Concierge.com's insider take:
Not far from the Skytrain and subway, the Metropolitan, sister to the ultrahip London hotel, strives to be the epitome of modernism, with its Mies van der Rohe–style façade and staff dressed in black and white Comme des Garçons uniforms. Once in the lobby—all cream and dark Makha wood—the sequenced mood lighting establishes the theatrical ambience. The 171 bedrooms avoid obvious Asian references in favor of clean lines, natural lighting, stone bathrooms, and handwoven Thai silk curtains. High speed Internet, flat-screen TVs, DVD players, and (naturally) yoga mats are all included, as well as the occasional artistic flourish by local up-and-comer Natee Utarit. Michelin-starred chef David Thompson serves authentic Thai curries and kanom jeen at Nahm, while over at the Met Bar, the DJs compete with the martini mixologists for the attention of stylish guests. A different West-reinterprets-East vibe reigns at Glow, a second restaurant where the menu is organic and mainly raw, and at Como Shambhala, a holistic spa that offers aromatherapy and reflexology treatments, urban retreat packages, a yoga center, a lap pool, and steam rooms.