What we really need to do is to wrap this tour up and head back to the hotel. Like right now.
We were at Bangkok’s Grand Palace, but ogling at temples was the last thing on our minds; what’s really running through our heads right now was how nice it would be to have another dip at Sofitel So’s infinity pool.
I could never imagine in a million years that I would trade taking photos of gleaming golden temples to simply staying put in a hotel. But that’s how it is when you’re checked in at one of Condé Nast Traveler's Hot List for the Best New Hotels in the World.
|THE GROUND FLOOR MINI-LOBBY|
For two days, we basked in the luxury of one of the most beautiful hotels, if not the most beautiful hotel, this side of Thailand. This modern five-star luxury retreat was designed by French fashion mogul Christian Lacroix together with five of the country’s leading designers. The price is of course, sky rocket high, but we felt like splurging. Or at least one of our travel mates did.
|THE REAL LOBBY AT THE NINTH FLOOR|
Unable to curb our enthusiasm, we checked in quite early and was graciously received by Sofitel So’s designer-wearing staff. They led us to the ninth floor, the stylish Park Lobby, where we finished our business. We thought we’d head over to our rooms right away, but no, there was yet another lounge to sit back and relax in.
|SOFITEL SO’S STAFF, WEARING DESIGNER CLOTHES BY CHRISTIAN LACROIX|
|THE EXCLUSIVE LOBBY|
Since we were booked at Sofitel So’s So Club, we were given access to their Club Signature Lounge. We sat for a minute, tracing Bangkok’s skyline with our eyes, when another well-dressed staff approached us with our welcome drinks. It could’ve came from a chemistry set—whizz, bop, blurb, smoke—and it was all set. Quite fancy for a welcome drink.
|WATER, EARTH, METAL, WOOD AND FIRE; THE ELEMENTS OF SOFITEL SO|
|I LOVE HOW THEY DISPLAY THE ROOM NUMBERS|
And soon we were being herded to what seemed like a gallery of lights, darkness and textures. Sofitel So boasts of unique rooms taken from the five elements; water, earth, wood, metal and fire.
We were given a tour of each room type before proceeding to our own.
|HALLWAY TO HEAVEN, ERR, SPA|
Our companions warmed up to wood, while us, we knew exactly what we wanted. We love water. It is our element. So it was a no-brainer which room would perfectly suit us.
|OUR WATER ROOM, WITH A VIEW OF BANGKOK|
Our eyes lit up as we opened the door to our water room (check rates). While we were expecting something blue, it wasn’t quite the case. The water element was very subtly incorporated throughout the design and we actually loved that.
|PLUSH AND SNAZZY FURNISHING|
The room was very, very stylish; with nice soft rugs, chic furnishing and lots and lots of textures. On one side, the whole wall, with its floor to ceiling windows, opens up to the Lumphini Park below. And further on, the towering skyscrapers of the city can be seen.
|THE VIEW FROM OUR ROOM|
|NOW THAT’S A BATH TUB!|
I have never been as delighted with a toilet and bath as I was with this hotel’s. The built-in circular designer tub overlooking the Bangkok metropolis was just amazing. The whole thing is integrated to our main room too, via a glass divider. Very sexy *wink*.
|COMPLIMENTARY ROOM SNACKS (GOLDFISH NOT INCLUDED)|
Before heading out for lunch, we raided the mini-bar first for some refreshments and snacks. Everything inside it was free of charge, not bad eh?
|ALMOST LIKE A KITCHEN!|
|NOW THIS IS A FRUIT TABLE!|
Complimentary buffet breakfast was served at their Red Oven Restaurant. I’m definitely digging how it looked more like an Asian market than a restaurant on a five-star luxury hotel. The dishes were served on a kitchen-like counter and the fruits were even set on crates!
|SWANKY BREAKFAST HALL|
This street charm transformed into snazzy elegance as we moved from the buffet tables to Sofitel So’s dining hall. Here leather-bound chairs set on a high-ceilinged room, looking out to the cityscapes of Bangkok, made us take our sweet time with our breakfast fare. You won’t see anyone hurrying out with this view.
|SOFITEL’S INFINITY POOL|
And then we’d head straight to the pool again for a lazy morning swim, debating if we’d simply stay, swim and dine at the hotel the whole day or explore the city. Well, it wasn’t really a question worth answering. Forget about the temples, we’re staying at Sofitel So.
Sofitel So Bangkok
Address: 2 North Sathorn Road, Bangrak,
Contact Number: (+66) 2-624-0000
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GPS Coordinates Map: 13.726186, 100.543062