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The COMO Metropolitan in Bangkok

Karma Dorji

Even though it was nearly midnight when we pulled up in front of Bangkok's COMO Metropolitan, the sight of the hotel's tall terminalia trees wrapped in winking holiday lights cheered us.

As soon as our car arrived at the hotel’s airy and modern front entrance, staff in crisp white uniforms opened our doors. Bags were whisked away at the front steps to mysteriously reappear in our rooms. Instead of the normal standing front desk check-in, a chilled welcome drink arrived at one of the Nordic minimalism sofas in the lobby, and we were invited to relax, with a polite staff member assisting with our arrival.

At the hotel’s signature COMO Shambhala spa downstairs, each morning kicked off with yoga instruction from 8 to 9 am, conducted briskly and efficiently by a competent teacher and hygienic mats and props. The spa, billed as a haven for those ‘seeking tranquility amid the urban hustle,’ offers a range of wellness therapies we sadly didn’t try.

The refined lobby signals luxury with a modern, understated design, creating a restful, visually-aesthetic environment. Cool, high thread count sheets and comforters ensure a good night’s sleep while thick bathrobes, smooth on the outside and warmly toweled on the interior, were welcome treats.

In the morning we sat down to breakfast by the pool. By the time our perfectly cooked eggs arrived, the sun was beginning to climb. It was still pleasant, but we could feel the heat of Bangkok building. The tallest terminalia trees craned their necks over the turquoise pool like long-necked arboreal giraffes. A welcome breeze stirred, creating ripples and shaking loose a golden shower of delicate leaves over the water’s surface. As if on cue, at the far end of the pool, the pool cleaner dipped the long pole of his ‘fishing’ net in the water, scooped up a pile of leaves, flipped the net expertly over without losing the wet leaves, then dipped it in the water again, and again, as more and more leaves glittered down to the water’s surface. Watching the Sisyphean act was strangely comforting—a reminder that one can do even the most tedious tasks with apparent ease, precision, and concentration. That general sense of order marked our three-night stay at the Metropolitan, nestled off of a long private tree-lined avenue in the commercial Sathorn district of Bangkok, in the heart of the city.

At meals in the Michelin-starred restaurant Nahm, staff appeared discreetly at the elbow to explain the menu. Poolside, cool, frosted glasses of strawberry and lemon, or orange-infused water appeared unbidden, dripping beads of condensation, a perfect balm in the searing midday madness of Bangkok. Attentive staff made guest interactions a pleasure, from the spontaneous folded hands wai, a traditional greeting of Thai hospitality, to the genuine smiles that came with each glance or encounter. The personalized concierge services, the seamless check-in, and many other details large and small were handled with unhurried care and thoughtfulness.

The rooms—ours were upgraded from Studio to the Metropolitan, a perk for booking directly with the hotel—was a harmonious combination of sleek furnishings, warm color palettes, and thoughtful details such as the daily still-life platter of fresh fruits.

In addition to the award-winning Nahm, room service included a 24-hour cafe perfect for the midnight munchies. A diverse range of flavors were on offer, showcasing Thai delicacies and international menu favorites, expertly crafted and plated, elevating the dining experience.

In our three short days, we conveniently explored the dynamic energy of Bangkok with the relief of knowing we had a restful retreat on our return. Overall, the experience was a sophisticated escape in the heart of Thailand's bustling capital we can confidently recommend to our guests.

We also found the hotel within walking distance of the city’s green lung, Lumphini Park, an oasis of ornamental shrubs, trees, walking paths, open-air exercise installations, where periodically huge local fairs are held. (During our stay we spent a pleasant evening at a massively attended fundraising fair to raise money for the Thai Red Cross). The vibrant Silom area in the Bangrak district, famous for its nightlife and local markets is also within short distance.

What we loved: Next door was the more ostentatious Banyan Tree and the Sukhothai, but the Metropolitan falls in the Goldilocks zone, offering luxe surroundings and amenities while providing an unfussy sanctuary after each day’s exposure to the sensory overload of one of Asia’s busiest, and most cosmopolitan cities. Its low buildings and lush greenery make it feel like an elegant oasis amid the bristling nest of shiny-mirrored high rise towers.

Pricepoint: We paid about $150/nightly for our upgraded Metropolitan room, which was well appointed with all the creature comforts we needed. 

Booking: Book directly at the COMO Metropolitan Bangkok for complimentary room upgrades and other perks.

Tip: Booking directly with the hotel (price-matched) gives you a complimentary room upgrade as well as early check-in and late check-out.

Cons: Views from the rooms can be improved vastly by a more recent window cleaning.

Nice Touch: One of the most painful things about flying to Bhutan from Bangkok is the extremely early hour of the flights—usually 5 to 6 am, which means you must be at the airport between 3 to 4 am, which in turn means you may have to leave the hotel in the city around 2:20 and 3:20 am! The nice touch? They even had an elegantly boxed breakfast waiting downstairs for us that we could enjoy on the pre-dawn ride to the airport if we were so inclined. And for 500 Baht, a comfortable taxi with an extremely polite driver was on standby to whisk us to our early flight along the fast expressway and tolls were included in the price.


Upstairs, the bed was beautifully turned down, the mattress was like a cloud, and the curtains opened to a view of the trees bending in the breeze as if from a Japanese dream. In the closet, pairs of complimentary slippers—his and hers—made from bamboo fibers awaited use.

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