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
- Handicap Accessible
- 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
Greeting drink ... In a test tube. Good drink. Not elegant to drink. The room ... Ok but the toilet is a joke. 1 cm clearance between the seat and the door. The only way to close the door is to stand on the seat. Toilet seat is square ... just to make it that bit harder to move to the side. The toilet is 10 cm higher than normal. Short people will have dangling legs (we are in Asia). The open toilet door is 20cm from the front door. This can be a surprise for room staff and guests and visitors. The room is managed through a computer tablet. The TV included. Channels are easy to pick but there is no program guide. The curtains are fully open or fully closed. Many staff are trainees. The pool bar waiter had to excuse himself to ask a colleague what a gin and tonic was. Breakfast was a comedy. Heard 1 trainee waiter say to maitre'd .. "he took the f*cking order" ... Didn't think everything was running to plan. Plenty of food variety but it was cold. AC is very cold ... Luke warm coffee served into shallow coffee cups doesn't stand a chance. The buffet is only warmed by overhead lights that can't compete with the AC. Sugar comes in a science lab flask ... they don't work well. The lifts are at the back of the hotel and the doors are at the front. You run a gauntlet of staff rushing up to say good morning and ask if they can help ... a smile and a nod will do. This is an expensive hotel. Not good enough.
The location is very good near MRT and food court. The room is very good.. iIt is difficult to find the hotel. I am an accor member so i am looking for Sofitel hotel not So hotel. The name for SO is big and for sofitel is very small
What can I say? The hotel was amazing. Such an incredible design. The location was perfect too. Right next to the food market and only a short walk to the Metro and the Sands shopping centre/Marina Bay. A huge shout out to Nazar and Hafiz who provided excellent activity suggestions and were always available to call a taxi or give directions and advice. A great stay overall.