Bangkok, Thailand

Como Metropolitan Bangkok

Rates from (inc tax)$112.68

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (21THB), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

Style

Manicured minimalism

Setting

Sparkling South Sathorn streets

Refined and minimal, sparse but not bare, the Como Metropolitan Bangkok hotel is an exclusive boutique with a sophisticated Thai restaurant and dimly lit bar. This is a sleek and contemporary base for soaking in the city’s sights and nightlife. Soft flower motifs, a peaceful outdoor pool and serene spa all encourage relaxation in this bustling capital city.

Smith Extra

Get this when you book through us:

Daily Metropolitan breakfast and a martini each in the Met bar; members booking a Suite or staying three nights or more also get lunch for two at Glow restaurant (book on arrival) and free upgrades from Como Shambhala 60-minute massages to 90 minutes

Facilities

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Need to know

Rooms

171, including 22 suites, four two-bedroom penthouses and a presidential ‘fiefdom’.

Check–Out

12 noon; earliest check-in 2pm.

Rates

Double rooms from $112.68 (THB3,900), excluding tax at 17.7 per cent.

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (THB4,590.30), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

More details

Standard rates include breakfast and yoga classes.

Also

On the first floor, the Como Shambhala spa – source of the bathroom goodies in your room – offers a variety of spirit-soothing, body-buffing holistic treatments, including reflexology and yoga-inspired Thai massage. Free yoga is available should you need a morning stretch (pick up stylish yoga wear in the spa boutique if you've forgotten to bring your own).

At the hotel

Spa (including gym, steam rooms, hydro-pool and yoga studios), hair salon, limousine/car hire, valet parking, free WiFi throughout. In rooms: cable TV, CD player and library, minibar, fruit, yoga mat.

Our favourite rooms

Simple juxtapositions of white walls and dark woods abound, as do splendidly oversized limestone-mosaic bathrooms. Bypass the petite City Rooms in favour of the larger, yet still affordable, Studio Rooms and Metropolitan Rooms, which have king-size beds and bathrooms with separate tubs and showers. Or, plump for a Terrace Suite to enjoy the evening air on your private patio.

Poolside

The palm-fringed 20-metre lap pool is overlooked by the restaurant and lined with inviting loungers.

Packing tips

Your most flattering designer swimwear – if Kylie or Colin Farrell are dining in the restaurant, you’ll want to give them a worthwhile eyeful as you sashay to the pool.

Also

Get the Met staff to put together a personalised boutique shopping itinerary for you, taking the stress out of street-schlepping.

Children

Under-12s stay for free in their parents’ rooms. Cots are available and babysitting can be arranged.

Food and Drink

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At the hotel

With a voyeur’s view of the poolside and a gourmet’s grasp of rare, regional Thai cuisine, the hotel's sleek ground-floor restaurant Nahm, headed up by esteemed Australian chef David Thompson, tops every visiting epicure’s to-do list, with treats such as jungle curry with pla chorn (a freshwater fish). Crisp, white eatery, Glow, beside the spa, presents a lighter selection of healthy organic snacks and smoothies for breakfast and all-day dining.

At the bar

Exclusive to members and guests, the Met Bar is a sultry club-land lounge that hums to a laid-back DJ beat until 1am. The staggering cocktail menu, crafted by trained mixologists, boasts more than 40 different martinis.

Last orders

Glow is open until 9pm; Nahm holds court for lunch and dinner. The Met Bar offers snacky Thai food till 11pm.

Room service

Tasty Thai treats can be brought to your room 24 hours a day, and in-room massages can be requested while the spa is open.

Location

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Address
Como Metropolitan Bangkok
27 South Sathorn Road Tungmahamek Sathorn
10120
Bangkok
Thailand

Planes

Fly into Suvarnabhumi Airport (www.bangkokairportonline.com ), then slip straight into an airport limousine or hail a taxi for the 40-minute drive along the Bangna Trad expressway to the Metropolitan by Como.

Trains

From the airport, you can skip the traffic and catch the SA Express train to Makkasan, switch to the MRT subway line and head south to Lumphini station. From there, it’s just a short stroll to the hotel. Lumphini MRT station puts you within easy reach Bangkok’s best. Jump onto the Skytrain system at Sukhumvit or Silom, and you’ve got the whole city covered.

Automobiles

Unless you’re a serious adrenalin junkie, driving around this hot and hectic capital is not advised, so hail a metered taxi or go for a spin in a tuk-tuk to take in the sights without taking your life in your own hands.

Worth getting out of bed for

Thailand’s enigmatic capital is a colourful union of old and new: gleaming temples, delicacy- and doodad-laden street-stalls and floating markets mingle with pulsing nightclubs and buzzing bars. For flavourful street food head to Yaowarat, Bangkok’s Chinatown, to feast on fiery, bamboo-speared satay and a local take on meaty Japanese dish sukiyaki (glass noodles fried with egg, seafood and fresh chili). Drop by the Old Town for a bite at brunch favourite Khao Gaeng Jake Puey (+66 (0)2 222 5229), where fragrant curries and stir-fries are piled high on a rice bed. Intrepid travellers can tuck into a smorgasbord of freshly barbecued creepy-crawlies on Khao San Road: spicy crickets, monsieur? No? Maybe a handful of grasshoppers or a piquant scorpion instead… Temples top Bangkok’s cultural to-do list; sunrise on the west bank of the Chao Phraya river lights up the decorative spires of Wat Arun, the Buddhist temple of dawn; it takes on an iridescent glow in the morning light. Wat Pho, the temple of the reclining Buddha, sits opposite the Grand Palace. It houses the largest collection of Buddha iconography in Thailand, including a 150-foot gilded statue.

Local restaurants

Enjoy the zingiest Thai dishes in town at Bo.lan (+66 (0)2 260 2962) and for spice fiends, Balee Laos (+66 (0)2 663 1051) has plenty of fiery favourites, served in a pretty garden setting. Check out Harmonique (+66 (0)2 237 8175) for excellent seafood, the restaurant is housed in an atmospheric old Chinese home packed with quirky antiques.

Local cafés

Fusion hotspot the Ninth Café on Pleonchit Road (+66 (0)2 255 7125) is a must-visit for its sweet treats; devour a traditional Thai teacake or eye-catching green tea crêpes. Well-loved Kuppa (+66 (0)2 663 0450) is Bangkok’s top brunch destination, with a frequently changing menu serving classics like French toast or Thai specialities, such as sweet 'papaya pok-pok' salad and ka-prao kai (stir-fried chicken with chili and basil). 

Local bars

The shabby exterior of Maggie Choo’s (+66 (0)2 635 6055) is inconspicuous, but it’s a totally different beast inside; step through the tiny wooden doorway into a sultry Oriental lair, where there’s a vintage bar, cosy nooks and dark-leather sofas – perfect for after-hours sipping. Dancing queens should head to Sarasin Road, where late-night discos pump karaoke classics well into the wee hours. 

Reviews

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Anonymous review

Everyone speaks fondly of Thai hospitality. And, to be honest, it’s true. We’ve stayed in some of the country’s best hotels and have been ‘sawàt dii khaa-ed’ ad nauseum, and been handed so many lemongrass-scented cold towels that Mrs Smith has started worrying about her personal hygiene. But, on our way to the new Como Metropolitan Bangkok, we couldn’t help but wonder how the relentlessly warm and friendly Thais would deal with the Met group’s famously aloof, urbane cool.

At the moment, if our taxi driver’s reticence is anything to go by, no one seems to know where the hotel actually is. He turns into the Metropolitan’s private driveway, treating the manoeuvre as though it’s the most difficult in Bangkok driving, and then stops suddenly. ‘Met Bar!’ he exclaims surprisedly.

Arriving at the Metropolitan feels like pulling up at a private club. The hotel’s front-of-house staff have the air of doormen and, as we approach the lobby, we’re half-expecting our entry to be barred with a curt, ‘Sorry, private party.’ Thankfully, all we hear is a ‘Good afternoon, sir, madam. Checking in?’ We are ushered through the sleek lobby, which is a wonderfully light and airy space, with a distinctly – and this is the last time you’ll hear this phrase, I promise – East-meets-West vibe, courtesy of designer Kathryn King, who has created the look of boutiques for fashion luminaries such as Miyake, Dior and Armani. It shows. Even the staff sport Comme des Garçons.

We are escorted to our Studio Room, while our baggage goes up via the staff elevator – a thoughtful touch often overlooked by even the best hotels. We’re impressed. Our first impression of the room is that it’s spacious, comfortable and stylishly understated, with only a use of teak and Thai silk pillows to hint at what city we’re in. Most design-conscious hotels, we’ve found, are a little on the uncomfortable side – the kind of places you don’t even want to unpack your bags for fear of soiling the ambience. It’s the opposite here. This is the sort of room that makes you want to hang our shirts on the wooden hangers, put your toiletries bags on the marble bench in the bathroom, throw on the soft bathrobes, raid the minibar and get comfy on the enormous lounges.

We overlook the lack of champagne in the otherwise well-stocked minibar, as some green tea is brought to our door, swiftly followed by a plate of fragrant exotic fruits. The two ripe mangos practically beg to be eaten, and Mrs Smith and I munch our way through them as we walk around, admiring every detail of the room. Our stream-of-consciousness conversation goes something along the lines of ‘Oh my God, these toiletries smell divine! I must go to the spa! Hey look, they have a CD collection! Why would anyone order Radiohead from room service?’

I retire to the gym – a squeaky-clean space with plenty of state-of-the-art torture machines – while Mrs Smith heads to the pool, a beautiful, 20-metre outdoor affair that leaves you without a legitimate excuse for not doing a lap or two between cocktails. Apart from being in full sight of all the guests waiting for taxis by the front entrance, that is… To access the pool and gym, you have to walk through one of the hotel’s restaurants, Glow, a ‘fresh-food only’ eatery adjacent to the spa. The name seems particularly applicable to me as I cross the floor – I feel like apologising to the diners for my sweat-soaked appearance as I pass.

After a brilliant dinner at the hotel restaurant, we approach the famed Met Bar with trepidation. And, as expected, we’re asked if we are staying in the hotel. Once inside, though, Thai hospitality kicks in, and we’re greeted by a group ‘sawàt dii!’ from the staff. It’s a little on the empty side, but we don’t care. So long as the smooth lychee martinis keep on coming.

The next morning we hit the shops, stopping for lunch at restaurant Another Greyhound for Italian with a Thai twist – East meets West, you could say; but I promised I wouldn’t. Later, after penance in the pool, we walk to the Night Market, a couple of blocks from the hotel. We find some Thai boxing shorts for a pugilistic nephew, and then turn our attention to the food stalls. It’s all a bit underwhelming. Hygiene levels are questionable, and neither Mrs Smith nor I fancy sitting down for dinner next to tourists knocking back beer from mini kegs on the table.

It may be 9.30pm, but we decide to call one of the restaurants recommended by our concierge. Five minutes later – ‘Come now, come as you are!’ – we’re sipping heady ginger and fig martinis at stylishly low-key Eat Me. The twice-cooked duck and the foie gras with scallops are sensational, as are the service and ambience, and we immediately hit it off with the owner Darren. It’s entirely his fault that several hours and far too many chocolate vodkas later, we end up having to take a taxi back to the hotel – despite the fact it’s only a few minutes’ walk away.

We’re a little on the tired and emotional side the following morning, so it’s wonderful that the breakfast staff remember our coffee order and room number, and take us to our ‘usual table’. Impressive. As Mrs Smith and I tuck into our haul from the beautifully presented buffet, we reflect on how breakfast is pretty much the only time we get to see the other guests. They’re an intriguing bunch. We can’t figure out what they do for a living, or whether they’re here for business or pleasure. They’re just like the hotel, in fact: charismatic, enigmatic, slightly aloof and endlessly fascinating.

The Guestbook

Whenever you book a stay at a Smith Hotel with us, we’ll invite you to review it when you get back. Read what other Smith members had to say in Como Metropolitan Bangkok’s Guestbook below.

We loved

The service, the room, the tea upon arrival, dinner, massage, great breakfast! Rocket coffee shop about down the road (10 mins drive), and the general liveliness of the surrounding area.

Don’t expect

That 1 night will be enough.

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Stayed on 16 Aug 2016

We loved

Our favourite

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Stayed on 9 Jul 2016

We loved

Spacious room, great food, quiet relaxation. We really enjoyed an amusement park in Lumpini on our first jet lagged night, was a great start of our trip to Thailand. 10/10

Don’t expect

Bars and restaurants around, it's a business area of Bangkok

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Stayed on 24 Apr 2016

We loved

The room, the service, the pool, the very happy professional staff, the breakfast, the position....10/10

Don’t expect

Anything but the best

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Stayed on 31 Mar 2016

We loved

The room, the toiletries, the breakfast, the spa, the swimming pool, the breakfast, Nahm. Would recommend you go to the Moon Vertigo Bar - an awesome rooftop bar, which is located next door at the Banyan Tree. 10/10

Don’t expect

A lively atmosphere at the Met Bar - it was quiet on the two occasions we went. 

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Stayed on 25 Feb 2016

We loved

Everything! I honestly can not find a single fault with our stay. I'd been meaning to stay here for ten years and it was everything I hoped for.

Don’t expect

Sub-standard service or sub-quality anything – everything about this hotel was as close to perfection as you'll find.

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Stayed on 1 Feb 2016

We loved

The lovely spacious room, the outdoor bathroom and terrace, the food, the spa, and the delightful essential oil smell throughout the hotel.

Don’t expect

Cosiness: this is all cool, clean lines.

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Stayed on 1 Feb 2016

We loved

The service and friendly staff.

Don’t expect

Fast elevators.

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Stayed on 29 Jan 2016

We loved

We particularly enjoyed the breakfast - it was lovely to have some exciting healthy options included on the menu. We also ate at Nahm and really enjoyed our meal there too.The spa area was lovely, and the complimentary fitness class I attended was very good. The bed in our suite was heavenly!

Don’t expect

W thought some of the furnishings are a little worn throughout the hotel.

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Stayed on 12 Dec 2015

We loved

The large rooms, the amazing restaurant (in additional to the famous Nahm restaurant), the enormous pool and the great service. This is a large hotel with a commitment to sustainability and the environment. 

Don’t expect

Food is top notch so dont expect cheap club sandwiches or fried food. No smoking throughout, which is lovely.

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Stayed on 3 Nov 2015

We loved

The Metropolitan is in an area of Bangkok with slightly fewer tourist attractions but convenient, as it was an easy walk to Patpong markets, a metro stop, quick taxi ride (outside of rush hour) to the malls and temples you may want to visit. We had a large room which was cleaned twice daily and was well furnished with amenities. Lovely big bathroom and toiletries were welcomed after a 13 hour flight. We enjoyed breakfast which was healthy and freshly cooked, with an interesting and elegant buffet selection too. As it was rainy season we didn't use the pool but it looked lovely. The spa was a bit expensive so I had a massage down the road instead. We had dinner at Nahm which was a nice experience with some excellent food; coming from the West the currency meant it was more affordable than many other michelin starred type establishments and we enjoyed the papaya salad and the starters in particular.

Don’t expect

Its a modern and trendy hotel so isnt cosy. The Met Bar was empty both times we popped in so had very little atmosphere - we were happy to go elsewhere for drinks.

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Stayed on 2 Oct 2015

We loved

Service, minimalist decor, good food.

Don’t expect

I think the hardware needs to be updated as the hotel seems dated now.

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Stayed on 30 Jan 2015

We loved

Ten years on, the Met still has amazing service, along with a top notch spa and of course, the legendary cuisine at Nahm by David Thompson.

Don’t expect

Traffic in Bangkok can be tricky, so I guess better planning of transportation would be good.

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Stayed on 2 Dec 2014