In a city with a plethora of beautiful hotels to chose from, it is hard to know where to stay (and I do like to try new places) but for a flawless experience I like to return to the Metropolitan Hotel, Bangkok (where they always seem to remember me, even if it’s been a year). It instantly fills me with calm to walk across those polished dark floors of the light and serene lobby, filled with beautiful minimalist flower arrangements and the smell of COMO Shambala SPA products. No matter how manic the traffic was on the way here, how many hours I have been on a flight (or indeed how frizzy my hair might have gotten in its new environment) you get a feeling that it is all going to be alright. Before I go into any details, the most remarkable thing about this hotel is the people who work here, they are all absolutely amazing and lovely. The fact that my favourite restaurant in the world, Nahm, just happens to be at this very hotel, certainly helps too.
I adore the COMO brand, as I have mentioned before when writing about Uma by Como in Ubud. They focus on wellness and culture in all their ventures, and their Glow restaurant serves up some of the tastiest healthy (vegan, some raw, and where possible, organic and locally sourced) food I have experienced. They have complimentary yoga and pilates sessions every day, the instructors are amazing and the studio very peaceful. You can also book private sessions, or work out in the well-equipped gym or swim in the pool; and best of all, after all that hard work you can sink down in the jacuzzi. Finish off with a smoothie, freshly blended juice, or the wonderful ginger tea, in the Glow restaurant. For a slightly lazier journey towards wellness, try out the SPA; the Thai massage here is the best I have ever had and will get rid of any post-flight tightness. The scrumptious Tom Yumtini or Siamjito at the comfortably dark and sleek Met Bar will take care of any residual tension, and get the appetite going for the best Thai food you will ever experience at Nahm (just make sure you make a reservation well in advance for dinner, lunch can be slightly easier).
The rooms here are calm spaces with a zen-like feel, nothing fussy or frilly to distract your mind, and with comfortable places to lounge, eat, work and sleep. The bathrooms are bright with beige tones and wonderfully comfortable robes, and the COMO products are excellent quality and all have that SPA smell. Being someone that loves over-the-top rococo interiors, it is surprising that I love these rooms as much as I do, but it just fits with the rest of the hotel and everything feels so quiet and clean. My first meal when I get here is always a room-service order of the Tom Yum soup, Phad Thai noodles and Mango Sticky Rice for dessert; three classics which they get perfect every time; all washed down with a young coconut to top-up those electrolytes in the heat. After that, a few hours by the pool goes by ever so quickly, and if you wanted to eat here, the food is great pool-side too (the spaghetti with prawns in a chilli-tomato sauce being a favourite). The concierge here can help you with anything you need, and help you sort ot the perfect Bangkok itinerary and even on their website, the destination guide is very extensive. I stayed here for 2 weeks last time, and I was not bored for a single minute.