SO Sofitel Bangkok
What We Love
- Designer digs created by Thai interior designers and flamboyant Frenchman, Christian Lacroix
- Apple Mac Minis in all rooms and free WiFi property-wide
- Park Society rooftop restaurant, with monthly menu rotations and a happening alfresco terrace bar
What To Know
- A 10 percent service charge per night will be collected at the Jetsetter checkout
- Don't get your heart set on your room's design theme: Confirmation is upon arrival only
- The infinity pool is shaded in the afternoon
- To highlight the hotel's design features, interior lighting is kept dim; in places it's a little too dark
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
A visual cornucopia of urban design and haute fashion. Five of Thailand’s most celebrated interior designers have reinterpreted the five elements of water, earth, wood, metal and fire throughout the hotel. The street-level lobby features oversize double doors, akin to palace gates of yesteryear, and ancient scripts engraved on the walls. And the parkside lobby has modern furniture created by young Thai designers and glass walls overlooking the leafy 58-acre Lumpini Park. Christian Lacroix is behind the staff uniforms, an evocative traditional weave in unconventional neon colors, and two murals in the Club Signature lounge.
Bed and Bath
Eight room types are further split into four design themes that flow through everything from the corridor carpeting to the individualized room number plates and guestroom decor. Like its host city, the Sofitel So Bangkok can be whatever you want it to be: minimalistic (metal), cozily reminiscent of a traditional Thai house (wood), sensually dim, with a window-side bathtub (water) or imagination-firing with chimerical cave painting motifs in a cobalt-blue palette (earth). All bathrooms feature separate tubs, botanical Ytsara bath products and his-and-hers toiletry boxes.
The Red Oven restaurant offers all-day dining with a pan-Asian and European buffet served market-style. Culinary creatives can head to Chocolab for a chocolate-making class, or to Mixo to concoct cocktails. At night the 29th-floor Park Society restaurant twinkles to life, with Bangkok’s beautiful people converging at the alfresco bar terrace and gastronomes settling down to try award-winning chef Paul Smart’s à la carte and tasting menus, which bear heavy French flavors. Up a flight of stairs, three private Hi-So cabanas atop the building come with a dedicated barman per group. The So Spa is styled like a mythical forest and offers treatments using Ytsara and Cinq Mondes products.
In the Area
Silom Road is a 10-minute walk away, with two shopping centers, Robinson and Central, and a night market farther along the road near the Saladaeng skytrain station, which really kicks off around 8 p.m. Folk around the CBD know to make advance dinner reservations at Italian restaurant Zanotti, while Eat Me offers international cuisine with rotating art and photography exhibitions. To eat as the locals do, try Hai Somtam on Soi Convent, which offers a northeastern Thai feast including the perennial favorites somtam (green papaya salad), grilled chicken and larb (minced meat salad).
How to Get There
This is one of my favourite hotels worldwide! Everytime I come to Bangkok, I'm staying at the S/O Sofitel. The breakfast (OMG, what a breakfast!) and adjacent view is amazing and there are four different types of room themes. I already tried all of the rooms during my last stays and really fell in love with the white room, but can recommend all of them. The pool area is always clean and you can get some nice drinks there. The well dressed staff was always very friendly and helpful! Only thing I'd recommend to rethink is the late-checkout policy. I am a frequent guest at this hotel and always have the problem, that my Lufthansa flight is departing in the evening, so it would be nice if late-checkout wasn't priced as half a night although you only get to stay around 6 hours longer and that you could stay a bit longer at your room, if you are already paying for late-checkout. :) Nevermind, am still recommending. Dinner is good at the S/O Sofitel, but if you like Thai street kitchen, there's a nice restaurant (Northeast) just down the road.
I have only praise for SO Sofitel Bangkok! We stayed for a week, in October 2019, and it was superb and the staff are excellent! I wish to say a “BIG THANK YOU!” to the hotel’s General Manager Mr. Jean-Francois Brun for meeting our stay requests. I really wish to PRAISE **Ms. YUMI**, the hotel staff from China, for outstanding hospitality and always being cheerful with a welcoming smile whenever we met her in the Lobby. She is easy to chat with and she is a very sincere person. During check-in when we had to select another room to our liking; she was patient, understanding, and very helpful. She has the perfect personality and qualities that can be found from staff in top hotels. My wife and daughter really liked her. Ms. Yumi is a great staff asset to Accor & Sofitel Hotels.
2. HOTEL & FOOD
The hotel rooms are elegant and themed for different tastes. For fans of high fashion the Executive Lounge designed by famed fashion designer Christian Lacroix should be experienced. It’s not everyday one can sit in a place designed by an icon. The food at the hotel’s Red Oven restaurant is delicious and of a very high quality. Try the grilled salmon it’s amazing!
3. IN-HOUSE MEDICAL CARE
I have to praise the hotel staff again: Our young daughter fell off her bicycle riding in the nearby park and injured her leg. When we returned to the hotel the staff were attentive and were very quick to provide medical assistance with the in-house nurse. Later another staff recommended us to attend the nearby private BNH Hospital which proved to be a great idea because this is a first rate hospital with top medical staff and equipment. It’s only 10 minutes away from the hotel, so it’s very convenient. There are numerous staff here I wish to thank but I forgot to ask for their names, and the staff do not wear name badges. But there is one staff I do recall and that is Ms. SO Dear for initially helping to assist with calling the in-house nurse. I wish to say, “Thank you.”
4. DEFINITELY STAY AGAIN AT SO SOFITEL BANGKOK!
I want to tell Mr. Jean-Francois Brun that your hotel’s staff excellence reflects your great management leadership! The SO Sofitel Bangkok is a hotel I really recommend, and I will definitely stay again!
“From the beginning of our stay until checking out, our stay was nothing short of spectacular! The hotel and staff are warm, personable, welcoming and accommodating. If you are looking to visit Bangkok, this is the only place to stay. Centrally located, getting around or going out for meal, entertainment or sightseeing is very easy from here. For those so inclined, there is a 24 hour gym and the pool area is sensational!!! The incredible fresh flower display through out the hotel inspire peace and tranquility and the bed is like being enveloped in a soft luxurious cloud! If I could give 6 stars I would!
Thank you so much to all the staff and So Natt for your above and beyond hospitality.
We had a delightful stay!