COMO Metropolitan Bangkok
What We Love
- Interiors envisioned by design guru Kathryn King
- Hip staff uniforms by Comme des Garçons
- Free fitness classes, including Pilates, core conditioning and tai chi
- Free WiFi
What To Know
- The hotel’s principal restaurant, Nahm, is open for dinner only
- City Rooms are on the small side (but still have big bathrooms)
- Tall buildings sometimes block sunshine around the pool
- A 10 percent service charge per night will be collected at the Jetsetter checkout
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
With stylish swagger and a fresh, hip attitude, the Metropolitan Bangkok is emblematic of the contemporary transformation of the city’s business and shopping districts. The hotel impresses guests on arrival with its high-ceilinged lobby and minimalist feng shui. Light and dark contrasts are intricately woven into complementary geometric patterns, accented by subtle lipstick-red touches dreamed up by lauded interior designer Kathryn King.
Bed & Bath
As with other COMO properties, the room interiors are intentionally understated, with soothing white walls, light dichromatic artworks and cherrywood furnishings. Metropolitan Rooms are particularly airy and spacious, most notably in the colossal limestone-clad bathrooms.
The Met Bar is the antithesis of the wild nightlife scene Bangkok is known for. This polished bar is where the city’s socialites come to lounge and mingle. On the dining front, Nahm is the second outpost of the world’s only Michelin-starred Thai restaurant, while Glow showcases COMO Shambhala cuisine, possibly the tastiest and healthiest food you’ll ever try.
In the Area
Visit Bangkok’s most revered historic treasures, including the Grand Palace, the Temple of the Dawn (Wat Arun) and the Temple of the Reclining Buddha (Wat Po). Experience the economic underbelly of Thailand with a ride through its floating markets. Damnoen Saduak (Klong Lat Phli) is a bit of a tourist trap. Others, like Bang Khu Wiang, Taling Chan and Tha Kha, are more authentic and rewarding. The Maeklong Railway Market is one of Bangkok’s craziest and busiest markets. Most of the stalls are on active train tracks. Watch the trains brush by the goods and the patrons, and stare in amazement when you seen there’s no bloody aftermath. It’s a photographer’s dream.
How to Get There
We were part of a birthday celebration that stayed at the hotel. The location is excellent, the hotel provides a pick up at Sala Daeng BTS Skytrain, Silom line. While it does take a little research, you can take the airport train to this station and save yourself from Bangkok's incredibly bad traffic.
We were quickly checked in by the hostess who greeted us. I liked the fact that you did not have to wait in line at the front desk, and she brought the paperwork and forms to us. She was very helpful in outlining hotel services and other options, and escorted us to our room and showed features and systems in the room. I found this to be a very nice touch instead of just being handed a key.
I liked the layout of the room, with a continuous seating area on one side of the room and dark woods throughout. The bed and bedding was comfortable, though my travel companion felt it was too hard for his tastes. Be careful of the layout of the room and desk, as the bed frame extends beyond the mattress and we knocked up our shins going around the bed several times if either of us was at the desk working. The bathroom was huge, with both a tub and shower, and ample vanity space. Not much of a view, but that was OK as it was enticement to go explore Bangkok, one of the most incredible cities on the planet. The other challenge was the desk chair. It's not ergonomic, and if you have to do any amount of work it is uncomfortable. Wireless Internet connection was strong and fast, and I had no difficulty logging on with multiple devices as well as with my company VPN.
Service was impeccable, with every interaction we had with the staff being pleasant and helpful. Really, Thai hospitality is awesome. I wish it could be exported to other countries.
The rate we had included breakfast @ Glow. The food was tasty, plentiful and fresh, and they cook to order your main entree. Try exploring a bit and taste the Thai offerings instead of the usual omelette or scrambled eggs. I tried the Thai bacon and eggs and it was a tasty and a welcome change from the usual Western version. We did not use Met Bar or In room dining.
They do have a pool/fitness facility though our schedule did not allow for any time there. Several of the travelers attending the event used the facilities and were pleased with the offerings.
Our hosts held their birthday dinner in the Nahm restaurant's private dining room. This is a Michelin one-star restaurant. As expected, excellent friendly service. The dinner was family style with 9 courses. All dishes offered were superb and fully deserving of the restaurant's rating. I admit as a Westerner some of the dishes were quite spicy and the heat was sometimes difficult to get through. Having said that, the kitchen was true to it's Thai roots and spiciness is part of the Thai dining culture, so if you have a sensitive stomach be prepared.
The only flaw was at checkout. We had booked a floating market tour from the hotel concierge and had arranged to prepay some of the charges to reserve the tour, with the rest being paid for by the travelers the day of the tour. For some reason, the charge was posted to my room account, and after some to and fro with the hotel manager and a call to the concierge who accepted the monies all was resolved.
I would definitely return here, the hotel feels much more human scale and friendly than the large chain properties, and the location and service are excellent. Highly recommended, I think you will not be disappointed with this choice.
Thanks to the team there, and hope to return soon to an excellent property and an incredibly beautiful city.
We have stayed at any number of top-ranking hotels in Bangkok over the years but I am afraid this so-called 5-star establishment would be a long way down the list in terms of the 'wow' factor. Apart from a few orchid pots, there was precious little evidence of a Thai influence on the interior design (reminiscent of another well-known hotel chain in whose rooms you apparently have trouble remembering where you are when you wake up in the morning). Perfectly adequate and quite large room: ordinary breakfast. Functional (not meant kindly) interior design showing signs of age. We went next door to the Banyan Tree for dinner. I think I am also influenced by the fact that on check-out, the young lady said that the 1000 baht 'blocked' on my credit card would be returned 'in one to two weeks': mercifully, that does not seem to be the case but it would be outrageous if it had been , borrowing money from guests for a couple of weeks without giving any goods or services in return!! The hotel is OK, but there are definitely better places.
My partner and I are finishing up 3 fantastic nights at this excellent hotel. From the location - down a hidden lane, to the food - breakfast is marvellous, our stay here exceeded our expectations.
The staff are super helpful and friendly. Ismile was so lovely. He remembered our names every morning and was very knowledgeable about things to do in Bangkok.
Our room had an outdoor terrace with a shower which was amazing and very private.
The Thai style bacon and eggs breakfast was absolutely delicious. Melt in your mouth pork belly which I could have eaten a whole plate of!
The cocktails from the bar Met were also delicious - special mention to the Tom yum-tini!
Thank you so much Como Metropolitan - we are very sad to leave but will be back!