London's Metropolitan Hotel now has a super-sophisticated Asian twin in the heart of Bangkok. An attractive staff in urban black welcomes guests into the Zen lobby, which is lined in acres of Thai makha wood and flooded with light from the second-floor glass façade. As any health-conscious oasis should, the hotel has outfitted each guest room with custom meditation chairs and yoga mats. Those for whom the lotus is not a preferred position can slip into the private Met Bar, where mixologists serve martinis from a formidable drinks menu. Guests get to rub shoulders with an elite swath of Bangkok's A-list who have already been awarded membership to what is sure to become the hippest of the city's liquid lounges. Metropolitan Bangkok Hotel, 27 S. Sathorn Rd., Tungmahamek, Sathorn; 800/337-4685 or 66-2/625-3333; www.metropolitan.como.bz; doubles from $240.
Housed inside a former YMCA building, the Metropolitan Bangkok has a refreshingly hip aesthetic. The hotel’s public areas and guest rooms are dominated by clean lines, dark wood furnishings, and cream-colored accents. Guest rooms also showcase original artwork by native Thai artist, Natee Utarit. The breakfast smoothies at glow, an organic restaurant, are popular among guests, as is the Thai food at Nahm, owned by David Thompson. The COMO Shambhala Urban Escape houses a gym, male and female steam rooms, and 10 holistic treatment areas.