I really loved the Metropolitan in Bangkok. This is a beautiful, very comfortable and quiet hotel that caters to design-oriented travelers. My experience was not perfect here, but with a six night stay, I'm not sure how reasonable that expectation is to begin with...
The great things:
- fantastic room design. Spend a bit extra to upgrade the room type. I stayed for two nights in the basic room and didn't really care for it because it was a little dark and cramped. I was much happier with the upgraded room type because of the light, space, and design. Difference in price was approx. $30 usd per night during my stay.
- great amenities. Loved the COMO bath products!
- helpful staff. Aside from the obvious mandate to charge for just about everything, I loved the staff here and don't fault them for anything. Very helpful, resourceful when it comes to city recommendations, and attentive.
- the spa was absolutely fantastic. I was the first one to the gym every morning- worked out overlooking the beautiful pool as the sun was rising. The complimentary access to the "locker room" turned the hotel experience from good to great- the soaking tub was gorgeous, the scented steam room was great, and it was so calming and relaxing to prepare for the day in the spa area. It's beautiful and every guest just has to spend some time here (and some guests didn't!).
The negative parts of my stay:
- I had a hard time getting cabs to deliver me to the hotel. Despite the handy cards I received each morning with directions (in Thai) to my destination and back, many cabs refused to take me to the Metropolitan, and even more got lost along the way. It's right by the Banyan Tree (an incredibly popular tourist spot due to the rooftop bar), but even still, the location was DIFFICULT if you plan on taking many taxis.
- Like my title suggests, this hotel charges for everything and they charge A LOT. The internet situation was difficult, my basic latte ran about $6 each morning (but it was delicious, to be fair), my glass of wine by the pool in the evenings was about $15 once it was all said and done, etc. This is a nice hotel and I had a great experience, but I think it would be a classy touch to ease up on the pricing of every little thing and guests might not feel quite so gouged by the end of their stay.
All in all, a fantastic place to stay. I left the hotel each day feeling very relaxed and zen, which if you've never been to Bangkok before, trust me... that's not very easy to accomplish in this frenetic (and awesome!) city!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Metropolitan by COMO, 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 with visiting live DJs. Nahm restaurant serves Thai cuisine from award-winning Australian chef David Thompson whilst glow focuses on an organic, healthful menu. 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
- Bangkok Metropolitan Hotel