SO Sofitel Bangkok is usually out of my budget range for business or for holidays. Again I was given the chance to stay here because of an event. The hotel is located nearer to the business district with many other 5 star hotel chains nearby. SO Sofitel is a new concept category of hotels under Sofitel with strong emphasis on modern artistic designs. The nearest BTS or MRT is about 5 – 10 mins walk away while BIG C is approximately 10-15 mins away by car.
The lobby is located on the 9 floor with a gorgeous view of the city. The lobby is decked in modern tasteful furniture and a good mix of the usual comfortable lounge sofas. The huge lounge is catered for customers to wait and get their check in or check out being done and it is also a bar that serves cocktail for customers to chill out. The service staff here are one of the most bubbly and cheerful group I have experienced in Bangkok. While the service standards of all Bangkok hotels are good, there is an added cheer to the So Sofitel staff which really lights up the start of your start with them.
They have 4 different room concepts following the 4 Chinese Fengshui elements and are priced differently. The most basic in the category is the metal room which is brightly lit and the entire room was in white hues except for some metal decorations. Even the floor is in white polished marble which was shiny and reflective. These are located on the lower floors. Personally I did not like this room as I found it too bare and cold.
The next category was the wood rooms which is decked all in wood and warm earthy colors. This was very standard in terms of decor and most comfortable for me. As a 5 star hotel, all the beds are firm with very good support and the sizes of the rooms is spacious and the bathroom is all well lit and well filled with amenities.
The 3 category is the earth rooms which is entirely in blue with dark wood floor boards. There are very interesting tribal looking drawings on the wall as well. This is my most hated room as I found the room too dark and i really do not know why earth is blue. The reason why I got to experience all 3 rooms was because I kept changing my rooms and in the end i settled for the wood rooms. I have to say that the staff were extremely patient to me for my room change requests. The last room in the category which is the most expensive is the water rooms which is the only rooms with a Jacuzzi facing the night landscape. As I did not get to see or experience the room, I will not describe it here.
Breakfast is served at the Red Oven restaurant with multiple stations. The food variety is huge but the taste and standards of the food is very general. Instead, i find that a la carte lunch served was so much more impressive and well done. The restaurant has full length windows where some tables will also get the perfect city view while they dine.
There is a rooftop bar called Hi So at the top floor where the night view of the city is breathtaking. They serve regular alcohol as well as some interesting cocktails and simple finger food for those who are hungry.
Lastly, at the ground floor of the hotel, there is a chocolate factory store where you can see the Chocolatier making fresh chocolates. They also serve coffee, tea and other cakes on top of their famous hot chocolate drinks. For those who prefer something cold, do try their hand made ice cream just outside the chocolate shop as the best flavor is the dark chocolate as it is so rich and decadent.
Overall, if price is not an issue, So Sofitel is a pretty classy hotel to stay in with one of the happiest service standards rendered. Just to the left of the hotel, 5 mins walk from the entrance facing Sathorn road, there is a very good Thai family restaurant which is very authentic Thai food at wallet friendly prices.
Rooms start from: SGD 277
Address: 2 North Sathon Rd, Bang Rak, Khet Bang Rak, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10500, Thailand