SO Sofitel Singapore
What We Love
- Jetsetter 2015 Best of the Best Finalist: Best Design
- Beautiful 1920s façade and glam interiors designed by Karl Lagerfeld
- Taking a dip in the illuminated gold-tiled pool on the roof
- A deliberate departure from Singapore’s other luxe hotels; it doesn’t take itself too seriously and mixes whimsy with flamboyance
- Free WiFi
What To Know
- The financial district is a bit of a ghost town on weekday evenings, and especially weekends
- The ubiquitous use of the word “so” throughout the hotel is a little grating. Want to drink some H2So at the HiSo rooftop bar?
- Rooms in the So Heritage wing get some street noise from Robinson Road Those in the So Hip wing are much quieter
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Opened in May 2014, the Sofitel So Singapore occupies a 1920s building with a beautiful neoclassical façade. The grand limestone exterior belies glam interiors inspired by 18th-century Paris and reimagined with modern day bling by Karl Lagerfeld. Baggage trolleys are etched with playful messages like “Hot Wheels,” while the whimsical furnishings include armchairs with antlers extending from the back. White and gold dominate the property, and the elevators come with leather panels in bright pastel hues. This is not a hotel for shrinking violets.
Bed and Bath
The rooms are split between two wings (So Heritage, So Hip) and wrap around the atrium. Sofitel’s French heritage is evident in the Parisian apartment–style dimensions and the mini Eiffel Tower statues, but tables decorated with maps of Singapore and walls emblazoned with orchid prints add a sense of place. All feature a free minibar, an iPhone 5 room phone, a bedside iPad mini (to control the lighting and AC) and Apple TV. The marble bathrooms have glass walls and Urban Forest amenities, and rain shower heads that light up when in use.
The Xperience restaurant serves dishes like foie gras and truffle siew mai and chipotle-chili crab tacos from notebook-style menus, and the drink list appears to be the product of a crazy brainstorming session. The experimental theme is also evident at breakfast, when chemistry vials and test tubes double as receptacles for foods and seasonings. Sip a cocktail in a gold birdcage-style chair in the Xperience bar. Elsewhere there’s a small, functional gym and a rooftop pool deck with giant silver beanbag cushions and a bar.
In the Area
The hotel is in Singapore’s financial district. While there’s not much to do after-hours, there’s plenty to see within walking distance. Maxwell Road Food Centre is one of the most famous street food spots in the city, and the bars and restaurants at nearby Club Street and Ann Siang Hill are packed with locals. Farther up South Bridge Road you’ll find the gorgeous golden halls of the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum and the Sri Mariamman Temple, with its brightly colored gopura tower. The distinctive Red Dot Design Museum has great exhibits as well as maps detailing interesting design in the area. Wonder Full, the nightly Marina Bay light show, is unashamedly touristy, but the interplay of lasers, water and puffs of fire is strangely moving.
How to Get There
SO very impressed with this hotel the decor is quirky and unique, the checkin process was seamless and very welcoming. We had a two night stay here and our room was on level two, the room was long and large we did not have view from the room this did not both us in the least.
The bathroom size was very good and in particular the shower was a generous size, lovely hot water and nice towels, there was a bath also in the bathroom.As for the toiletries I have to say these were impressive all contained in a his and hers container, toothbrush,comb,hair gel,body lotion that smells devine,even a small perfume !
The room was immaculate, plenty of storage space, a safe which was a very good size and plenty of wardrobe space, the king bed was SO comfortable had the best nights sleep!
The minibar was well stocked and any of the non alcohol drinks were free plus also some snacks. There was a coffee pod machine again well stocked with capsules and for those who enjoy tea a good range of quality tea bags!
The Concierges were SO excellent very helpful with any enquires.
Breakfast was SO good in fact excellent plenty of choices for both continental and cooked breakfast the staff were very attentive.
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay here and having stayed at several Sofitel properties in Europe we found similarities across all properties in terms of unique design and great customer service.
The only one small thing was to access our room once getting out of the lift you needed to go down about four carpet lined wide stairs to get to the room only posed an awkward moment when arriving and departing with cases.
Very close to the hotel is several cafes and also a 7 Eleven shop where you can purchase a Singtel SIM card for your phone, easy to set up and use.
The nearest train station MRT is Telok Ayer a short walk from hotel. Also the Lau Pa Sat Market is a stones throw from SO Sofitel, the market is a food market and very well worth visiting to try some local cuisine, we tried the Satay which is a range of Satay stalls set up in the evening and is very popular we ordered Satay from Stand number 8 had the most amazing Chicken, Beef and Prawns Satay the prawns were large and succulent, the chicken and beef Satays were perfect.
In summary , highly recommend SO Sofitel !!
This is a smallish hotel across the road from
Lau Pa Sat. While the service of the check-in counter right up to the baggage boy was friendly and warm, the hotel itself was a real let down for the amount of money they charge per night. Lobby was small, narrow and cramped and guests luggages were just stuffed everywhere at the lobby. The chairs at the lobby were cheap looking and gaudy, curtains along the walkway were those white transparent types with ugly tacky prints and the lights used were all a mismatch. A deco nightmare.
Luckily, the room was slightly better as the ceilings were higher than average, bed was extra large and comfortable but we had a long room with a small window with no views at all. Good thing the room came with a coffee machine, some free snacks and free non-alcoholic minibar. The hotel also provided bath salts, loofah, facial wash, aftershave, lotion, shaved and even a small vial of perfume, which was a plus.
The swimming pool was small, located on the rooftop on the 6th floor, sharing the space with a rooftop bar.
Overall, was rather disappointed at the hotel given how high they charge for their rooms. It was definitely a price/ expectation mismatch.
If you see this available, grab it!
I arrived late at night at Singapore. Sofitel is very kind to upgrade me to suite room and placed a nice and quality yoga mat in my room. I could not express any more gratitude for these arrangements.
I’m a SPG/Marriott platinum elite member and from now on, So Sofitel Singapore is my first choice.
Here are the photos of the suite room!
First up our check in was very slow and unwelcoming (e.g. 3 of us received the tiny welcome drink; the 4th didn't). This is despite receiving an email requesting confirmation of our arrival time in preparation for a smooth check in. I was very disappointed as it was my suggestion coming here with our friends and first impression was poor. Anyway, next disappointment was the room. I guess because we were on a Luxury Escapes Package we were given basic rooms - ours looked internally and our friends was right near the elevator. For a 4 night stay I wanted a quiet room with light if not a view After quite a bit of checking we were finally placed in better placed rooms.
The stay then improved considerably. Breakfast is very good and breakfast staff consistently attentive and friendly. Housekeeping is also very good. Beds are super comfortable. Rooftop bar and pool is great - especially to cool down after a day of touring or shopping or whatever.
Lunch was great 12/2/19; dinner average 8/2/19. Reception continued to be hit and miss - some staff were friendly and others ignored us. They were continually confused that we had book 3 nights and then added a fourth. We were given a late check out to 1pm but our room key was incorrectly programmed and locked us out just when we were in a big rush. The Guest Relations Manager Mike said he'd look into my concern with check in but never came back to me?
We like that it's a small hotel in a central location, close to Chinatown, Marina Bay Sands and 2/3 MRT stations including Raffles Place.
I would consider staying again but probably look to aternative hotels first.
We were pleasantly surprised at how enjoyable our experience was in this personalised, boutique hotel. From the moment we arrived, the staff were friendly, welcoming and always helpful. We felt like special individuals. Throughout our stay we were continually impressed with moments of thoughtfulness. Our room was clean and cosy. The restaurant was excellent and the staff provided thoughtful insight into wine and food choices. The rooftop 1927 Bar and pool was an oasis in the city after our busy days. The hotel is well located in the city and close to the Marina Bay precinct.