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
Service was well below the standard of a 5* hotel: check-in took over an hour, long queues to get into breakfast and long waits for most services. The hotel chain also needs to improve on its welcomeness to LGBTI travellers, as well as on its gender policies. The bathrobes are labeled “his” and “hers”, as are the toiletries. Similarly, when we were offered free drinks, they were all put in the name of the only man in the group - we were three women and one man: one of the women paid for the trip.
I stayed here on this hotel for 2 nights after an excellent stay in Sofitel Krabi. I have stayed in a lot of Accor hotels in Bangkok and by far this was my worst experience. Check-in was ok. Rooms are small and I felt it was a poor design. Service was slow. Breakfast spread was good and the Roof top bar was good. will never recommend or want to stay again in this hotel.
This is a third time to stay in SO/ Sofitel Bangkok the staff his name is So Noom he upgrade me to the best room that they had with Lumpini park view its very nice . The breakfast and all the food here it is good taste also the pool . I will come back here again in next trip