazz. While there’s normally a 2200 yen cover charge once the jazz starts, this is waived for hotel guests, and there was no pressure by the wait staff to order anything as a hotel guest.

Jazz at the New York Bar

Jazz at the New York Bar

The next morning, I headed back to the gym for a morning swim and some sunrise yoga. Words can’t do this experience any justice.

Sunrise view from my room

Sunrise view from my room

Morning views from the gym

Morning views from the gym

I’m no connoisseur of fine hotels, but the Park Hyatt Tokyo exceeded all of my expectations. The service was superb, everyone that I interacted with was gracious, and the views are incredible. The only drawback to the hotel is the location, as it’s a little isolated, but I didn’t mind taking the shuttle to/from Shinjuku station, and the walk wasn’t bad either. This hotel is expensive, even with points now that it’s a 30k per night category 7 hotel, but it’s definitely an experience worth having.

Review: Conrad Hong Kong

For my trip to Hong Kong, I used up my two free weekend night certificates from my Citi Hilton Reserve credit card to stay at the Conrad Hong Kong,

View of the Conrad at night

View of the Conrad at night

To get to the Conrad, I ended up taking an airport bus (in this case, bus A11) to Admiralty station, and then walking through the mall at Admiralty to get to the hotel entrance within the mall. Depending on where you’re staying, an airport bus might be a better choice than the Airport Express as you don’t need to transfer and the bus might stop closer than the nearest MTR station.

At check-in, I was informed that I was upgraded to the Executive Floor, which meant that I had lounge access for my stay, although I didn’t use it except for breakfast.

The room was nice and plenty large for just myself. As I walked in, I was a little surprised that the lights and TV were already on, but there was a welcome message on the TV for me. There was also a small welcome amenity of some fruit and chocolates.

Bed with bear

Bed with a Conrad bear

The TV was already turned on when I came in

Already-on TV

Welcome gift of fruit and chocolates

Welcome gift of fruit and chocolates

The bathroom had two sinks, separated toilet, and separate bath tub and shower. When I first walked in, the room smelled a little funky, like maybe it was a little moldy from all of the humidity, but it went away as the air conditioner chugged on, and I didn’t end up noticing it too much past the first 5 minutes or so I was in the room.

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Breakfast in the Executive Lounge was good, although depending on when you went, it was quite crowded. I mostly enjoyed the food largely because of the spread had fresh fruit (and not just melons) as most of the food I ate in Hong Kong was devoid of fruit and vegetables.

Seating in the Executive Lounge

Seating in the Executive Lounge

Cheese, bread, fruit

Cheese, bread, fruit

Lots of hot food options

Lots of hot food options

Congee toppings and other condiments

Congee toppings and other condiments

Fruit, meats

Fruit, meats

Cold foods like jarred fruits, smoothies, and yogurts

Cold foods like jarred fruits, smoothies, and yogurts

Warming ovens for pastries

Warming ovens for pastries

View from the Executive Lounge at sunrise

View from the Executive Lounge at sunrise

The service in the Executive Lounge didn’t feel particularly special (or even welcoming) to me, nor did the service of any of the people I interacted with, from the check-in desk to the concierge. Nothing was bad per se, but I expected more from a hotel that retails for over $500 per night (although according to one of my friends from Hong Kong, it’s unreasonable to expect good service in Hong Kong nowadays).

I will say that my room was absolutely silent when I was there; I never heard housekeeping staff or other guests or noise from outside. The location of the Conrad is also convenient, although not quite as close to the MTR as you would think given that it’s technically connected to the Admiralty MTR station, and Hong Kong is so well-connected via public transit that I think location is somewhat less important in Hong Kong than in other cities.