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In Search of Hotel Excellence: COMO Metropolitan Bangkok
I recently toured Southeast Asia with my wife, and after visiting Sydney, Bali and Singapore, my fourth stop was Bangkok. At just two meters above sea level, we were scheduled to reach the great Thailand capital at a time when flooding threatened to shut down the city. Taking our chances, we landed to sunny skies and friendly faces.
When we arrived at the COMO Metropolitan, we were greeted by the hotel's General Manager, James Low, who promptly exclaimed, "You brought the sun with you!" For the three days in the city, the water subsided and we were treated to an urban experience so remarkable and vivacious that I would recommend a Bangkok visit to everyone. Whether in the future or years from now, you have to see it to believe it. Readying for departure to the next destination, I had the chance to sit down with James Low to talk about his experiences at the COMO Metropolitan.
To start, can you give a brief description of COMO Metropolitan Bangkok? How did you come to join the COMO team?
A part of COMO Hotels & Resorts, the Metropolitan Bangkok, arguably the city's first design-driven hotel, is located on South Sathorn Road, enjoying a close proximity to Bangkok's famed urban nightlife as the style hub of the east. The 171 rooms and suites - defined by subtle and elegant contemporary design - all offer generous space, with comfort and luxury felt in telling detail; from refined 500 thread count cotton beddings and silk curtains, handmade mosaic and limestone bathroom, to the COMO Shambhala signature bathroom amenities. The Met Bar, a stylish members-only bar lounge serves a comprehensive selection of tailored Martini cocktails. Headline restaurant Nahm by David Thompson delivers indulgent authentic Thai cuisine, whilst Glow focuses on extraordinary organic, healthful cuisine. Relaxation is also available with a signature COMO Shambhala Urban Escape, comprising holistic Asian-inspired treatments, a gym, yoga studio and 20 meter outdoor pool.
How does COMO Metropolitan Bangkok integrate with the other COMO properties around the world?
Although the property has not been directly impacted, how has the flooding in Bangkok altered the hotel's business?
While visiting, I had a chance to experience one of your two-story penthouse suites - one of the finest accommodations in all of Bangkok. Do you have a separate marketing plan for such rooms?
Each penthouse suite comes with its own personal butler. Do most people understand the advantages of a butler?
The hotel's signature restaurant, Nahm, is led by the renowned chef, David Thompson. How did you leverage his recognition to market the property?
About Larry Mogelonsky
Larry Mogelonsky (firstname.lastname@example.org) is the president and founder of LMA Communications Inc. (www.lma.ca), an award-winning, full service communications agency focused on the hospitality industry (est. 1991). Larry is also the developer of Inn at a Glance hospitality software. As a recognized expert in marketing services, his experience encompasses Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts and Preferred Hotels & Resorts, as well as numerous independent properties throughout North America, Europe and Asia. Larry is a registered professional engineer, and received his MBA from McMaster University.
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