My first stop on the COMOtrail is the Metropolitan by COMO, located on South Sathorn Rd right in the heart of busy Bangkok. Only a short journey from the airport, weaving and darting in and out of the hectic Bangkok traffic, I arrive at the hotel. This property is a real urban oasis, as although only 50 meters off of the busy main road the hotel feels like it is peacefully isolated away from this vibrant metropolis.
Greeted at the door by a team of friendly staff “Sawasdee Ka” rings though the foyer. The soothing fragrance of lavender, eucalyptus, peppermint and geranium is intoxicating and the perfumed lobby immediately puts you in a relaxed state. Later I found out that this scent is COMO’s signature scent called “Invigorate”.
This vintage building used to be a YMCA building and has transformed brilliantly into a hotel. Like many older constructions the rooms are larger than its modern counterparts and even the Penthouses, which were formally the YMCA old squash courts, now offer views of the city via their towering ceilings and windows.
My room was a Metropolitan King, oversized and meticulously appointed with a super king, lounge area, and what I discovered to be a yoga chair. The palatial bathrooms include a separate bath and walk in shower, all stocked with the lovely COMO Shambhala products.
The technology in the rooms is state of the art, there is no need to bring your IPhone 4 so you can fit it into the clock radio! Here a Bose music system that you can connect to via Bluetooth and play your favourite music. All of the electricity sockets are multi region, so no need to bring your converter if you stay here.
The pool is enormous and situated on the ground floor, with shade provided by giant green palms, and again leaving you to feel like you are not in the middle of one of Asia’s busiest cities. This was the perfect place for me to spend the afternoon after a busy morning shopping in Bangkok.
The Metropolitan has one of Bangkok’s most awarded restaurants Nahm, serving traditional Thai cuisine in a delightful contemporary setting. I was treated to a degustation menu here which definitely left me full and content.