Monday, February 23, 2015

Sofitel So Bangkok: Luxury Redefined

Sofitel So Bangkok

I just need a decent hotel to snooze on and stow my luggage while I’m out exploring the city. That was me before Sofitel So Bangkok came into the picture. It’s the first time that I was wishing the city tours would end right away so I could go back and enjoy the comforts of my room and the hotel. Sofitel So is an experience in itself.

It was midday and the crazy heat of Bangkok was starting to eat up our energies. We sluggishly climbed out of the cab and went into the lobby of Sofitel So Bangkok, our home for two days. The stylish lobby was just a prelude to greatness.

Sofitel So Bangkok
Ground floor lobby
We were welcomed by a staff and were guided to the Park Lobby on the 9th floor where someone will take charge of the check-in process. A Filipina staff; I was so ecstatic upon knowing that a fellow kababayan will assist us on everything. We’re chatting like long-lost friends. My buddies were just staring at us in wonder – it’s just a girl thing I think.

Sofitel So Bangkok
Sawasdee ka!
Filipina staff at Sofitel So Bangkok
Moving on, the Park Lobby is somewhat the formal receiving area for guests. It’s huge and very airy with a nice view of the Lumphini Park. People were leisurely enjoying their drinks on modish seating areas. You need not to encroach yourself on the front desk, someone will take care of everything while you enjoy the lovely lounge. But then we were guided to yet another lounge.

Sofitel So Bangkok
Park Lobby
We climbed a few flights more and reached the Club Signature Lounge at the 25th floor which is exclusively for So Club and Suite guests only. The private room echoed an air of lavishness. The intimate set-up was perfected.

And then the welcome drinks; we were treated to a fancy drink that was concocted in front of us, reminiscent of your Chemistry class in Junior High. Test tubes of different stuff were mixed on individually prepared glasses and then the potion was offered. That was cute.

Sofitel So Bangkok
Club Signature Lounge
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We were then shown our room options and a little insight on the hotel itself. Sofitel So Bangkok is dedicated to personal comfort and luxury; I instantly felt the perfect fusion while we were treated with utmost attention.

Designed by world renowned fashion designer Monsieur Christian Lacroix with collaboration from leading Thai architects and designers, the grand plan of mixing French luxury and Thai hospitality came to life in this chic contemporary hotel. The staff’s uniforms are also designed by Christian Lacroix, nothing but exquisite traditional Thai silk, I immediately wanna own one.

Sofitel So Bangkok
Lovely uniforms designed by world renowned fashion designer Christian Lacroix
The concept of the hotel surrounds around the five elements that can truly define the essence of Bangkok, thus, So Bangkok. Hotel rooms resonate the four elements; Water, Earth, Wood and Metal while the restaurants, especially the The Red Oven, represents the element of Fire completing the five elements, very well-thought-of.

We were assigned to a So Club room type (check room types and rates). The rooms here are somewhat similar to other types (in terms of room layout and design) but then the additional privileges by Club Signature access was the icing on the cake. We are entitled to an open and unlimited access to the very exclusive Club Signature Lounge (exclusive to So Club and Suite guests only), thus, the checking-in was done here. Afternoon cocktails are also offered here, endless and limitless. We also have the option to have our breakfast here or at the usual buffet breakfast area at the Red Oven Restaurant. And we haven’t checked out the rooms yet.

There are themed rooms to suit the guests’ tastes. All the rooms have almost the same amenities and in-room facilities (except for the Suites); One touch web window, LCD TV, complimentary WiFi and internet broadband connection, in-room private bar (everything is free-of-charge), espresso machine, Sofitel Signature “My Bed” with pillow menu, decorative room features by Monsieur Christian Lacroix, en suite luxurious bath tub, shower and bath area, His and Her toiletries that’s totally personalized and the option to choose your themed room. Now we’re talking.

The photos and virtual tours of the rooms are on the official website but we asked if we could probably check out the room for ourselves and get the real vibe of it, and they obliged.

Certain floors are dedicated to each element; the corridors, open areas and even the room numbers are all consistent with the theme. So let’s go on a tour!

Earth | Wonder and Enrichment | An enfolding haven adorned by Thai primeval wall paintings – mythical creatures, shadows flickering in the light.

Sofitel So Bangkok Earth Room

Sofitel So Bangkok Earth Room
Earth
Sofitel So Bangkok Earth Room

Wood | Elegance and Tranquility | Enter a calming oasis, murals sketched on silk evoking old Siam, alive with colour and the touch of a master.

Sofitel So Bangkok Wood Room

Sofitel So Bangkok Wood Room
Wood
Sofitel So Bangkok Wood Room

Sofitel So Bangkok Wood Room

Sofitel So Bangkok Wood Room

Metal | Purity and Modernity | Frenetic Bangkok comes to a halt, a collage of metal, whites and glass. A transcendence of time and space.

Sofitel So Bangkok Metal Room

Sofitel So Bangkok Metal Room
Metal
Sofitel So Bangkok Metal Room

Sofitel So Bangkok Metal Room

Sofitel So Bangkok Metal Room

Water | Sophistication and Calm | Organic curves like flowing water, onyx glowing against cool dark marble. Drink in skyline panoramas from every vantage point.

Sofitel So Bangkok Water Room
Water
It was decision time and it was an easy choice for my cousins, they want the Wood-themed room. As for me and my buddy; it was love at first sight for the Water-themed room. And so we went on our separate ways and indulged in our own elements.

I was having goosebumps when I entered our room. It was dream-like. Water is really my element (flashback; swimming, snorkeling, cliff jumping, waterfalls jumping, and so on). The openness and airy feel resonated all throughout the room. The floor to ceiling glass windows that opened up to Lumphini Park was nice. The glass wall dividing the huge bath tub and the working table opened up the whole area.

Sofitel So Bangkok Water Room

Sofitel So Bangkok Water Room

Our bed was so relaxing with plush pillows and comfy duvet. The huge LCD TV has its own wireless keyboard (I tried Skyping with a friend). The working table overlooking the park was very calming (I can either gather so many writing inspirations here or be lost while daydreaming).

The complimentary food and beverages were just too lavish. Everything in the mini-bar was free, yes, free.

Sofitel So Bangkok Water Room
No menu list for the mini-bar, everything is free!
Sofitel So Bangkok Water Room
Welcome treats
And to my favorite spot in the room; the mini walk-in closet which I owned as soon as I found it tucked behind the mini-bar showcase. There’s a vanity mirror, hair dryer, bedroom slippers, vanity kit, bath robe, mini closet, safety vault, extra pillows and other thingamajigs. I’m not the girly type but I totally fell in love with this dedicated space that I told my buddy he’s off-limits here (he just laughed). Oh, I so love that space. Kudos to the designers.

Sofitel So Bangkok Water Room
The mini walk-in closet is love!
The en suite toilet and shower area were perfectly designed. The His and Her toiletries and amenities were absolutely fabulous. And the bath tub, oh, where do I begin?

Sofitel So Bangkok Water Room

I immediately stripped off and tried the tub, and it was luxury at its finest. I was soaking into blissfulness; pure and real. I wasn’t thinking of anything at that time, I just savored every moment and the feel lingered all throughout me. I felt nothing and everything all at the same time. This is happiness.

Sofitel So Bangkok Water Room
Instagram moment: Splurge at Sofitel So Bangkok
It was late in the afternoon when we thought of trying the Infinity swimming pool at the 10th floor. Sofitel So Bangkok has really perfected the art of luxury and incorporated it into their infinity pool. The 32-meter lap pool seemingly flowed over Bangkok’s skyline that looked like we’re swimming in mid-air.

Sofitel So Bangkok Pool
Infinity pool overlooking Bangkok skyline
Sofitel So Bangkok Pool
Outdoor jacuzzi
Lounging areas, outdoor jacuzzi and a bar were also on dedicated spots. We spent the rest of the afternoon having fun at the pool overlooking the gorgeous Bangkok skyline.

Sofitel So Bangkok Pool
Instagram moment: Lounging at Sofitel So Bangkok's outdoor jacuzzi
Our room was made up as soon as we came back from our pool gig. The shutters were lowered, the duvet was arranged and cute throw pillows were added. Drinking glasses and bottled waters were cleverly placed on each of the side tables. They’re really good at this; those cute little surprises.

I had the best sleep that night that I woke up smiling, as if I was being tickled by a feather or something. I didn’t have the slightest rush on my body, all I wanted was to relish that moment. I pulled out of bed and stared at the view of the park; I sat on the couch and just gazed at the birds on the trees, a very tranquil morning. And then my buddy suddenly cried out that he’s hungry, I laughed.

We went to the Red Oven Restaurant where the buffet breakfast was being served. The smell of coffee, bread and smoky hams and bacons greeted us as we settled in our chosen area. 

Sofitel So Bangkok Buffet Breakfast
Red Oven Restaurant
Sofitel So Bangkok Buffet Breakfast

Sofitel So Bangkok Buffet Breakfast

The idea of an open kitchen felt cozy and homey. We feasted on fresh fruits, cheese and cold cuts, and happy bacons. It was a very relaxing morning, indeed.

Sofitel So Bangkok Buffet Breakfast

Sofitel So Bangkok Buffet Breakfast

Sofitel So Bangkok Buffet Breakfast

I usually get sad and melancholy when I leave a happy place. But this time, I was ok. It was check-out time and I had the easiest time to prep and leave the comforts of our room that gave me a full day of happiness. I was too happy for Sofitel So Bangkok’s unique hotel experience that I was numb to feel sad or grumpy. Cheers to blissfulness!

Sofitel So Bangkok is by far the best hotel for me.

Sofitel So Bangkok


Sofitel So Bangkok (book online)
2 North Sathorn Road,
Bangrak, Bangkok, Thailand
Contact Number: (+66) 2.624.0000






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