“Cool contemporary hotel with a holistic spa, heavenly cuisine and a Zen ambiance, on the embassy- and hotel-lined Sathorn Road”
The hotel’s 169 guestrooms are similarly decorated in a serene, contemporary style. Singapore designer Kathryn Kng has combined dark Makha wood floors and olive green Thai silk cushions with soothing paintings by up-and-coming Asian artist Natee Utarit. Kingsize beds are super comfortable with fine goosedown duvets, Egyptian cotton linen and funky antennae-style lights. And all this is accompanied by well-chosen extras: fresh coffee, flip-flops and a yoga mat for in-room sun salutations.
Bathrooms are a real highlight. Cream limestone, deep baths, power showers, silky-soft bathrobes and invigorating custom-made COMO Shambhala Spa toiletries, scented with eucalyptus, geranium, peppermint and lavender, make them chic and indulgent.
All the rooms are spacious, but if you want something really special (which won't cost the earth), book a duplex Penthouse Suites. They are jaw-droppingly huge, with an open-plan living space downstairs (including kitchenette and dining area) and bedroom, dressing area and vast bathroom upstairs. Gazing out across the city through the spectacular double height windows, with your own butler on call, you'll feel like one of the stars who frequent them (Mariah Carey and Kylie are fans).
Otherwise we'd have no hesitation recommending the Metropolitan Rooms, which are probably the best value. They are clean and bright, with good views and plenty of storage space. Those with a child can have an extra bed put in (or 2 at a pinch), or use one of the sofas. You could save a few dollars on the somewhat narrower Studio but it doesn't seem worth it. Or you could pay a bit more for a Terrace Room with a private patio, but as these are enclosed and viewless we personally wouldn't advise it.
But if you feel like splashing the cash then opt for the super-luxurious, top-floor COMO Suite with exceptional views across the city. It’s the 2-bedroom version of the Penthouse Suite; larger, grander and with hand-blown glass features. It can be used for cocktail parties and social events, making it an ideal venue for that once-in-a-lifetime-event.
Food at the Metropolitan was seriously good when we first visited, and after our 2011 revisit we can confirm that it has got even better. Australian chef David Thompson designed the Thai meni, ad we particularly love his signature Ma Hor (bite-sized mouthfuls of pork-and-peanut atop mandarins or pineapple pieces), the fresh and fragrant lemongrass salad with pork and toasted coconut, and the stir-fried squid with sugar snap peas. All are bursting with explosive flavours and served in tapas-sized bites, perfectly plated up, with one slightly larger main. It's not for the gastronomically conservative; but anyone with a halfway adventurous palate will relish the exotic journey. A set menu offers a good sampler of half a dozen dishes plus canapes - we hardly had room for our turmeric scented grilled bananas with coconut cream! Plus there's a superb wine list to accompany every taste.
For a lighter lunch or dinner, head to Glow, the first-floor organic café, which serves fresh and tasty Asian-inspired cuisine, including some of the best sushi we had on our trip. We tucked into a delicious "bento" selection of sushi, seaweed and avocado salad, buckwheat noodles, and mushroom broth along with an energising juice of pineapple, lime, mint and ginger.
Breakfast is served in Glow: there's a continental buffet which features exotic fruits, yoghurt and croissants, but the heavenly offerings cooked to order were the star attractions. You can't leave without trying the warm ricotta pancakes with banana, pecan and honeycomb butter or the toasted coconut waffles with mango, passion fruit and palm syrup.
Finally, don't miss The Met Bar (open to hotel guests and members only) where DJs spin cool sounds and "mixologists" create bespoke Martinis. Try the lemongrass and ginger Tom Yumtini.
Children are welcome at the Metropolitan, but as the hotel is orientated towards grown ups and is set in the business district, it is perhaps not the best destination for kids. There's no charge for children 12 years and under sharing a room and not using an extra bed, though note only 1 child is allowed to share a room with 2 adults.
Babies (0-1 years), Children (4-12 years)
All rooms (except the City Rooms) can fit an extra bed for an additional charge. But we'd recommend you opt for Penthouse Suites which have that much needed extra space and have their own kitchenette. The COMO Suite has 2 double bedrooms, a full kitchen and plenty of living space, plus it can be connected to a City Room for larger families - though it is quite pricey.
Babysitting is available by arrangement, and is complimentary if staying in the Penthouse and COMO Suites
Baby cots are available on request and are free of charge
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking
Children aged 5-12 receive a 50% discount on breakfast. There's children's menu for in-room dining. If the family prefers to dine together in nahm restaurant, kids will enjoy the specially conceived less spicy dishes, such as the guinea fowl curry. Bookings essential