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
On my first visit to Singapore, I stayed here for three nights. It is a small hotel that has everything you need. The location is very central. Walking distance to the marina & gardens & many other attractions. Super friendly staff who go out of their way to make you feel welcome & are able to help you with any queries or requests. The restaurant was great. Another highlight is the rooftop pool & bar - a gorgeous spot to unwind after a day of sightseeing. Highly recommend this hotel.
This hotel is right at the heart of raffles. Across it is a Lau Pa sat food haven that suits any food craving one may have.
The hotel decor and quirky style never failed to impress.
The king room was impeccable.
The infinity pool and its bar very inviting!
Concierge STAND OUT staffs were Ismael, Jeffrey, Nazar + exceptional ARNEL with extra mile Filipino hospitality. Thank you so much. Our stay is luring us to be back, the soonest time.
One improvement should be that reception staff- ( our check in was done by a thin young girl) whether new or trainee should know and adjust to client preference or be guest centered when taking in credit card or cash deposits. The only SET BACK was when this receptionist didn’t give us our welcome drinks and insisted that credit card holding deposit of 600 sgd be done against my will with my card even if I offered CASH DEPOSIT and that was the only option given.
Now as I’ve returned to my country, I’ve still to follow up in a week or two whether the holding amount had been reversed back. Such a HASSLE!
Other than this GLITCH , it will be or should have been a perfect score
This hotel is in a central position and certainly lives up to its description of a design boutique hotel. Everywhere you look there are beautiful design features so aesthetically it is very good. However, not all these lend themselves to the comfort of the guests. The bench seats in the restaurant look beautiful but they are not at all comfortable and far too low. The tea cups may be the latest thing in modern design but they are so difficult to hold especially with a hot drink inside.
Our bedroom was beautiful with the latest technology so that to operate lights and curtains one uses the iPad provided. However the bathroom was so dark with virtually no natural light, that it was almost impossible to apply make up - obviously designed by a man!
Nevertheless I must finish on a positive note by praising the staff, particularly those on Reception and the Concierge. Arnel and Ismail could not do enough for us they were terrific, whether it be helping plan trips or being really supportive when , for example a new iPhone were left in a taxi. Their support was invaluable at a difficult. time.
We stayed here one night as a stopover on our way to India. Arrived early in the morning at 6am. As we had stayed here once before we knew of the great rooftop pool with comfortable lounge chairs and relaxed here for a few hours until our room was ready.
Staff were very friendly and helpful. Breakfast delicious. Great position, Close to MRT and directly opposite food market.
Walking distance to Marina Bay Sands and Gardens by the Bay. ( although don’t wear yourself out before looking around the gardens)
One suggestion for gym. Yoga mats would be appreciated.
Will stay again.
It was a weekend getaway / staycation for our little family and we have so much expectation for our first sofitel stay. Perhaps having expectation was our mistake.
There was no welcoming upon arrival, I have to sort out that the check ins are to the right side in a room, accor status was not been recognized and staff try to suggest that I did not input it when I made the booking (I saw my accor number on the booking form), I was not been advised of how the wifi works & my accor status benefits. The worst of it all, there was no help been offer to bring luggages to room eventhough the front staff guide us half way to our room and can clearly see we could use a little help.
I did feedback the above to the manager on duty and he was humble to listen subsequently offer us a late check out at 4pm with option to extend to 5pm. Then this causes another problem the next day when I tried to execise the 5pm check out to be told by the front desk that my check out is 3PM. Anyway it was sorted out with a few phones call but I suppose you would expect better from Sofitel, again perhaps my fault for having expectation again.
Bfast was just OK I wouldn't spend to eat there, seems that the crowd is too much to handle as they constantly run out of glasses for juice.
We had lunch at The Cliff and it was great. (with accorplus benefit)
I don't travel alot but in the past few months I have stayed quite abit with Accorhotels as I have jumped in to try out their Accorplus membership. We have stayed at Novotel & Grand Mercure in Singapore and sorry to say that we experience better services in these supposingly lower tier hotels under the Accor network.
I will definitely not return because it is like you paid for 5 star hotel with 5 star decorated hotels but the service really fall short and that itself affect the whole experience at Sofitel. Going though some of the feedbacks here, it seems my experience is not uncommon to suggest they do struggle especially when the hotel is busy.