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Hotel Highlights

  • Star-studded city-centre design-shrine
  • Delicious healthy dining at all-day eatery Glow and star Thai restaurant Nahm
  • Masterpiece cocktails in exclusive club-lounge Met Bar

Overview

Refined and minimal, sparse but not bare, the Metropolitan by Como, Bangkok hotel is an exclusive boutique with a sophisticated Thai restaurant and dimly lit bar. This is a sleek and contemporary base for soaking in the city’s sights and nightlife. Soft flower motifs, a peaceful outdoor pool and serene spa all encourage relaxation in this bustling capital city.

Smith Extra

Here's what you get for booking Metropolitan by Como, Bangkok with us:

Daily Metropolitan breakfast and a martini each in the Met bar; members booking a Suite or staying three nights or more also get lunch for two at Glow restaurant (book on arrival) and free upgrades from Como Shambhala 60-minute massages to 90 minutes

Special offers

Exclusive rates, packages and special offers at Metropolitan by Como, Bangkok

Ultimate savings: get 20% off 'Good morning Bangkok' Last-minute deal Stay 3 nights, pay for 2

Facilities

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Need To Know

Rooms

171, including 22 suites, four two-bedroom penthouses and a presidential ‘fiefdom’.

Check–out

2pm.

Rates

Double rooms from $94.18 (THB3,000), excluding tax at 17.7 per cent.

More details

Rates exclude breakfast, but include yoga classes.

Also

On the first floor, the Como Shambhala spa – source of the bathroom goodies in your room – offers a variety of spirit-soothing, body-buffing holistic treatments, including reflexology and yoga-inspired Thai massage. Free yoga is available should you need a morning stretch (pick up stylish yoga wear in the spa boutique if you've forgotten to bring your own).

At the hotel

Spa (including gym, steam rooms, hydro-pool and yoga studios), hair salon, limousine/car hire, valet parking, free WiFi throughout. In rooms: cable TV, CD player and library, minibar, fruit, yoga mat.

Our favourite rooms

Simple juxtapositions of white walls and dark woods abound, as do splendidly oversized limestone-mosaic bathrooms. Bypass the petite City Rooms in favour of the larger, yet still affordable, Studio Rooms and Metropolitan Rooms, which have king-size beds and bathrooms with separate tubs and showers. Or, plump for a Terrace Suite to enjoy the evening air on your private patio.

Poolside

The palm-fringed 20-metre lap pool is overlooked by the restaurant and lined with inviting loungers.

Packing tips

Your most flattering designer swimwear – if Kylie or Colin Farrell are dining in the restaurant, you’ll want to give them a worthwhile eyeful as you sashay to the pool.

Also

Get the Met staff to put together a personalised boutique shopping itinerary for you, taking the stress out of street-schlepping.

Children

Under-12s stay for free in their parents’ rooms. Cribs are available and babysitting can be arranged.

Food & Drink

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Hotel Restaurant

With a voyeur’s view of the poolside and a gourmet’s grasp of rare, regional Thai cuisine, the hotel's sleek ground-floor restaurant Nahm, headed up by esteemed Australian chef David Thompson, tops every visiting epicure’s to-do list, with treats such as jungle curry with pla chorn (a freshwater fish). Crisp, white eatery, Glow, beside the spa, presents a lighter selection of healthy organic snacks and smoothies for breakfast and all-day dining.

Hotel Bar

Exclusive to members and guests, the Met Bar is a sultry club-land lounge that hums to a laid-back DJ beat until 1am. The staggering cocktail menu, crafted by trained mixologists, boasts more than 40 different martinis.

Last orders

Glow is open until 9pm; Nahm holds court for lunch and dinner. The Met Bar offers snacky Thai food till 11pm.

Room service

Tasty Thai treats can be brought to your room 24 hours a day, and in-room massages can be requested while the spa is open.

Smith Insider

Dress code

Off-duty diva.

Top table

On Nahm's terrace by the pool – beautiful food to eat; beautiful people to feast your eyes on – or book one of its private dining rooms for a special occasion.

Local Guide

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Sparkling South Sathorn streets

Metropolitan by Como, Bangkok

27 South Sathorn Road, Tungmahamek, Sathorn, Bangkok, Thailand, Thailand 10120

Smack-bang in the central business district of Sathorn, this sophisticated Bangkok haunt is surrounded by the vibrant food and bar scene of Silom and shopping hub of Sukhumvit.

Planes

Fly into Suvarnabhumi Airport (www.bangkokairportonline.com ), then slip straight into an airport limousine or hail a taxi for the 40-minute drive along the Bangna Trad expressway to the Metropolitan by Como.

Trains

From the airport, you can skip the traffic and catch the SA Express train to Makkasan, switch to the MRT subway line and head south to Lumphini station. From there, it’s just a short stroll to the hotel. Lumphini MRT station puts you within easy reach Bangkok’s best. Jump onto the Skytrain system at Sukhumvit or Silom, and you’ve got the whole city covered.

Automobiles

Unless you’re a serious adrenalin junkie, driving around this hot and hectic capital is not advised, so hail a metered taxi or go for a spin in a tuk-tuk to take in the sights without taking your life in your own hands.

Reviews

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Metropolitan by Como – Bangkok – Thailand

Anonymous review

by Terry Carter , Passport-stamp collector

Everyone speaks fondly of Thai hospitality. And, to be honest, it’s true. We’ve stayed in some of the country’s best hotels and have been ‘sawàt dii khaa-ed’ ad nauseum, and been handed so many lemongrass-scented cold towels that Mrs Smith has started worrying about her personal hygiene. But, on our way to the new Metropolitan by Como, Bangkok, we couldn’…
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Metropolitan by Como, Bangkok

Anonymous review by Terry Carter, Passport-stamp collector

Everyone speaks fondly of Thai hospitality. And, to be honest, it’s true. We’ve stayed in some of the country’s best hotels and have been ‘sawàt dii khaa-ed’ ad nauseum, and been handed so many lemongrass-scented cold towels that Mrs Smith has started worrying about her personal hygiene. But, on our way to the new Metropolitan by Como, Bangkok, we couldn’t help but wonder how the relentlessly warm and friendly Thais would deal with the Met group’s famously aloof, urbane cool.

At the moment, if our taxi driver’s reticence is anything to go by, no one seems to know where the hotel actually is. He turns into the Metropolitan’s private driveway, treating the manoeuvre as though it’s the most difficult in Bangkok driving, and then stops suddenly. ‘Met Bar!’ he exclaims surprisedly.

Arriving at the Metropolitan feels like pulling up at a private club. The hotel’s front-of-house staff have the air of doormen and, as we approach the lobby, we’re half-expecting our entry to be barred with a curt, ‘Sorry, private party.’ Thankfully, all we hear is a ‘Good afternoon, sir, madam. Checking in?’ We are ushered through the sleek lobby, which is a wonderfully light and airy space, with a distinctly – and this is the last time you’ll hear this phrase, I promise – East-meets-West vibe, courtesy of designer Kathryn Kng, who has created the look of boutiques for fashion luminaries such as Miyake, Dior and Armani. It shows. Even the staff sport Comme des Garçons.

We are escorted to our Studio Room, while our baggage goes up via the staff elevator – a thoughtful touch often overlooked by even the best hotels. We’re impressed. Our first impression of the room is that it’s spacious, comfortable and stylishly understated, with only a use of teak and Thai silk pillows to hint at what city we’re in. Most design-conscious hotels, we’ve found, are a little on the uncomfortable side – the kind of places you don’t even want to unpack your bags for fear of soiling the ambience. It’s the opposite here. This is the sort of room that makes you want to hang our shirts on the wooden hangers, put your toiletries bags on the marble bench in the bathroom, throw on the soft bathrobes, raid the minibar and get comfy on the enormous lounges.

We overlook the lack of champagne in the otherwise well-stocked minibar, as some green tea is brought to our door, swiftly followed by a plate of fragrant exotic fruits. The two ripe mangos practically beg to be eaten, and Mrs Smith and I munch our way through them as we walk around, admiring every detail of the room. Our stream-of-consciousness conversation goes something along the lines of ‘Oh my God, these toiletries smell divine! I must go to the spa! Hey look, they have a CD collection! Why would anyone order Radiohead from room service?’

I retire to the gym – a squeaky-clean space with plenty of state-of-the-art torture machines – while Mrs Smith heads to the pool, a beautiful, 20-metre outdoor affair that leaves you without a legitimate excuse for not doing a lap or two between cocktails. Apart from being in full sight of all the guests waiting for taxis by the front entrance, that is… To access the pool and gym, you have to walk through one of the hotel’s restaurants, Glow, a ‘fresh-food only’ eatery adjacent to the spa. The name seems particularly applicable to me as I cross the floor – I feel like apologising to the diners for my sweat-soaked appearance as I pass.

After a brilliant dinner at the hotel restaurant, we approach the famed Met Bar with trepidation. And, as expected, we’re asked if we are staying in the hotel. Once inside, though, Thai hospitality kicks in, and we’re greeted by a group ‘sawàt dii!’ from the staff. It’s a little on the empty side, but we don’t care. So long as the smooth lychee martinis keep on coming.

The next morning we hit the shops, stopping for lunch at restaurant Another Greyhound for Italian with a Thai twist – East meets West, you could say; but I promised I wouldn’t. Later, after penance in the pool, we walk to the Night Market, a couple of blocks from the hotel. We find some Thai boxing shorts for a pugilistic nephew, and then turn our attention to the food stalls. It’s all a bit underwhelming. Hygiene levels are questionable, and neither Mrs Smith nor I fancy sitting down for dinner next to tourists knocking back beer from mini kegs on the table.

It may be 9.30pm, but we decide to call one of the restaurants recommended by our concierge. Five minutes later – ‘Come now, come as you are!’ – we’re sipping heady ginger and fig martinis at stylishly low-key Eat Me. The twice-cooked duck and the foie gras with scallops are sensational, as are the service and ambience, and we immediately hit it off with the owner Darren. It’s entirely his fault that several hours and far too many chocolate vodkas later, we end up having to take a taxi back to the hotel – despite the fact it’s only a few minutes’ walk away.

We’re a little on the tired and emotional side the following morning, so it’s wonderful that the breakfast staff remember our coffee order and room number, and take us to our ‘usual table’. Impressive. As Mrs Smith and I tuck into our haul from the beautifully presented buffet, we reflect on how breakfast is pretty much the only time we get to see the other guests. They’re an intriguing bunch. We can’t figure out what they do for a living, or whether they’re here for business or pleasure. They’re just like the hotel, in fact: charismatic, enigmatic, slightly aloof and endlessly fascinating.

The Guestbook

Reviews of Metropolitan by Como, Bangkok from Smith members

Whenever you book a stay through us, we’ll invite you to comment when you get back. Read the Guestbook entries below to see what real-life Mr & Mrs Smiths have said about this hotel…

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

I liked the great pool and spa. Rooms are spacious and very comfortable. The lovely cocktail bar had delicious snacks.

Rating: 10/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

I liked the friendly staff, gorgeous rooms, free bottled water, nice bathrooms, big bed, nice coffee provided in rooms and great a la carte breakfast.

Don’t expect

The breakfast buffet variety could be better; the hotel bar music is quiet and a little boring.

Rating: 9/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

I liked the marvellous, amazing staff in a stylish hotel. The spa is relaxing with terrific technicians. The breakfast is generous with nice selections. There's a big soaking tub in the room which is always hard to find. Just a really wonderful hotel that I enthusiastically recommend to anyone visiting Bangkok.

Don’t expect

It's hard to find any cons to this wonderful property, but I found a few that, honestly, are more personal preference than anything. 1) The beds are rock hard, which is pretty usual in Asia. 2) There was no plug in the bathroom, so I was stuck blow-drying my hair in the hallway. 3) There are no special privileges at Nahm Restaurant, even if you're staying at the hotel, so book ahead. 4) The hotel is located off the main road so sometimes one has to wait 10 or 15 minutes for a cab.

Rating: 8/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

The breakfast was out of this world; the best I have had anywhere! Thank you for making this free – a real treat!

Rating: 10/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

Incredible pool and spa area. Great staff and service – we felt very welcome there when we arrived. Room was great. Great breakfast – understatedly excellent.

Don’t expect

Walking anywhere from the hotel at night is probably not a great idea – best to cab it.

Rating: 9/10 stars