The only thing I am not excited about whenever I visit Bangkok is the damn humidity. It is as bad or even worse than Manila. As for everything else though (food, sights and hotels), this bustling city never runs out of the best ones. In fact, Bangkok has all of them in excess.
My hotel pick this time was the Metropolitan Hotel by Como for a few good reasons. The most essential among these was that I had never stayed in any of the COMO hotels and resorts before. They have thirteen (13) incredible properties scattered around the world -- from the mountains of Bhutan to the atolls of Maldives. Despite being relatively new in the hospitality scene, COMO has received a good following from a particular set of travelers. Founded by Christina Ong, a Singaporean entrepreneur, the COMO properties have been handpicked to make your experience a remarkable one. They believe that the "philosophy of hospitality and service should be both shared by the owners and the employees".
When we reached the hotel, I carefully studied the sleek and minimal design of the lobby. I knew nothing about Chi but if did, I would say it flowed easily here. The Metropolitan's interiors and choice of furniture felt like a mix of Thai and Japanese design sensibilities. You could almost imagine it being an Aman property without the hefty rates.
Among all the seven room categories, I picked the Metropolitan Suite. Considering the reasonable rates of Como, I was quite impressed with our suite's Zen atmosphere and generous space. The Ming style teak chairs was a also nice touch since it added a pop of color to the black and white tones.
We had an outstanding view of the pool.
The Zen design continues all the way to the bathroom.
Luxurious limestone finish.
I hoarded a lot of these coveted toiletries (Guilty!). I swear these are the best smelling products I have used in my life!
For dining options, Metropolitan houses one of Bangkok's most famous restaurant - Nahm. In 2015, it was awarded the prestigious World 's Best Restaurant ( #22) and Asia's Best (# 7). Nahm is definitely for people who love haute cuisine. Chef David Thompson and his team take Thai cooking seriously here.
All of the dishes they served were phenomenall ! (Will post what these are later).
Aside from Nahm, the hotel also has the Glow Restaurant as the main dining area for guests. They serve the freshest and healthiest options. You can head to the Met Bar on the first floor for cocktail hour.
During my lazy hour, I got to try their in-room dining. I ordered the Chicken Satay and Prosciutto Pizza, which were both the ideal merienda (snack) after a long day in Bangkok.
The Award-winning Como Shambala Spa is also worth trying.
Pool Area. Located on the right side of the property, Metropolitan's 25-m pool is the ready for any Instagrammable moment. (They have recently changed the lounge chairs and they do look better!)
The well-equipped gym.
Terrace Room. This is almost the same as our suite but it comes with a terrace (obviously).
They have also updated the look of this recently.
This is suited for business travelers who want to hold private meetings conveniently.
On the 11th floor, you will find the biggest suites of the hotel.
Penthouse Suite. This feels more like a luxurious apartment more than a hotel. It comes with a kitchenette and a dining area. As a bonus, you get your own elevator plus a 24-hour butler to attend to all your needs.
The COMO Suite - The biggest of them all. With s 240-sqm area, this is probably one of the most spacious accommodations in Bangkok.
It is insanely HUGE.
The COMO Suite has two bedrooms fit for VIPs.
From the bathroom alone, you have exceptional views of the hotel and the city,
To my surprise, this suite is not as expensive as it looks. For a group of four, this is a bargain! (Around $500 per night).
VERDICT: Overall, my first COMO experience in Bangkok has proven that this group is on top of their game. Service was consistent, punctual and personalized. The Metropolitan has this certain energy that makes you want to stay there the whole day. It is an absolute haven in Bangkok.
My COMO obsession has offically begun. I cannot wait to see the rest of their properties (especially Bhutan and Bali).
Metropolitan by COMO Bangkok
27 S Sathorn Road, Thung Maha Mek, Sathon, Bangkok 10120, Thailand