I’ve stayed in a lot of fabulous hotels in this great big crazy world of ours. But my recent stay at the new Sofitel So Singapore really impressed. It’s just insanely cool, as you’ll read in the story I wrote on our stay, which features in the Spring 2014 issue of Queensland Homes magazine. Redefine the notion of a hip hotel …
It’s a city that is famed for its sophisticated style. But when Sofitel Luxury Hotels unveiled the latest addition to the Sofitel So collection in the heart of Singapore – with Karl Lagerfeld as its style guru! – it instantly redefined contemporary cool.
Housed within an iconic heritage building on the corner of bustling Robinson Road, Sofitel So Singapore has that exquisite blend of history and now. It’s the third in the growing family of designer- curated, fashionable So hotels – the other two being the Sofitel So Bangkok, and the Sofitel So Mauritius, with fashion designers Christian Lacroix and Kenzo Takada behind those, respectively. So when it was time to add a modern Asian gem to the So mix, it was to one of the fashion design world’s most iconic creative genius’, Karl Lagerfeld, that the reins were handed.
And, oh Mr Lagerfeld…you can see his midas touch in every inch of Sofitel So Singapore. From the masterfully curated tomes (including his own collection of images in ‘Little Black Jacket’) that line the shelves of the hotel’s intimate BibiloteK, to the tailored black and white garde-robe of the front of house ambassadors and the bespoke bathrobe and the red door knockers on the So Heritage Wing suites – ‘The Lion’s Seal’ emblem he custom created for the hotel – Lagerfeld has left his indelible mark.And it’s that perfect mix of contemporary chic and Sofitel French flair that left this enamoured guest feeling a little more, shall we say, fashionable than I was before I walked in those front doors.
There are nine opulent suites to choose from, each with its own personality depending on whether you’re on the new ‘Hip’ side of the hotel, or the original ‘Heritage’ side. We went for classic, and upon entering our So Studio room in the Heritage Wing it was love.
Reminiscent of a traditional Parisian apartment, the hotel’s suites have been designed by acclaimed Singapore-based French designer Isabelle Miaja, and boast soaring ceiling heights and heritage details combined with classy elegance and urban edge.The famed Sofitel MyBed – which is, quite seriously, the comfiest bed I have ever slept on – is set under a dramatic, palatial glass dome, lit up with images inspired by the traditional architecture of Europe…a stark contrast to the marble bathroom with it’s modern touches like red enamelled rock’n’roll hand gestures that double as towel hooks.
Every room and suite at Sofitel So Singapore is equipped with the world’s first completely Apple®- based guest technology solution, including iPad minis to control all room functions and iPhones to call for hotel requests – you can even take it up to the super sexy rooftop swimming pool to order your next glass of champagne or poolside snack. Clearly, the tech-meets-taste factor is on high here. It’s ‘so’ cool.
Drinks at the lobby bar was followed by one of the most amazing meals of my lifetime at the in-house Xperience restaurant, an interactive gastro-bar dining concept helmed by French Chef Anne-Cecile Degenne, who sets diners free to tailor their own experience (hence the name). Our meal was based on a culinary journey through the flavours of crunchy, juicy, smoky, creamy, silky, spicy and zesty, every dish available in three sizes – XS for tasting, XM for a personal size and XL for sharing. It made for a long, languid feast for the senses, washed down with fine wines, just as intoxicating as the beats spinning over on the resident DJs decks.
We travelled with Scoot Airlines, and took advantage of the kid free Silent Zone on our way over (seriously, it really is silent!) then upgraded to the affordable comfort of ScootBiz for the return trip.