SO Sofitel Hua Hin
What We Love
- Marble baths feature separate rainfall showers
- The Spa Indochine offers in-room and oceanfront sala treatments
- Private beach and two pools give kids and adults separate spaces to splash and play
What To Know
- Room service is available 24/7
- No pets or service animals are permitted
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
Designer Duangrit Bunnag makes a statement at the 79-room Hotel de la Paix, where traditional Thai stylings take a backseat to chic austerity. The main accommodations are set within two-story, wood-paneled bunkers that frame a central lap pool and unfold toward the sea. Inside, sleek furnishings and plush linens soften the sharp minimalism of the hotel’s exterior. Two restaurants offer a selection of Pan-Asian and Mediterranean cuisine, and the sexy Red Bar serves as the backdrop for everything from casual happy hours to A-list parties. The Spa Indochine is a sinful alternative to an afternoon on the private beach, while two pools give kids and adults separate spaces to splash and play.
In the Area
Just 125 miles south of Bangkok, Cha Am offers easy access to the beach resort spoils of Hua Hin. Take advantage of the hotel’s free shuttle into town for artisan shopping and a taste of local flavor. Your concierge can also arrange a cultural tour of the region, including a stop at Maruekhathaiyawan Palace, a 1920s-era relic commissioned under King Rama VI. Visit Kaeng Krachan, Thailand’s largest national park, to check out local flora and fauna along a scenic self-guided hike. You may even spot a herd of elephants running wild. The real draw in Cha Am is, of course, the stunning shoreline, so save time for sunbathing and snorkeling at the hotel’s private beach.
How to Get There
I was stay in So Lofty Pool Access with my friends ( 6 persons) for one night. The room is quite big and really nice decoration. Pool with wibit adventure float was so good, we tried after all kids gone at night , it was fun. Also many more activities there like Tennis, mini golf, cycling.Staffs is really friendly and supportive. First, we think it's so kid's friendly hotel. But,after end of the trip... somewhat we think we might come back again. And we think, next time we will stay for 2 nights.
After a 9 hour flight from Australia to Bangkok you don’t need a 4 hour drive to the resort. Roadworks everywhere. Should have booked into the airport Novotel or a cheap hotel overnight and travelled to Hua Hin the next day. Did the Luxury Escapes deal, great value (again) and all that was offered we received.
The SO SOFITEL was very nice, large room looking over one of four pools. The hotel is extremely family orientated, with an 18 hole putt putt course, Set in a children’s story book theme. The kids centre is fabulous, great facilities and entertainment for all ages. It is extremely well run by A young girl named Krystal, who has a fantastic personality. She is a great asset to the hotel.
It has two restaurants, one main and a smaller one on the beach front. The staff were very efficient, warm and friendly. The food was of a high standard and plenty of options.
The pools are great and one is Adults only.
Only criticism- check in was ordinary, wrong booking name for room and a degree of ,lack of interest didn’t impress after the long drive.
We visited as a couple but this hotel made us wish we had come here when our girls were small. An excellent pool , a 19 hole golf course ( kiddie ) dressed as a witch hunt , abundance of outdoor games and a rabbit theme running throughout the hotel make it a spectacular stay . The renovated pools were quirky with a free bubble bath service and the breakfast buffet was so classy. One can easily stay for three days or more
We spent 10 days in this resort and - as AccorClub members - we booked it directly with the hotel. After initial confusion with check-in (room not ready upon arrival), we were invited to the beach bar to enjoy food and drinks at hotel’s expense. This is how it should be sorted out! We were also initially a bit disappointed by receiving no room upgrade on which we counted under AccorClub membership, however, we received free treatment in hotel’s spa and free shuttles to Hua Hin as compansation. After we entered the room (basic So Comfy room) we were actually very happy about the compensation rather than an upgrade because the room exceeded our expectations.
ROOM (5/5) - fantastic, spacious room of 60 sq.m. Beautifully designed by combining the modernity of the waxed concrete of the walls and the colonial furniture. An absolute hit is the rain shower located in the free space in the middle of the bathroom, no cabins, no limitations! We never experienced this type of “basic” hotel room.
SERVICE /STAFF (5/5) - first of all this is the front desk staff which takes every effort to accommodate guests’ requests. Initially we requested the change of composition of the free minibar (juices in the boxes to be replaced by increased quantities of sparkling water). This was sorted out very quickly and continued throughout our stay. Then, we asked for more coffee capsules - no problem at all. We were getting more than we could drink. When we mentioned that our room was made up very late on one day (4 PM), the cleaning service was starting very early from the next day! Moreover, what makes the stay in this hotel a nice experience is not only how the staff communicates with the guests (nice small talks when on the beach, smile, friendliness and readiness to assist) but also how the hotel employees communicate with each other. They clearly form a good team.
ANIMATION/ ENTERTAINMENT / EXCURSIONS (5/5) - the key of a good stay in the resort for a longer period of time is to keep guests active if they want to. The hotel does it very well with plenty of yoga, aqua gym, massage lessons, Thai boxing aerobics. Well done! They also offers interesting excursions in the area. We booked the full day trip to Phetchaburi with elephant driving and we were very happy about it ( also because the trip was only for us at the end of the day). The hotel charges around 3,000 THB for the full day trip which is double the price by tour operators in the city. However, I was not able to communicate with the sellers in the city in order to check itinerary of their tour and compare with hotel’s offer. And... last but not least... when taking the tour from the hotel you don’t lose 1 hour to pick other participants from various hotels. Elephant riding - truly recommended! Although the tour was expected to finish 4 PM, we arrived 5:20 PM. There was no sign of rush or impatience by the guide. This was the time for us!
SWIMMING/ BEACH / COAST (4/5) - the beach area of the hotel is fantastic. Wide, spacious, with plenty of waiting sun beds and comfortable poufs waiting for the guests and located directly at the coastal line. This is the only place where the daylight heat is not the problem because the refreshing breeze from the sea. As the majority of the guests are Asian clients who avoid the exposition to the sun, few Europeans and Australians have the place for themselves actually.
The staff of the beach bar is fantastic in terms of serving the drinks and food. The glasses during happy hours are filled to the top. What I was missing was the “institution” of beach boy who would help to arrange for beds or move the heavy beds upon arrival in the beach. The bar waiters are helpful if you ask them but I didn’t feel comfortable with these requests as I was not sure whether it’s actually their job?
What I didn’t like in the beach is the coastal line. The hotel and the neighboring properties enter directly the sea waters on some 1-2 meters high elevation. Therefore romantic walks along the beach at sunset are hardly possible in the area. There is a quite narrow, direct access to the sea for swimming but I didn’t feel good when swimming and looking at the walls of properties At the coast. A kind of Truman Show experience.
LOCATION / AREA (3/5) - literally the hotel is located in the middle of nowhere. There are no shopping or dining options within the walking distance. The city of Cha-Am (quite local) is located 5 km from the hotel and the city of Hua Hin (major tourist destination with plenty of food, shopping and entertainment options) is 30 km from the hotel (30 mins drive).
The hotel is offering 4 shuttles a day to both cities at a reasonable price of 100 THB to Hua Hin per person one way. Although we had the shuttle for free, we used it only 3-4 times because it is quite cumbersome to go there more frequently. The afternoon shuttle when the major heat is over departs 5 PM whereas the major commerces in Hua Hin open between 6 and 7 PM. The last return is 9 PM. Too much time to stay in the night market only, to less time to explore Hua Hin beyond the night market. I think that hotel should consider moving the shuttle’s departure to 6 PM and the return ride to at least 10 PM.
FOOD / BREAKFAST/ BEVERAGES (3/5) - there is clearly something wrong with the hotel’s kitchen (given the fact that you depend on it due to the lack of local alternatives around the hotel). I found the food moderately expensive ( you can it at 12-20 EUR). However, I was missing a kind of flexible food package options. Upon request the hotel offered us a 3-course menu to be flexibly used for lunch or dinner at 1,000 THB per person per day but it was too expensive and in the Thai climate consuming a 3-course dinner is really difficult :-).
Breakfasts were actually far from our expectations. The choice of food was wide for the Asian clients ( noodles, soups, cooked veggies, dumplings). Very good eggs prepared on site in the way you want. However the cold buffet was poor, salami not fresh (it gets a funny smell when you keep in the fridge too long), bakery products simply not eatable (looking nice from outside but simply not kept sufficiently long in the oven - we had to switch to toast bread :-(). Coffee (very good one) served with huge delays I.e. at the end or after the breakfast. Lack of places in the breakfast room with air condition, more places in the terrace where the temperatures were already quite high 8 AM.
Other food experience was also mixed. Good pizzas and hamburgers (really good in European terms), average local food. I am not the specialist of Thai cuisine but what I know is that green curry soup is always green and has fresh young figues inside. The dish at the hotel was brown, had no figues and the content was swimming in a liquid fat.
Drinks were good. We took myglass option being equivalent of 5-6 soft drinks per day or 2-3 glasses of wine between 4 and 6 PM. I was missing tea and coffee in the option. Moreover, if you get a drink credit - you want to use it. We were drinking clearly too much wine because of this option during these 2 hours (when you buy it - you want to make the credit profitable :-)). I would not buy it again. But this is my very personal experience.
GYM / SPORT ACTIVITIES (3/5) - gym is ridiculously small ( some 15 sq.m.) for a hotel of this category. 5 cardio equipment plus free weight lifts and one bench. When I wanted to train with the free weight equipment I had to install the bench and block the access to the cardio equipment. Not acceptable. Opposite to the gym there is a place called “gallery” which presents the pictures of hotel uniforms designed by the local designer. I never saw a single visitor there although the place is at least 4 times bigger than the gym.
The hotel also has a bicycle rental (and a bicycle road! To be used for inline skating as well). However, I was missing the inline skate equipment rental. There is also the tennis court and a wonderful mini golf with 18 holes. The problem is that the equipment is available at the kids tent which closes 7 PM ( sunset time). Therefore we could not use it as frequently as we wanted. We actually played once during the weekend when the kids tent was closing 9PM. Using the facilities during the daylight heat is very unpleasant.
Newly built pool access room allow me and my family to enjoy the pool anytime we want. Hotel also offers a new kids club where my son can spend most of his time there.
There are bikes to be rent which is good for family activity
Breakfast at White oven also great variety. Love the ice cream counter.
Definitely going back soon