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Inside the Club Lounge at The Conrad Hong Kong

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June 1, 2012 at 9:36 AM | by | Comments (0)

Over on Jaunted, you can get our inside looks at some of the world’s best airline lounges, so we thought we’d do something similar here and start talking about some of the hotel lounges we’ve frequented lately for our series on Hotel Club Lounges. Today, we're having a look inside the Executive Lounge at the Conrad Hong Kong, and some impressive thunderstorms out the window.

Earlier this year we had a peek at the pool that belongs to the Conrad Hong Kong, a 61-story tall tower attached to the luxury Pacific Place mall on Hong Kong Island. Now we can follow up with a little more detail on the hotel's Executive lounge, located on the 59th floor.

When booked on the Executive floor, you are whisked straight up to the lounge upon arrival for check in, while sitting down and having your first drink. Located on the harbour side of the hotel, the lounge offers fantastic views over Hong Kong Island towards Tsim Tsa Tshui across the water.

Executive floor rooms are from floor 57 and up, but we'd recommend to request a room on floor 58, 59, or 60. Floors 58 and 60 are connected to the lounge via a small spiral staircase, which makes popping to your room much easier than waiting for an elevator for all of two floors.

As you enter the lounge, you can either turn left or right. Both sides feature plenty of seating, with a meeting room (bookable via the lounge staff) and two complimentary workstations with computers, printers, and other necessary equipment in the section on the left.

To your right, at the far end, various food presentations are available throughout the day, from breakfast during the morning to canapés and desserts in the evening. Breakfast in the regular restaurant has a slightly wider selection, simply due to space, but as an Executive floor guest you are free to choose whether to stay on the 59th floor or head downstairs.

Service is fantastic, with drinks served at your table rather than through those mini-fridges you sometimes see in club lounges. Over the course of the five days we were there, we saw a lot of the same staff, who remembered the kind of drink you prefer at different times of the day or how you like your coffee.

We were pretty happy with the overall service at the hotel. There were a number of thoughtful touches: we asked for an International Herald Tribune in the morning, which, when not published on Sunday, was replaced by an alternative newspaper accompanied by a courtesy note from the concierge explaining why. A bowl with fresh fruit in the room was replenished twice a day, with another note left when we had left the do-not-disturb on, urging us to call if we still required anything.

Wifi is free in the lounge, but disappointingly, not in your room, even when you are on the Executive floor. That was our only real disappointment. Complimentary shoe shine, and garment pressing upon check-in, is available.

Views from the lounge are pretty spectacular, and being in the middle of a tropical depression when we first arrived made for some impressive weather gazing. One moment you could clearly spot the likes of the Ritz-Carlton (the highest hotel in the world) and the Peninsula across the water, a few minutes later the Island Shangri-La next door was barely visible.

We loved having a place to start the day and come back to after spending time in the city, so we would definitely pay the premium for the Executive floor again. You can sometimes find an Executive room for about HK$400 (US$52) compared to the same category room on regular floors, which even as a leisure traveller could be worth your while.

Hong Kong hotels are famous for their club lounges, but equally so for their consistently high rates: an Executive Harbour View room at the Conrad starts at HK$4050 (US$522) in June.

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