During my recent trip to Thailand, I had the luxury to stay at a classic colonial style apartment at Metropole – The Crest Collection, by The Ascott Limited. Boy, was I in for a surprise. I was amazed by the lavish lobby as soon as I stepped in. From then on, it was one lovely surprise after other as I checked out every nook and corner of this elegant living space.
Complete Review of Metropole – The Crest Collection
Metropole is situated in the lovely Thonglor district of Bangkok. Thonglor has everything from cafes to salons, chic pubs to fancy diners and more. It is definitely one of the best places to stay when you are traveling to Bangkok.
It is so convenient that I could just go for a 5 min stroll and reach a 7*11 store, diner, cafe, salon or a pub. Oh and did I mention that Domino’s Pizza is just adjacent? For lazy people like me who want everything as near as possible, this was an ideal retreat. However, if you in the mood to explore more, the skytrain is simply a 10 min walk away and links to all key points in town.
That being said, location is surely not the best part about Metropole. Their colonial style architecture and decor is what made me go absolutely ga-ga over this property. I felt like I went back in time – a few decades, give or take, to the “Golden Age” as I strolled around, admiring the interiors for the first hour or so.
Since I like to bring unique experiences to my readers, I knew Metropole would be the perfect fit. After hopping from hotel to hotel for days at end during my travels, I was pleasantly surprised to find something so different that it was quite refreshing.
A Sneak Peek into Metropole’s Studio Apartment
Metropole offers different categories of apartments, catering to various requirements and taste. I had a chance to stay in one of their fully equipped studio apartment for two days and let me tell you, I simply didn’t want to step out of the hotel…and for most of the time, I didn’t.
These tastefully designed studios and deluxe apartments are ideal for any kind of traveler – business or leisure.
Every thing you might need in a service apartment is included – washing machine, hot plate, utensils, microwave, coffee maker, espresso machine, electronic safe, cupboards and even a bath tub (umm.. yes you need one, trust me its a necessity not a luxury).
With an in-house fitness center, swimming pool, spa, bar and cafe, I didn’t really find a reason to go out, except for my shopping spree and to explore Thonglor.
Prim Nurture Retreats Spa
Prim nurture retreats is the in-house spa of Metropole and is surely one of the best spa experiences I have ever had. Period.
I had the luxury to get myself pampered with a Thai Thermal Therapy course. This 140 min treatment includes Thai Massage + Thai-Himalayan Thermal Compress. For these 140 minutes, I truly believed I went to heaven – no jokes.
I was asked to fill out a short questionnaire to inform them of any medical conditions or preferred pressure points. The decor was warm, cozy and inviting.
Comfortable clothing was provided and I was taken to a quiet and cozy room. After a nice foot scrub, it was time for my massage. The pressure was just right – not too much (which is the case with the Thai street massage parlors) and not too less. Post massage, Himalayan pink salt was used in the thermal compress to detoxify the body – Just what I needed.
After my 140 mins of bliss ended, I was served with refreshing organic tea and got a chance to meet lovely Min, the managing director. I was offered a nail treatment at her studio – Thonglor nails, which is right down the street, where I enjoyed a lovely manicure, pedicure and nail art. If you are in the mood for some further pampering, you must head down there as well. Luxurious spa “and” nails – that was one relaxing day for me, thanks to Min.
Chow Cafe n Bar
Chow is the in-house restaurant and bar at Metropole and it is simply fabulous. Not so much for food, but for the cocktails and the awesome decor. With stunning paintings all over, excellent plush upholstery, a pool table and most delightful cocktails, Chow matched the grandeur and charm of Metropole to the T.
If you happen to be in Chow and are feeling adventurous, I would highly recommend “Winter is coming” the powerful concoction by Adrian – the talented mixologist at Chow.
Chow is open from 0600 – 0200 hrs so you can literally go down for a drink or a bite anytime.
Overall my experience at Metropole was unique, interesting and rejuvenating. The entire staff was courteous and helpful at all times, I could see a wide smile on their faces 24/7 – which is so important to me, as a guest. So if you are headed to Bangkok, don’t forget to check out Metropole and I promise you won’t be disappointed.
Contact & Bookings-
Metropole The Crest Collection by The Ascott Limited
Address: Thonglor / New Petchaburi Road, 2802, Bangkapi, Huaykwang, Bangkok 10310, Thailand.
Special thanks to Asst marketing manager of Ascott – Yada for organizing this stay, Min for spoiling us and pampering us to the hilt, Adrian for getting us slightly tipsy (okay, not slightly) and the entire staff for the hospitality.
Disclaimer – My friend and I were guests of Metropole – The Crest Collection. However, I really did feel I had stepped into a page of a history book and entered a time machine. All opinions remain unbiased and ‘Winter is coming’ had nothing to do with it, I promise *Hic*!