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
My family and I really enjoyed our stay at this gorgeous hotel. We stayed for 3 nights in interconnecting so urban rooms which were so comfortable. The beds in particular were amazing. The service was great particularly in the xperience restaurant. The breakfast was delicious as was the dinner.
I stayed in the SO Sofitel again for a staycation in May 18. This time I was in for a pleasant surprise!
I was greeted at the front desk by Welcome staff Howard. He was very friendly and noting that I enjoyed my previous stay in the SO Studio room, gave us a free room upgrade to that very same room! We check in and proceeded to our room.
We got to our room and then after consideration, noting that there wasn't a bathtub which we were very much looking forward to use, decided to decline the upgrade and revert to our originally booked room. We called the concierge and was served by Vincent, who very kindly arranged for our room transfer on the same level which happened without any fuss and worries! We ended up loving the new SO Urban room even more! The layout was long and deep with a spacious bathroom and gorgeous bathtub! Absolutely lovely!
This time, we booked the set dinner at the Xperience Restaurant in the lobby that was an additional option when booking the room. Having had lunch there that very afternoon, we were surprised that the meal options for dinner were the same as the lunch menu items. Unfortunately, the restaurant did not have our booking for the set dinner and the manager had quite a trouble resolving it with the front desk and even came to ask me for proof of my booking twice, causing a bit of a distasteful moment with my partner and two guests at the table.
The situation had me quite riled by this time, but thankfully our table service angel Malethy, empathetically apologised to us on behalf of the restaurant manager and saved the day with her pleasant demeanour and glowing smile. Special mention to her and our heartfelt thanks!
Overall, I still enjoyed my stay at the SO Sofitel Singapore and will definitely return again. Thank you to all the staff and their hard work for making it all work, kudos to you all!
An absolutely enjoyable experience. Stayed five nights for a stopover and a chance to revisit Singapore several months ago. So impressed I returned for another break last month. The location is perfect for access to most interests and attractions. Two MRTs nearby. Also plenty of great restaurants in the area.
Nothing too much trouble for the staff. Welcoming, friendly, capable and authentic. Most notably, reception and concierge staff.
The boutique nature works well. Rooms a highlight. Already planning my return.
We Stayed at the SO Sofitel Singapore from the 3rd of Jul 2018-8 July 2018, 5 days package costing $1799. This Hotel is listed as a 5 Star. I am sorry, however as an Experienced overseas traveler for 30 years or so, this Hotel does not measure up to a a high 4.5 or a 5 Star hotel. The Hotel is in the Downtown Business Centre of Singapore. First of all the Taxi driver from the Airport had no idea where the Hotel was situated and took in excess on 1 hour to find it, on a very quite Sunday. After a 7 hour flight from Tokyo this was not appreciated.
The ambiance of the Hotel is very nice, done out in a Chic French Style. The Desk and front of house staff were where very good. For the cost of this hotel the rooms are very small and I think elderly people would struggle with all the IPAD operated Lights, TV, Air Conditioning etc, but we are Computer literate so no problems there. In the package, Breakfast Dinner or Lunch are provided, however of a Special Luxury Escape Menu which is very limited in quantity although the quality, not size was there. Two draught Beers at the pool, set me back $34 AUD, this could of been purchased in the Hawker Market for $10, Buyer beware.
The Hotel is situated very nicely to attractions and the giant Hawker food market near by, which gave us some choice not included in the meals provided. because of our late flight out of Singapore I managed to get a late Checkout, however this cost us some $65 for an extra 6 Hours!! Overall I found the Hotel nice but certainly not worth the $1799 for the 5 nights. In the future I will be more cautious when and if I book through Luxury Escapes for I feel I could of done better Investigating and booking my own accommodation through other sources. Having been to Singapore on over 6 occasions, I must say that the Carlton Hotel is a stand out for quality and value, very hard to beat and I would recommend this Hotel strongly.
Visited Singapore for my birthday after last visit in 1977. Staff at the hotel made the visit special. The concierge guys were super helpful with tips and had the golf clubs ready to go in the morning. Malethy, Rima and Sram in the restaurant went above and beyond to make us welcome. To the extent of acknowledging my 66 birthday. The hotel is well located near Marina Bay and has a pop up food market in the street at night. Would strongly recommend and as I said the staff is the gem that elevated the stay.