INTRODUCTION TO COMO METROPOLITAN BANGKOK
COMO Metropolitan Bangkok sits in the heart of Bangkok, in the part of the Central Business District known as Sathorn, which is home to hotels, offices, and embassies. Formally a YMCA, it was turned into the Metropolitan by Christina Ong. The 169 rooms and suites are designed by Singapore interior architect Kathryn Kng.
Date of stay: November 2017
Reviewed by: Aaron Yeung
WHAT I LOVED
- Location. COMO Metropolitan Bangkok is situated in the Sathorn district of Bangkok, a commercial area beyond the clamour of the tourist trail, but just minutes from lively restaurants, shopping and bars.
- Lobby. Unlike most of the hotels at Bangkok pervaded by far too many tourists (and locals alike), the sleek lobby at COMO is both quiet and peaceful.
- Rooms & Bathroom. There are 4 levels of rooms and 3 levels of suites at COMO Metropolitan Bangkok. The rooms are decorated by warm Thai Makha wood and oxidised-brass panelling and the bathrooms with mosaic-tile and limestone, equipped with signature COMO Shambala amenities.
- Service. Thailand is famous for its excellent service, and COMO provided one of the best services in the city from check-in to check-out. The Chief Concierge, Weera Taweesinsomboon was very knowledgeable and provided excellent sightseeing and dining recommendations, including securing reservations at several of “Asia’s Top 50 restaurants”.
- Pool. Overlooked by the restaurant, the 25 meters outdoor lap pool is beautiful at night. It is surrounded by wooden deck and double-bed sun loungers.
POINTS TO NOTE
- Nahm. In 2010, Nahm was opened at COMO Metropolitan Bangkok by Australian chef David Thompson. In 2013, Nahm was listed as Asia’s 3rd best restaurant and was recognized as one of the top 50 restaurants in the world (28th in 2017), and was also awarded a One-Michelin star in 2017. The service and decoration at Nahm was excellent, however on our visit we did find the food to be underwhelming considering the accolades it has received, and in comparison to some of the other top 50 restaurants we tried.
- Baan Khanitha. Located 5-minutes of walk away from the hotel, Baan Khanitha provides an excellent alternative for Thai cuisine.
- Yoga. COMO provides a daily schedule of complimentary yoga classes, as well as other health-related group activities.
- Taxi. Without a hotel card or hotel map, we had trouble getting multiple taxi drivers to take us to the hotel as they weren’t sure of where it was. It seems not many taxi drivers seem to know where the hotel is, therefore it would be ideal to show the driver the hotel map or tell them to go to nearby Banyan Tree Bangkok; alternatively, use the hotel’s transport.
HOTEL FACT SHEET
- LOCATION: Bangkok, Thailand
- OPENED: 2010
- HOTEL ROOMS: 160
- HOTEL SUITES: 9
- RATES FROM: USD 130/night++
Rates are only an approximation and subject to change and availability
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