Tucked at the end of the bustling Thong Lor is the newly refurbished Metropole Bangkok, the only Crest Collection property under the Ascott Group in Asia. Largely influenced by Colonial architecture, Metropole Bangkok stands out as a prominent landmark amidst the contemporary, high-end residential Thong Lor.
The well-traveled will be more than familiar with Thong Lor, an area famed for it’s hipster cafes tucked quietly in various Soi and how the place transforms at night into a drinking enclave. With speakeasy bars ranging from J.Borovski to our favourite Rabbit Hole, and other mid to high end restaurants in the area, one can’t help but know that Metropole is a well-placed property.
Decked in dark oak, Metropole’s reception area resembles an old English study, with classic upholstered leather green and brown sofas, and a lounge that extends inwards with an endless bookshelf.
A grand Steinway stands between you and check-in counter, and a grand wooden archway envelopes the elevator that takes you between 5 floors.
The Rooming Situation
Metropole is uniquely different from the rest of Ascott’s brands – it doesn’t follow the lines of urban modernity with an aesthetic that has a lot more depth.
Consistently pushing the themes through the property, the Executive Room adopted the brown, earthy hues and translated a warmth that’s cosy and inviting. And no surprise as a service apartment, you’ll be glad to know a kitchenette and laundry machine is at your disposal. If you’re all about aromatherapy and fragrances, be pampered by Harnn toiletries which will fill the room with the refreshing scent of lemongrass after a long, refreshing shower.
The bathroom has all the basics you need, except a full soaking tub which is fine since there’s a massage / spa at almost every corner in Bangkok.
The good: The Harnn toiletries was a nice cherry on the top, aside from the cosy room which was really comfortable.
The bad: They can do with better soundproofing of the doors. We could hear the chambermaids conversing in the mornings, and the light vacuuming sounds in the neighbouring rooms.
The Breakfast Situation
Walking through what feels like an art gallery, the Metropole Bangkok’s cafe seems to have the ambience naturally sorted out with the morning light peeking through the archways. Past the dining area is a long bar that leads to the wading pool with a pretty small gym.
I wasn’t too impressed with the breakfast selection though, since most of the hotels I’ve stayed in Bangkok mostly serves a full breakfast buffet. Aside having a limited choice of international breakfast choices, the rest of the menu didn’t draw much of an attention – and being smack in Thong Lor means you should really explore the countless cafes for brunch.
The good: Clearly, a lot of attention to detail was put into the interior decor of the place. Everything came together well, from the interior flowing outwards. And we generally feel quite at home at this hotel.
The bad: Overall, the food does need a bit of work because both the local and international selections were really not enthralling options to begin with, plus it was quite average in terms of taste and presentation.
Hotel rating: 7/10
Thonglor / New Petchaburi Road,
2802, Bangkapi, Huaykwang,
Bangkok 10310, Thailand.
Booking: +66 2 314 8555