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
- 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
The staff here are second to none, I’ve done a lot of traveling and rarely post a review like this unless its well deserving.
The moment we were dropped off at reception, the staff springs into action. One grabbing our bags and quickly directs us to check in to speed up our check in. We are send up to the signature lounge for my membership check in. We are sat down in their signature lounge offered a well come drink snacks wines of choice etc. Meanwhile our bags are rushed to our room and room is prepared for our stay. You may say I get this all the time but the speed, professionalism of this was out of this world. Now the part that blew me away, in passing I mention that we needed clothing washed and never had enough time to wait for the usual turn around time. With out missing a beat they offered to complete the washing ,ironing and packing of all items (25) with collared shirts all had collars back with cardboard washed ironed within two hours delivered back to our room. We offered the staff tips but referred me to leave a review on TripAdvisor so here I am. I will be back and keenly looking forward to my return 10 thumbs up here for me.
Stayed in the SO Sofitel for three nights. We booked a room with Club Signature benefits. Upon arrival we were immediately escorted to the Club Signature on the 30th floor of the hotel. Very personal and relaxed welcome in the lounge by Ben who took the time to explain the hotel facilities and the Club Signature benefits. He offered an outstanding welcome and is a real asset to the hotel. Throughout is rest of our stay the service offered by all the Club Signature staff was consistently of a high level and they were very easy to approach.
We got upgraded to a SO Lofty suite, however as the suite was not completely ready yet (we arrived early) we were offered to wait in the lounge with some drink and bites. After a short wait we were escorted to the water themed SO Lofty Suite on the 27th floor. The suite is very spacious and of course has the comfortable (and huge!) bed that is present in all Sofitel hotels. The suite has two TV’s both with a Mac Mini. The bathroom offers a separate shower and huge round bathtub. The SO Lofty suite has two separate toilets, one in the living room and another in the bathroom. All amenities that you would expect are there and cleaning is also what can be expected of these kinds of hotels, spotless. Complementary water bottles and the mini bar was restocked every day. The only comments that we have on the room are that there is some wear and tear showing along with some minor maintenance issues, being the drainage of one of the sinks and the electric blinds that wouldn’t close properly one night. These issues were however quickly resolved by the maintenance crew after we contacted the front desk.
We had breakfast both in the lounge as well as in Red Oven, the hotel’s main restaurant. Although the breakfast offering in the main restaurant is slightly larger, we felt it was very busy when we visited. We thus preferred to have breakfast in the lounge that is more quite and also has an extensive offering, including various a la carte options, both European as well as Asian. Afternoon tea and evening cocktail offering in the lounge is also very good and varies sufficiently from day to day. We very much liked the possibility to sit outside on the balcony of Club Signature.
We did not make use of the hotel’s restaurants or the room service menu. We did have drinks however at the hotel’s rooftop bar. The view of the Bangkok skyline and Lumpini Park is beautiful at night. Apart from the standard cocktails there are some very creative cocktails on the menu. The pricing of the drinks is fair considering it is a rooftop bar.
The hotel’s pool overlooking Lumpini Park is also nice. There were more than sufficient lounge chairs during every day of our stay regardless of the time of day. Apart from the pool we did not try the hotel Spa or the fitness facility that are located on the same floor.
All things considered we did have an excellent stay at the SO Sofitel in Bangkok. Compared to the classical Sofitel brand that we experienced in other hotels (including ao the Sofitel Bangkok Sukhumvit), the SO brand offers a more modern approach to hospitality. Both brands are equally good and in our view it merely comes down to personal preference.
I chose this hotel for my 3rd trip to Bangkok after seeing the reviews and the picture of the infinity pool with Bangkok skyline in the background. I initially booked the Shangri-La hotel but I'm glad I chose this one instead. This hotel probably has the best infinity pool in Bangkok add to that the very friendly staff who speaks good English. The room (even the cheapest one) is very spacious with very nice view of the city. I had an awesome experience as an Accor Plus Silver member and the breakfast buffet is good too with a lot of healthy selection. I really wish I extended my stay beyond 3 nights. When I go back to Bangkok, I will surely choose this hotel again. Special shout out to Toei (I forgot the actual spelling) from the pool staff. She's very warm and accommodating and even shared good stories. You should have more staff like her.
Lovely experience, very nice decorated rooms. Friendly service and amazing spa experience. The food was top notch as in most sofitels. I recomend the prestige suite with amazing city views. Would stay here again, only drawback was the smell of humidity in my room.
Stayed here during our visit to Bangkok. The location is good, right opposite the Lumphini park. It close to 2 subway stations; silom and sala daeng (skytrain). The room was spacious and comfortable and the view from the rooftop bar is amazing.