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
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
Parking on site
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Hip heritage hotel in Singapore's business district with a rooftop pool and interiors designed by Karl Lagerfeld
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.