Quick introduction to the Xu’s holiday quirks – We’re the kind of couple that would sting on things like airfares even if it means flying slightly more uncomfortable or a lesser known airline. In cities, we try to walk as much as possible to save on transport cost and to see more stuff on the streets. However, the one thing we do not stinge on is accommodation. For me, a hotel is really important because having a nice place to return to at night is one of the things that make me feel like I’m on holiday. Also it’s the place where you’ll spend a good 8-10 hours every day. Hence we’ve experienced quite a few really nice hotels in the past few years (Argos Cappadocia <3)
So ever since Yuhui went to Perth last year with her friend she’s been raving to me about her stay in COMO there. I had to admit the pictures of the place look pretty good and being someone who appreciates nice hotels very much, I was quite intrigued as I’ve never stayed at or heard of this particular hotel chain.
When we decided to take a short trip to BKK this year, I saw the opportunity to try the COMO experience. In short I’ve got 2 things to say:
1) I can understand why Yuhui loves it.
2) COMO does not disappoint.
Simple, Minimalist but yet Luxurious.
COMO Metropolitan Bangkok is not a new hotel. In fact it’s been around more than 10 years and was one of the earlier if not the first hotel opened by Como in Asia. To be honest I was expecting a slightly more run down place and slightly dated interiors. However when we first arrived I was pleasantly surprised. It became very clear why Yuhui loves this hotel chain. Although their hotels can be found around the world, their design style and approach to interiors are consistent and remain true to a minimalist design philosophy. The colours were clean and simple but yet elegant. Even in its simplicity it felt like a luxury hotel. This style was replicated throughout the hotel and although different from pictures of Perth I saw, it still felt similar somehow.
Service you’d expect from a top notch hotel
(and better than some I’ve been to)
Aside from the visuals, I have the say the service was top notch. There was no need to queue at the check in counter. We were ushered to a sofa in the lounge and served some welcome drinks (I don’t usually like sweet stuff but this drink was very refreshing).
Whilst we were drinking, the check in staff give us some simple forms to fill and that promptly handed us our key. They also enquired about our plans in Bangkok and gave us recommendations on where to go (more on this later).
Spacious beautiful white rooms with a more minimalist approach
The room we got was a Metropolitan room. It was really big as far as city rooms go. (Yuhui said the Perth rooms were slightly bigger but that hotel was out of the city). There was nothing to fault about the room itself. The bed was really big (bigger than king size), there was a nice lounge area with chairs and a daybed sofa. For business travellers, a nice study area.
The highlight for me was the bathroom. The bathroom is something Yuhui and I always look at first. It’s arguably the most important area in a hotel room because nice environments help the pooping process #truestory. This bathroom had a decent sized tub (not squeezy like a lot of other hotels), a big dedicated shower area next to it, a vanity area which was well stocked and a private poop area.
The style of the room was similar to the rest of the hotel. It was simple with lots of white that was refreshing as a lot of the more upscale hotels in BKK follows a more dated 90s kind of style with more muted colours and interiors that I can only describe as more ‘posh’. Price -wise, I found COMO’s rates to be very competitive with the best in BKK.
Another thing I liked about the room was that it was not all carpeted. I’ve got a very sensitive nose so the dust in the carpets sometimes gives me problems. COMO used a nice dark brown parquet finish which I really liked.
Food wasn’t mindblowing but it might just be me
The breakfasts and 1 lunch we had in the hotel personally wasn’t great to me. However it might be because COMO has a whole wellness theme going on.
From their free yoga classes in the morning and wellness spa, the theme also extended to their menu. There was tons of healthy options in the menu, and they had extremely interesting takes on favourites such as Thai style bacon and eggs.
The presentations were beautiful but I think I wasn’t too drawn to it as I usually don’t eat that healthy.
Plus it’s Bangkok, healthy wasn’t exactly on the top of my mind ><. We heard great things about the fine dining restaurant in the hotel though –Nahm. Although we didn’t try it, we heard it is consistently voted amongst the top restaurants in Bangkok. Definitely give it a try if you can.
FINALLY, THE BEST RECOMMENDATIONS EVER.
Remember when I said the hotel suggested a few places we could go? It was the best recommendations we got for this trip.
1) Neverending Story near Jam factory
Great makan place serving Thai food along the river. Go at night. They switch on Fairy Lights and the atmosphere is just amazing. Lots of hipster shops nearby as well. Fantastic for dates.
2) Let’s Relax Spa
we’ve tried Healthland and Asia Herb in previous trips but this chain takes the cake. Similarly priced but much nicer in terms of environment, more modern, lots of white, clean and all round great atmosphere.
They also serve an awesome mango sticky rice after each session. The consistency of the masseurs was impeccable as well throughout the 4 times we went across different staff. Book early!
3) Supanniga Eating Room
Yes I know the name sounds racist but seriously good chicken wings and pork steak. Yuhui loved the Tom Yam as well. Generally most of the menu was really good. Prices were very reasonable.
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