Three nights at Metropole, the new Bangkok luxury hotel in the Thanglor neighborhood, left us rested and rejuvenated. Highlights of our stay included a decked out studio room, sweet hotel amenities, welcome massages at Prim Nurture Retreats Spa and dinner at CHOW Café and Bar.
We arrived in Bangkok as weary travelers in need of a rest but unsure how our visit would unfold in light of the recent passing of Thailand’s revered King Bhumibol Adulyadej. The Ascott Limited’s Crest Collection’s new Bangkok luxury hotel made us uncertain too. The hotel looked lovely online when we were researching places to stay in Bangkok, but it was too new to have many online reviews.
Well, luckily for us, the chaotic Asian mega-city was operating on a ‘business-as-normal’ basis during our visit. Sure, many tourist sites and temples were temporarily closed, but the partial city shutdown proved to be a blessing in disguise.
We didn’t feel pressured to try to do and see all of Bangkok in three days and could enjoy a small sampling of Siam city life since street food vendors, restaurants and third wave coffee purveyors, the lifeblood of the 2foodtrippers, remained open during this unique period of mourning.
Other than meeting up with friends in Chinatown, we spent much of our three-day visit eating tasty Thai food in and near Metropole, our Bangkok luxury hotel home base. We rested and did some work, but mostly we enjoyed the hotel and its surrounding area filled with delicious street food and good coffee.
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Sound boring? Nope, trust us, we were more than happy to spend time relaxing at Metropole. When we decided where to stay in Bangkok, we definitely chose the right hotel for us.
Metropole Bangkok Review
We breathed a simultaneous sigh of relief as we arrived at Metropole, a Bangkok luxury hotel that takes pride in combining the best of Colonial architecture with neoclassic design and Thai elegance. The end result for Ascott’s first Crest Collection in Asia Pacific manages to be both refined and comfortable at the same time.
Immediately drawn to the wood-appointed lobby’s John Broadwood & Sons piano, we sat in comfortable chairs before the hotel staff scurried to welcome us to Bangkok and Metropole. Fluent in both English and customer service, the staff quickly checked us in and assisted us to our room.
During our three-day visit at Metropole, we stayed in a 27 square meter studio. Though technically one room (not counting the bathroom), this room had everything we needed without feeling crowded including a small kitchen with a refrigerator and a desk that provided a more than functional workspace for our short stay.
If we have one complaint about our studio room, it’s that the bed was too comfortable. This extreme comfort made it difficult for us to get up and out. Despite this issue, the bedroom area worked well for us. We especially appreciated the ample storage area for all of our gear and the TV system with several English language channels including American CNN and HBO.
Fully Equipped Kitchen
One benefit of staying at a new hotel is that everything inside the hotel is fresh. Although we opted for dining out instead of cooking, we made good use of the room’s washing machine and dryer. We almost walked around the corner to one of the many convenient convenience stores to buy detergent, but the attentive staff provided us with detergent within moments of our asking.
In line with the rest of the studio room, the bathroom was appropriately modern and functional. We loved the bottomless products with their pleasing scent of lemon verbena as well as the shower with its excellent water pressure.
For us, though, the Japanese-style toilet was the ‘piece de resistance’. We fell in love with Japanese toilets during our first trip to Tokyo, and that love has not waned.
The Metropole offers all the amenities that one would expect at a Bangkok luxury hotel like a pool, fitness center and WiFi. Pleasant surprises include an onsen for men and saunas for both genders. FYI, we love saunas.
Welcome Massage at Prim Nurture Retreats Spa
Supplementing Metropole’s amenities described above, Prim Nurture Retreats blends Eastern holistic techniques and Western elements to offer hotel guests a full spa experience.
Located in Metropole’s lobby and just steps from the hotel elevator, this zen spa is an oasis from the hectic city distractions. We sampled the spa’s offerings with 15-minute welcome massages that left us relaxed and ready for dinner.
Dinner at CHOW Café and Bar
Connected to the hotel, CHOW Café and Bar is much more than a typical hotel eatery. Led by General Manager Michael S Lin, the international team at CHOW fuses Asian and California favorites to create fun dishes and cocktails.
After sampling several plates cooked by Head Chef Marc HumBert and two drinks mixed by Head Bartender Adrien Agansieu, we’re happy to give CHOW the 2foodtrippers seal of approval.
Cocktails and Small Plates
CHOW’s excellent cocktail list includes creative drinks like the tiki-inspired Poux Spritz mixing Beefeater 24 dry gin, fresh passion fruit, sweet vermouth, fresh lemon juice, simple syrup, angostura bitters and spritz of French bubbly.
For us, though, the Straight from the Hive cocktail steals the show with its combination of Makers Mark Bourbon, bee pollen seeds, cinnamon, Drambuie liqueur, fresh lemon juice, fresh passion fruit, mango and burned cinnamon stick garnish. These excellent cocktails make CHOW an excellent place to hang before or after hitting the Bangkok night scene.
Featuring more than a dozen small plates incorporating Asian flavors and Western touches, CHOW encourages patrons to order several sharable items to start a meal. We were initially surprised to see Potstickers on the Bangkok menu, but we were more than satisfied once we tasted this San Francisco favorite. We also enjoyed other small plates including the Pastrami Egg Roll and the Beef & Kimchi Quesadilla.
Dip the pastrami Egg Roll into the spicy deep mayo served with the Beef & Kimchi Quesadilla. The resulting taste is very reminiscent of a Reuben sandwich, one of our deli favorites in New York City.
Rice and Noodles
We often prefer the starters at restaurants, but this was not the case at CHOW. Initially skeptical based on the name, we dug the Lo Mein Noodles with Mongolian Beef for its combination of fresh and fried noodles, its abundance of both meat and vegetables and its liberal use of fresh herbs.
All Day Breakfast
As much as we enjoyed CHOW’s Lo Mein Noodles, their Congee wins the award as our favorite dish of the night. More traditionally Asian than the other dishes, the Congee provided us with the ideal texture and flavor profile that we crave when we’re in Asia. We quickly devoured the savory porridge with spoons and then used the fried bread served on the side to sop up every last morsel.
We ended our meal by sipping Australian Cabernet Sauvignon when we really should have been packing for our flight the next day. Since it was our final Southeast Asia meal (at least for now), we savored every bite and sip before moving on to our next adventure.
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Metropole is located at Thonglor / New Petchaburi Road, 2802, Bangkapi, Huaykwang, Bangkok 10310, Thailand.
About the Authors
Daryl & Mindi Hirsch
Saveur Magazine’s BEST TRAVEL BLOG award winners Daryl and Mindi Hirsch share their culinary travel experiences and recipes on the 2foodtrippers website and YouTube. The married Food and Travel content creators live in Lisbon, Portugal.
Original Publication Date: October 27, 2016