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2016-03-30

Sofitel SO Bangkok @ So Chic So Inspiring

Overlooking the entire lush of green of Bangkok famous Lumpini Park, Sofitel SO Bangkok is the result of a one-of-a-kind collaboration between awarding-winning Thailand’s leading architects as well as the hotel stylist Monsieur Christian Lacroix for his opulent designs that have come to embody French haute couture at its most splendid and extravagant. The tres chic, tres superb staycation inspires mylifestylenews……


The Sofitel brand has eleven elegant hotels dotting the Asian region, with lavish properties in Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, and the Philippines, that include flagship hotels of the fashion-forward SO Sofitel brand that develops uniquely designed hotels infused with lots of local energy as each new Sofitel SO hotel inviting world-renowned designers to leave their mark on the brand.


Sofitel SO Bangkok is a truly urban design hotel that creates its own niche with the Accor brand of hotels. Location also plays a prime part in the success of this hotel with overlooking Bangkok renown Lumpini Park with beautiful, tranquil treed canopy views from many different vantage points within the hotel environs. In a city of contrasts and one that never sleeps, Sofite SO Bangkok tells the story of the Five Elements – Water, Earth, Wood, Metal and Fire which strives to create harmony of place and individual balance through the synergy of the these elements, each of which has its own unique energy and characteristics.



The Stylistic ballroom foyer


You have a choice to choose the room element provided they are not running a high occupancy. We chose our guest room element on arrival and opted for the Earth element with the deep blue shades. We were allocated a corner room which provided an even greater experience. The room was like an aerie with fabulous views far and wide with two aspects to enjoy.


Artistic design are found everywhere in the hotel


 There are high ceilings with space galore, floor to ceiling windows which can be curtained off at the touch of a button, so the last thing you see before going to bed and the first thing you do when you wake up is to stare at the far reaching drop-dead-gorgeous views of Bangkok’s skyline and Lumpini Park aka the miniature version of Central New York right in front.


Our corner room has sensuous curves and some quirky design touches, you don’t feel like you are living in a box. With black and white tiles defining the bathroom space and wooden floorboards for the rest of the room, the room can be a totally open plan or you can close the sliding doors with porthole windows at the bottom to close off the entrance foyer corridor and bathroom to the bedroom area. This playful touch goes so well with the mythical forest graphics on the walls.


The open plan design results in a space that is very large and the bathroom takes up more than a third of the guest room floor plan with rooms starting at 38sqm where our corner room is in the vicinity of 48sqm.


As featured in the hotel, the first four elements inspire the design of guestrooms spread respectively over different floors, while Fire is represented in the all day dining restaurant by the signature Red Oven. While you won’t get to stay in all four elements represented in the guestroom designs, the mood shifts from immaculate white (Metal), to ravishing blue (Earth), a calming wood and light interactive design (Wood) and dark and mysterious tones (Water). All rooms have floor to ceiling windows for you to absorb the striking views of Bangkok.


Sofitel SO Bangkok is also Asia’s first hotel to offer a fully connected lifestyle, with all of the 238 rooms and suites equipped with fully integrated Apple Mac mini Solution provided by DirectStreams that offers an unprecedented range of media entertainment and guest services at the touch of a button. There are some hot spots for dining and socializing within the hotel as well with stunning views to match, they truly aim to give you a great all-round experience inside the walls of this stunning hotel.


The spectacular and uninterrupted Lumpini park view from the well designed infinity swimming pool.


One of the best things to do while staying in Sofitel SO Bangkok is to make sure you spend enough time in this irresistible infinity pool. 


Lumpini Park plays a very important part where the five elements are readily in evidence – the earth of the ground and soil, the wood of the trees, the water of the ponds, the metal of the surrounding environment, and the fire of the sun overhead. Subsequently, these elements give you reasons to pause, reflect, relax, indulge and take time out to enjoy the world passing by outside the hotel’s doors.


“SO” many details had been well thought through and amenities given pause for thought to ensure that they nailed it – the infinity pool on the 10th floor is superb in size as well as the SO Spa on the 11th floor to wrap your mind, body and soul both comes with a stunning skyline view through Lumpini Park.


Monsieur Christian Lacroix’s influence and design elements can be found in many other aspects by bringing his personal touch of theatrical flair, fantasy and folklore to the fore with the creation of Sofitel SO Bangkok’s signature emblem. The Tree of Life  is the center piece that encapsulates all of The Five Elements into one creating a harmonious balance.


With his magic adding to the stunning five elements inspired designs, you will discover Sofitel SO Bangkok differently even from the staff eclectic and spiffing uniform design that bringing bold colors and floral touches into designs that merge traditional Thai dress with  the sharp lines of French tailoring. An Asian-inspired nouveau take on the age-old motif, the powerful “Neo Arbre de Vie” is the realized vision of a true artist and an emblem unique to Sofitel SO Bangkok.


Daily breakfast is served at the Fire element floor in Red Oven that boasts a myriad of flavors where the kitchen’s work and Qi offers a well blend of Local Thai mixed and western selection. As you have always no worries on Thai’s breakfast selection when you are in the land of smile as they always outshine themselves and not afraid to bring out the best with consistency. The western options are equally good although the croissants were rather disappointing for a luxury French branded hotel produced in less fluffy yet soggy in texture. The ambience has such a great vibe especially when the weather is sunny and bright with those soaring ceilings.


The oneiric spirit is a metaphoric expression of time through the ages, the imagination runs loose with a visionary take on a traditional in the street lobby. We enjoyed our stay and enjoyed looking at different design elements within the hotel as the mood changed throughout the day with the changing light. while there are some niggles about some aspects of the service, the staff has their hearts in the right place to offer some outstanding examples of hospitality that would create some great memories. This urban design hotel is where creativity and innovation have no boundaries, with a cutting edge city living concept that encapsulates why you need to immerse yourself in this modern and distinct Sofitel SO Bangkok.


Tried & Tested:
Location: 4/5
Design & Decor: 4.5/5
Food & Beverages: 3.5/5
Housekeeping: 4/5
Room Amenities: 4/5
Service: 3.5/5
Value For Money: 4/5
Experience: 4/5


Highlights:
Inspiring Design & Decor

2, North Sathorn Road
Bangrak, Bangkok
Thailand
Tel: +66 2624 0000


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