A concrete skyscraper perched slightly off the busy shopping district in Bangkok, Thailand, is Sofitel So Bangkok. Dubbed as the “fashion hotel,” Sofitel So Bangkok is helmed by Monsieur Christian Lacroix, who contributed his artistic expertise to the luxury stay. The club lounge holds his signature in red paint over a slab of concrete.
From the architecture to the interiors, Sofitel So Bangkok oozes of stylistic appeal. If you up to pamper yourself during the holidays – Sofitel So Bangkok will fit the bill. The hotel is built on the concept of the Five elements: Fire, Water, Wood, Metal and Earth. This inspiration draws inspiration from the serene Lumpini Park, which the hotel overlooks.
Water – Sophistication and calmness
All rooms are run by Apple iOS, avoiding chunky physical copies of room service menus
View from our room, and from the custom bathtub
From the soft glowing interiors of the room, clean lines of dark wood and mosaic tiles interplay, to a round bathtub facing the city view, you’ll be mesmerized by the sheer details that Water element offers.
Earth – Wonder and enrichment
Cobalt blue themed, Earth is the most wondrous of the elements in Sofitel So Bangkok. It feels like a little cozy cave. The hieroglyphs on the walls and curtains are pretty to look at, but the bathroom of black and white tiles is the stunner.
Wood – Elegance and tranquility
No bonus points for guessing the main material used for this interior. Wood element rooms boast of custom teakwood furniture and a reprint of a hand-sketched drawing by the designer and architect, Nithi Sthapitanonda himself.
Metal – Purity and modernity
Minimalistic and pristine, you’ll fall in love with this chic and modern room. The brushed metal clouds crowning the bedframe cast an enchanting silhouette above.
Sofitel So Bangkok welcomes international guests with some fruits and the Thai Bael Fruit Tea
Each room comes with an absolutely FREE minibar of some local snacks and drinks that is refilled every day. The coffee machine uses illy espresso capsules. Of course, room service is responsive and friendly; we request for foam over feather pillows in the middle of the night and they came in minutes.
Macarons for afternoon tea, to prepare for a havoc night
Congee set served at Club Lounge for breakfast
Spread of breads, cereals and nuts at Club Lounge
In case you’re wondering where is Fire… It is aptly embodied by Red Oven, the grand restaurant on the seventh floor, overlooking the concrete cityscape and the lush Lumpini Park. The namesake is derived from the Molteni ‘Red Oven’ – the longest of its kind in Southeast Asia! This is where breakfast is served; and if you live on a club floor, you can opt for more exclusive breakfast menu and afternoon tea at the Club Lounge.
Sitting on North Sathorn, directly opposite Lumpini Park, it’d be a waste not to have a rooftop dining area and an infinity pool. Park Society boasts of a futuristic ambience overlooking the Bangkok city. Indeed, a city only comes alive at night!
Sketch of Sofitel So Bangkok’s locale; the hotel oozes of art at every corner
Sofitel So Bangkok may not be a convenient location for some – it is approximately a 60 baht taxi meter ride down to our favourite Platinum Mall. But what would be a better way to end a hectic day in Bangkok than to unwind in an exquisitely-themed hotel, off the dramatic shopping district?
SOFITEL SO BANGKOK
2 North Sathorn Road
Bangrak, Bangkok 10500 Thailand
Tel: +66 2624 0000
Fax: +66 2624 0111
Writer: Leong Chee Sheng
Photos: The Influencer Media, Nichology