Bangkok has at last shrugged off its stale, old King and I hotel style with the opening of this sleek Eurasian beauty with 171 rooms, some magnificent penthouses among them. The sister to London's Metropolitan—and likewise owned by Christina Ong—the Bangkok Met is a modern oasis created by designer Kathryn Kng (even the staff wear Yamamoto). Hallways are done with beautiful abstract tiger-stripe carpet; rooms have Makha wood floors, Bose stereos, Italian cotton sheets on the platform beds, and bathrooms with matte cream limestone and flawless lighting. Unlike the grande dame hotels down on the river, The Metropolitan is hopping: Under Amanda Gale the main restaurant, Cy'an, has become one of the hottest tables in town—as much for the sexy crowd as for the tuna with crab, avocado, and gazpacho and the Australian crayfish salad. Rates, $240-$2,000. At 27 South Sathorn Road, Tungmahamek, Sathorn; 800-337-4685; www.metropolitan.como.bz.
Hotel prices show high-season rates from the least expensive double to the most expensive suite.