A touch of cosmopolitan London lands in the City of Angels in the form of the Metropolitan Bangkok. Modelled on its sister hotel, the Metropolitan on Park Lane, the Metropolitan Bangkok is a haven of contemporary elegance, functionality and comfort.
171 Guest rooms spanning City Rooms to the commodious COMO Suite provide zen-like living without sacrifice. The rooms and suites bristle with the latest high-tech gadgetry and designer furnishings and the design look is fresh, innovative, subtly avant garde and cosmopolitan; interior design by Kathryn Kng, Singapore, lighting by Isometrics, London and paintings by up and coming Asian artist Natee Utarit.
The east-west theme and aesthetic is prevalent throughout the Metropolitan Bangkok. Western urban chic is infused with Oriental flare and this is not just evident in the guestrooms but in each of the facilities offered at the hotel; the restaurants, the bars, the meeting rooms and event venues and at the COMO Shambhala Urban Escape with its yoga studio, fully equipped gym, hydro pool and 20-metre outdoor lap-pool.
New to the choice of eateries at the Metropolitan Bangkok is Nahm which has caused quite a stir amongst the gastronome fraternity. In-sync with the hotel itself, Nahm has its roots in London at The Halkin Hotel where Australian-born celebrity chef David Thompson steered it to become the first and only Thai food restaurant in Europe to be awarded a Michelin Star.
Eyebrows raise at the thought of a Western chef opening up a Thai restaurant in what is the capital of Thai food where quintessential and mouthwateringly delicious Thai dishes can be found everywhere; from street vendors at 30baht to far more resplendent venues but each having a Thai head chef as a common denominator. The first thing that strikes you at Nahm is that the restaurants décor is not Thai at all. It is comfy and simple, chic without trying too hard and what’s more, Thai foodies have given it the nod!
“Glow” is about healthy dining and is geographically conjoined with the COMO Shambhala Urban Escape. Here you will find energizing juices and a menu that celebrates living enzymes, vitamins and minerals from breakfast till after dark.
The Met Bar needs little introduction and its closed-door, members only policy replicates that of Met Bar London. The flavour is Martini cocktails, Tapas and Mediterranean cuisine, deep-club chairs and wine-dark walls and eclectic lounge sounds from headline DJ’s. The aesthetic is beauty, the mood voluptuary.
COMO Shambhala Urban Escape is a therapy for mind, body and spirit, for men and for women. Within this city retreat you will discover a very well equipped gym, “his” and “hers” steam rooms, a hydro pool, a 20m outdoor lap pool, 10 holistic treatment areas and a Yoga Studio with complimentary daily classes. Qualified private fitness instructors can also be booked on request.
With its location on South Sathorn Road in the heart of Bangkok’s business district, it is no surprise that the Metropolitan is a popular choice for business travellers who have all that is required to balance their high-octane schedules under one roof. Families are equally as welcome though and children under 12 sleeping in the same room as their parents are free.
The Metropolitan Bangkok has long since generated an iconic status in Bangkok not just for its design but also because of its energetic, upbeat service and attention to detail. This is a place to be and be seen, to rub shoulders with fashionistas, film stars, designers and well-heeled, sharp-dressed urbanites.
171 sleek, contemporary rooms including 22 Suites, four two-bedroom penthouses and the palatial COMO Suite:
- City Rooms
- Studio Rooms
- Metropolitan Rooms
- Terrace Rooms
- Executive Suites
- Penthouse Suites
- COMO Suite
A combination of international architects, designers and artists have been at work on each and every room; the interior design, the lighting and furnishings. Guestrooms are void of over-Oriental-ism favouring clean lines and stone bathrooms instead. The effect is fresh, clean and well structured whilst at the same time being very comfortable and liveable.
City Rooms are slightly restricted by the Queen sized bed so we recommend moving up a notch to the still very affordable Studio Rooms where you will find a King sized bed, a separate living area and a desk. The Studio Rooms also have separate tubs and showers in the limestone and mosaic-tiled bathrooms whereas these are combined in the City Rooms.
Consider a Terrace Room if you like outdoor living space as well. With these you get a large private patio with a relaxing sitting area amongst clean-lined landscaping. You will also find a rejuvenating outdoor shower.
Moving into the suites, the Executive has a connecting living room and bedroom with an ensuite bathroom. There is also a separate loo for guests. The living room can easily be converted into a private meeting room upon request. The 4 two-bedroomed Penthouses all bathed in natural light have open plan living areas, a work area and Jacuzzi. You also have access to the 24 hour butler service.
Then there is the commodious COMO Suite which is fantastic views, two bedrooms each with King sized bed, walk-in wardrobes, fully equipped kitchen, dining room, work area, guestrooms and personal butler. The COMO Suite is as ideal for corporate meetings as it is for self-contained family living.
We recommend the Studio Rooms because having a king sized bed does make a difference, the Terrace Rooms if you appreciate private outdoor living space or the Executive Suites if you need a separate space to be used as a living room or meeting room.
Business Facilities & Function Space
You cant go wrong choosing The Metropolitan Bangkok as your venue for parties, meetings and special events. It has the image, the message, the location and the facilities to provide a fail-safe formula.
Dedicated event venues and function space within The Metropolitan Bangkok include Ivory I & II and the very contemporary Met Boardroom. Ivory I can accommodate 30 guests’ boardroom style and 100 theatre style. It also connects with Ivory II which can accommodate up to 80 guests for receptions and cocktails.
The Met Boardroom seats 11 guests’ boardroom style. The ambiance is one of discretion and intimacy with a distinctly powerful undertone.
Alternative venues in the hotel include the Penthouse Suite, the Met Bar and the Nahm Restaurant with its Pool Terrace and any one of these could be ideal for cocktail parties, press conferences and fashion shows and other special events and celebrations.
The Metropolitan Bangkok is located on South Sathorn road, in the heart of the Bangkok business district and a stones throw from Silom Road. Slightly tucked away at the top of a side road guests are spared the perpetual drone of Sathorn Road traffic. Neighbours include the Banyan Tree with its open air, roof-top bar and Lumpini Park is within walking distance. Here you will find a splash of green on gray, space to exercise and a handy subway (MRT) station.
Silom Road runs practically parallel to Sathorn Road and this area is peppered with some of the city’s most blue-chip companies as well as outstanding restaurants, shops and a diverse nightlife. The Metropolitan Bangkok is far enough from the action to be quiet, but close enough to immerse yourself in it as and when required or desired.
Metropolitan Bangkok Hotel, 27 South Sathorn Road, Tungmahamek, Silom / Sathorn, Bangkok, Thailand