We are frequent visitors to Bangkok ( one of our favorite Asian cities) and have stayed in a variety of hotels here in the past. The Metropolitan did not disappoint and in my mind represents good value. Despite being located on busy Sathorn it is located far enough back from the street so that noise from the traffic is not an issue. In fact its off the street location may make it somewhat difficult for taxi drivers to locate the hotel or the entrance (there is a sign) if they are not familiar with the area or the establishment. Just tell them that it is located next to the Sukkothai, which by the way is also a marvelous hotel but with a much higher tab than the Metropolitan. Give the latter a try if you want to splurge. The Metropolitan is a sleek, small hotel with a minimalistic flair which we like. Our check in went smoothly and we were offered an upgrade to our room, due undoubtedly to low occupancy , since our visit coincided with the Shut Bangkok Down protests by the Yellow Shirts. The staff were kind enough to provide detailed instructions on areas of the city to avoid, and which transportation to use during the protests. The room proved to be quite spacious, clean and modern. In fact it was one of the largest rooms we have occupied during our trips to South East Asia or China, possibly reflecting the upgrade. The air conditioning in the room we were given initially was not quite up to par, but the management happily transferred us to another comparable room. Fresh fruit and bottled water was provided daily. The bathroom was modern and clean with all the amenities. All in all, our initial experience left a very favorable impression. The Metropolitan also has a pool on the ground level for those needing to cool off after a hard day on the streets or at Chatuchak, as well as a small fitness center for the flabby among us needing to work off a pound or two. It also houses the award winning Nahm restaurant (separate review), which is worth a try for some authentic Thai dishes from the era of Rama V. The hotel itself is well located near Lumphini Park and the Sala Daeng sky train ( line 2) station ( 15-20 min walk) or the Lumphini metro stop which we did not use due to concern with the protests, which by the way turned out to be more akin to a street fair or festival than a serious and benevolent political gathering. By the way, line 2 will take you to three of the the attractions tourists will undoubtedly want to visit: Siam Square with the fabulous Siam Paragon shopping mall (shop until you drop), Jim Thompsons house on the small San Sap Khlong (short walk from the end of the line at the National Stadium stop) and the Bangrak area by the Chao Phraya River. For the latter, get off at the Saphan Taksin stop, walk to the Oriental Hotel and treat yourself to a superb lunch in the terrace restaurant overlooking the river. Afterward, either take the river boat from the Oriental Pier (stop # 1) up the river to sites north such as the Royal Grand Palace ( Tha Chang stop- # 9), Wat Arun (Tha Tien stop- #8 and then the boat across the river), River City by the Royal Orchid Sharaton (Si Phraya stop- # 3 ) where you can bargain for antiques both fake and real, or just enjoy the river ride and the activity and then head back on a boat heading south. Or you may just opt to stay on land and walk along Charoen Krung and shop for antiques, trinkets, jewelry, silk products or have a suit made in a day or so. For the latter I would recommend A. Song Tailor on Soi 38 just off Charoen Krung near the Oriental. I have dealt with him since 2007 with great satisfaction, but he seemed to be in ill health the past visit. Hopefully his son will be able to pick up the slack. We only had breakfast once in the hotel restaurant and that was from the a la carte menu. What we ordered was quite tasty and well presented. We had the opportunity to view the buffet offerings which also appeared to be extensive and well done. The staff was friendly and the consierge helpful at all times during our stay. I can say that we will certainly use the Metropolitan again during our future visits to Bangkok.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- COMO Metropolitan Bangkok is a 169-room 5 star hotel defined by subtle, contemporary design and intuitive, polished service. The Met Bar, a stylish lounge-like bar, serves a comprehensive selection of martini cocktails. Nahm restaurant serves Thai cuisine from award-winning Australian chef David Thompson whilst 'glow' focuses on an nutritious COMO Shambhala Cuisine. Relaxation is available at COMO Shambhala Urban Escape, comprising Asian-inspired treatments, a gym, Yoga studio and outdoor pool. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Metropolitan Bangkok Hotel Bangkok
- Metropolitan Hotel Bangkok
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