On our most recent trip to Bangkok we got the chance to stay at So Sofitel and experience their urban design hotel, and the impressive themes of the 5 elements that are found throughout the hotel. The theme in the rooms are of our 4 elements, Earth, Water, Wood and Metal, and the 5th element Fire, can be found in the restaurant – The Red Oven, which is also where breakfast is (the best breakfast we have ever had in ANY hotel!).
The rooms are elegantly decorated to an extremely high standard by some of Thailand’s best known designers. The rooms are categorised into 8 classes starting with the So Cozy room which is the smallest of the 8, up to So VIP, where you will be staying in pure luxury! We stayed in a Metal element theme So Comfy room, a beautifully clean, modern and large space with a lovely bathroom and a great view over Lumpini Park and the Bangkok city skyline.
When arriving at the hotel we were greeted immediately and shown to the check in area where we were given an impressive welcome drink that they called “magic drink” as once all the ingredients have been poured into the glass and you begin to stir it, it changes colour! The service was first class and always felt genuine. Once we were shown to our room, we had a chance to relax and taste the complimentary, delicious, local snacks and beverages from the minibar. Each room is also equipped with an apple mac mini that offers a range of media entertainment and services. After a short while we made our way to the beautiful infinity pool where you also have access to a fitness centre which looks out onto the pool. The hotel also has a solarium that consists of a well maintained garden terrace with sun loungers and chairs. There is a wonderful spa on the 11th floor themed as a mythological forest, which is deeply calming and the smells of the lemongrass essential oil infuses throughout the spa.
There are a range of different places to eat throughout the hotel, from a chocolate bar to fine dining and a two floored roof top bar (which has excellent watermelon margaritas!). The breakfast buffet is outstanding, the food is made with top quality ingredients, cooked by excellent chefs right in front of you at the cooking stations, there is everything from asian, european to american cuisines, there is even ice-cream! For breakfast! If you are not thinking of staying at So Sofitel, just breakfast alone should be enough to convince you, and their thai ice tea is amazing!
The hotel has 238 guest rooms and suites and is located on the corner of North Sathorn and Rama IV roads, a great location for accessing some of Bangkok’s best shopping and nightlife in the Silom area, it is also very close to some skytrain and subway stations, great for exploring the city easily and without having to try and get through Bangkok’s crazy traffic!
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at So Sofitel Bangkok and can even go as far to say it is our favourite hotel to date!
By Poppy Glendening