With the advantage of walking distance to Silom and Sathorn business district - one of Bangkok's most happening and major streets as well as the easy connection on the city’s BTS and underground Metro rail links, it has unquestionably benefited COMO Metropolitan Bangkok being one of the most sought-after urban wellness staycations in the City of Angels. mylifestylenews writes.
Centrally nestled on the bustling south Sathorn road alongside with countless Soi (laneway) that surprises you always with innovative cafes, restaurants, local vendors and eat outs as well as unique shopping experiences that never give a dull moment to explore with your ambiguous and open heart that is off the beaten tracks. The colorful neighbourhood attracts business and curious travellers who are in search for something more exciting and unique travel experiences while exploring Bangkok. With that in mind and the facilities that COMO Metropolitan Bangkok has to offer, it has further extended their fame in the past couple of years attracting even younger travellers for an urban escape staycation.
The first impression by entreating the long entrance driveway of COMO Metropolitan Bangkok is rather an exclusive welcoming approach. It is simply designed to allow the reveal inside to attract your attention. When you look back you see lush greenery everywhere that is quite an oasis strategically planted in the heart of the city.
A small slope of driveway will lead you to the hotel façade in no time and harmoniously greeted by a large ornamented lotus leaf sculpture that sits on a small water feature which is rather eye-catching and contributes a chic element to this decade’s old hotel.
Inside the double height spacious lobby draws plentiful natural light through the giant glass wall from each corner and contemporary styles of furniture are carefully chosen to make a design statement to complement the Chinese and Oriental Thai ornamental displays that harmoniously create a warm and comfy ambience.
They are well spaced out sitting on the striking giant orange carpets that you instantly notice the thoughtfulness of a deliberate contrast pops of colours, adorned with vivid purple orchids that sit atop cylinder vases scattered around the entire lobby and also serve the purpose to sectionize the lounge chairs sitting area.
Key statement pieces of furnishings with Oriental touches compliment the minimalist interiors reflected well on the polished dark marble flooring. Subtle yet modern with a sense of belonging and warmth emphasize its sophisticated charm.
Off to the left of the lobby is a bar that is soon to be re-opened since the impact of the pandemic from being re-imagined. Relatively, the other end of the lobby has a small gift shop as well as their signature and Michelin-starred nahm restaurant that serves a modern take on traditional Thai fare, with vivid, fresh flavours. Worth exploring especially while you are staying in house.
Looking out from nahm restaurant is the “urban resort” swimming pool which is larger than a lot of existing and new opening hotels in Bangkok, surrounded by lush traveller palms and well blossomed birds of paradise flora that secludes the entire swimming pool area is a great escape to cocoon yourself in this intimate garden pool and surrounds.
Plentiful of good quality sun lounges and sun beds always encourages you to spend a lot more time than usual by the pool, when the sunny-side-up, Vitamin-D is certainly in the making to soak up all the positive vibes and this enormous swimming pool is much to our excitement.
Service is prompt, inviting and discreet and you are gently whisked away to your room after a speedy check-in. Despite the hotel building itself is of a certain age, apart from low ceilings in the guest rooms and corridors, lots of dark wood furnishing is offset by light colours that gives a sense of coolness when contrasted with the warm tropical heat outside.
There is a phalanx of windows on one wall with excellent window glazing to block the ambient noise from the busy Sathorn road at the same time drawing a lot of natural light streaming in, which can be regulated by the wooden blinds for the excess sun light during the day. The room offers a view of the swimming pool from a higher vantage point and further back of Bangkok Skyline along Sathorn area. The ingenious use of space juxtaposes the sophisticated neutral palette and subtle textures to create a timeless décor and personal touches. There is also plenty of wardrobe and drawer space to unpack and get properly settled in.
The bathroom is all white and beige stone and tiles and felt so airy, as the design elements have been well thought through with more than enough space to spread yourself out for an extended stay, with a large sunken bathtub and a semi-open shower cubicle separate from the vanity area. COMO Hotels and Resorts curated their own COMO Shambhala bathroom amenities and these are the perfect compliment for such a wellness brand and really elevate the senses every time you use them. The label says invigorating and they certainly are!
True to COMO’s philosophy, living a healthy lifestyle with wellbeing is their utmost priority for the guest, so the semi-buffet breakfast offering COMO Shambhala Cuisine is where you can enjoy healthy dishes that utilise organic, locally sourced and nutritionally rich ingredients. The buffet section has a selection of pastries, fresh tropical fruit, salads, superb fresh juices, artisanal jams and butter, a wonderful selection of healthy breads and so much more. We were so delighted by the ‘spread’ and on the surface it did not look extensive, but in actual fact had more than you could possibly need.
The main dishes are ordered a la carte, so they arrive at your table at the perfect temperature and after trying many variations over the three days, there are lots of dishes worth going back for. You can be as indulgent or as light as you want with what you eat and a balance by eating healthy instead of overly indulging is the key by eating right and breakfast became a highlight of our stay.
You can’t possibly surpass a spa treatment while staying in any COMO hotels and resorts. The COMO Shambhala Urban Escape in Metropolitan Bangkok is another oasis of calm for a well-deserved wellness retreat located above the lobby and offers a large amount of space for guests to indulge that is not your average wellness spa for you to nourish your body and soul.
nahm helmed by Thai Chef Pim Techamuanvivit and consistently in the top 10 restaurants of Asia over the last five years serves refined Thai cuisine that is known far and wide within the realms of the dining cognoscenti. nahm has a discreet entrance, so on entering you are surprised at the elegance of the interiors design and architectural highlights. The back wall is finished in burnished gold with larger-than-life lotus flowers which creates such a drawcard for the eye.
The subtly stunning dining room also features six brisk columns which you think may be influenced by Thai culture, but apparently have no specific meaning but are an attractive statement in themselves. The rest of the palette is a mix of light and dark woods anchored by a black marble floor. For those hankering fresh air, there is also an outdoor dining terrace overlooking the tropical hotel pool, but beware of the humidity in the evenings.
The food is quintessential traditional Thai flavours and will have some or perhaps all of your favourites, with a little twist here and there.
We were being critical and expecting some out of the frame ingredients and dishes, but they played it safe on the palate spectrum but we did enjoy a Tom Yum soup, Grilled Banana Leaf with Seafood and a Southern Yellow Curry, to name but a few from the menu and each dish was quite aroi mak mak (utterly delicious) and spot on.
The departure loomed large on the horizon and we were rather reluctant to leave this urban oasis in Bangkok, as we had enjoyed an elevated customer service and experience from the utmost COMO hospitality for its attentiveness, personalised greetings every day and always looked forward to our breakfast feast. The amenities throughout the hotel are still pretty much top notch and well looked after considering the age of the property, but the heritage and spirit lives on and as the saying goes, age is just a number. At least they strive to deliver what they think is best for their prestige guests. Another to-go-to hotel for a harmonious and blissful staycation. Why wait!
Tried & Tested:
Design & Decor: 4/5
Room Amenities: 4.5/5
Value For Money: 4.5/5
COMO Metropolitan Bangkok
27, South Sathorn Road,
Tel: +66 2 625 3333
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