There are so many places to stay in Bangkok but, having stayed in a sister hotel to the Metropolitan in Bhutan (Uma Paro) and wanting to dine at Nahm, I chose the Metropolitan and wasn’t disappointed.
This is a chic hotel which is really beautifully decorated in a minimalist style but without being stark. We (the husband and I) stayed in a Metropolitan room (no 620) which was gorgeous: large bed, corner seating area, desk and lovely travertine bathroom with deep bath, separate walk in shower and all the divine Como Shambhala toiletries you could hope for - plus nice robes and rattan slippers.
I loved using the gym which had excellent equipment with lots of water and towels on hand and it overlooked the lap pool. There was also a steam room and jacuzzi. Getting to the pool was a bit weird having to walk through Glow restaurant and the spa. We stayed in December and due to taller building surrounding the hotel, the pool only had sun in the morning. The spa was a haven of tranquility and I had an excellent back massage and very relaxing facial.
The hotel is directly opposite the Banyan Tree hotel and we went there for drinks at the Moon Bar on the 60th floor. The bar has amazing views over Bangkok but, as you would expect it's really busy so you have to keep your eyes peeled for people leaving so you can quickly get their seats! Alternatively you could book a table in the restaurant which is also on the roof. The Banyan Tree is much bigger and busier hotel than the Metropolitan and I was so glad I could return to the calmness of my hotel.
One night we ate at Naj (recommended by the hotel) which was a short walk and we had a very nice meal. However, every Thai meal we have ever had was beaten by our dining experience at Nahm. I can see why it's one of the top 50 restaurants in the world. We had the tasting menu and unlike other restaurants where everyone at the table has to have the same menu, here you can each have a different set menu - I eat fish and not meat but my husband eats meat so, this was accommodated and the Chef (made me meat free versions). Everything was a taste sensation and truly delicious. The desserts were certainly unusual - I'm not a fan of Thai desserts but, the ones we selected (you had a choice of any) were certainly interesting and in the main quite tasty.
In terms of location, not being near the river you do need to get a taxi or tuk-tuk to see the main sights and although not far in terms of distance from the river the Bangkok traffic means that travelling round can take a long time.
The Metropolitan is a very nice and stylish hotel which exudes a sense of calm; an excellent hotel.
- 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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