Colonial Style Charm in a Modern Setting: Metropole, Bangkok Review

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Bangkok has no shortage of great places to stay including some colonial-style properties of great charm. Thailand was not a colony – by colonial-style I mean period style of the early twentieth century.

The Metropole is a development by Ascott, which is a serviced apartment complex although as it has a nightly rate also sees some hotel business.

Location

The location is mixed. It basically sits at the far end of soi Thong Lor. That means that it is well located for Suvarnabhumi airport, and is within walking distance of all the great, trendy bars, eateries, shops and more of Thong Lor and, a little further afield, Ekkamai. There is a local bus which shuttles around Thong Lor from the end of the soi, so just a couple of minutes from the Metropole you can easily take it and reach the skytrain station. Additionally, the hotel is right by a small pier on one of the klongs  served by river ferry. So that is another option to get down to Siam or upstream, for example.

 

However, the hotel is behind a busy road and beside a highway, so the location means that it is noisy around the clock. This distracted from my enjoyment of the hotel.

Design

There are a couple of thoughtful elements about the way this building is designed. The exterior although modern is done in an old style which distracts the eye from the high rise towering over it.

The reception, including a bar lounge, has been decorated very tastefully in a style evocative of a gentleman’s club, with wood panelling and Chesterfields.

The room floors have less of this style, but enough of it in their public areas to carry the theme through. The room in which I stayed had limited vintage style decoration with exceptions such as a metal sink and wingchair. So overall, the hotel conveys a vintage ambience upon arrival but is modern enough inside that it would suit guests whether or not they appreciate the vintage aesthetic.

Room

The room was comfortable, with a large chair, and a decent desk.

The bathroom was a bit poky and not completely well thought through – it was hard to avoid water splashing around and some more storage or shelf space would be welcome.

Amenities

The room was compact but thoughtfully designed. It included a washing machine, kitchenette with cooking and eating utensils, coffee maker, kettle and similar items one would expect in a serviced apartment.

There is also an outside pool and a fitness area.

Service and Stay

The service was fine but nothing special.

The guest mix included numerous Chinese tourists who spent many hours when others may be sleeping noisily packing and repacking cases for hours. This noise, together with traffic noise, was my biggest dissatisfaction with the property.  

Conclusion

At a competitive price point, this is a decent base for a day or two in Bangkok, especially if being near Thong Lor or Ekkamai is desirable for you. The design though it feels thought through rather than organic, is still a welcome step up from many other newish properties in the city.

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