So far, this is the best hotel I’ve stayed at in Bangkok. Why? Check it out!
The Room *****
We stayed in a 54 square-meter Met Room (that’s bigger than many studio apartments, by the way). The room is phenomenal. It’s huge, and very nicely lit and decorated. We had a super king bed that can probably fit a family :-), a full-length L-shaped sofa, and lots of magazines to read. It also has ample work space. The bathroom is absolutely massive, with a giant bathtub by a huge window overlooking the city. Separate shower and bathtub, the way my husband and I like it. For about US$130 per night, this was a sweet deal. Cheaper than The Banyan Tree hotel just next door, and better service!
The hotel is within walking distance to the Suan Lum Night Bazaar – the second largest market in Bangkok (after Chatuchak, which is open during the day). I heard Suan Lum will be converted to a mall though … too bad, because I LOVE Suan Lum! Shopping malls, BTS (monorail) station, massage parlors (including decent ones that don’t offer naughty massage) and many great restaurants (Thai, western, Mexican) are within 5-10 minute walking distance from the hotel.
The Service *****
Everyone is amazingly friendly and knowledgeable. The concierge always gave me great tips on where to eat and how to get around by monorail / subway. Housekeeping staff refreshes the fruit basket every day with mango, pear, apple and banana, but no fruit knives. Apparently it’s a policy not to leave any sharp objects in the room. But the staff asked what fruit I wanted to cut open. And when I said, “Mango,” he said, “Let’s see what I can do.” Five minutes later, this guy knocked on my door with a huge grin, bringing a giant plate of sliced mango, FREE. Now that is thoughtful! 🙂
The Food ***
I only had breakfast here, which was ok – food was definitely not the hotel’s strongest point. They don’t have a great selection on the buffet line, but they offer you a la carte “main course” for your breakfast, where you can either order a plate of three-egg dish cooked to your liking (including the side dishes like potato, ham and sausage), or Asian breakfast favorites like congee, exquisitely cooked and presented. It was super expensive tho!!
The Met Bar
I was told that The Met Bar is a very happening place, with many of Bangkok’s creme de la creme as regulars. I loved the room so much I couldn’t be bothered checking out the Met Bar… but you might want to 🙂
All in all, absolutely recommended to ANYONE. Honeymooners would love the feeling of “being home” because the rooms are basically an apartment minus the kitchen. Families will absolutely love that extra space for kids to run around or throw an extra bed. Business travelers would appreciate the high-speed internet, ample work space, and proximity to CBD.