Sofitel So opens in Singapore with Karl Lagerfeld touches

3 Jun 2014 by ReggieHo

French hotel group Accor Hotels has opened Sofitel So Singapore in a heritage building built in 1927 on Robinson Road.

Designed by Miaja Design Group, Sofitel So Singapore features 134 rooms located in two wings, namely So Hip and So Heritage. Guests enter the property through a light-filled atrium that makes up the lobby, peppered with artworks and a light installation called L’Hexagone. Other amenities include a plush "bed-table" in the restaurant and a golden-tiled rooftop pool offering views of the city.

The Sofitel So is a playful and design-oriented brand, with each property framed in its own style. For the property in Bangkok, click here.

The fashion world's legendary Karl Lagerfeld is a collaborator on this property, with a collection of commissioned objects showcasing his “The Lion’s Seal” emblem, which guests will see throughout the premises and on the bespoke bathrobe. Don't be surprised if there are "models" coming up to open your car door as you arrive – they are front-of-house ambassadors dressed in garde-robe from the Karl Lagerfeld collection.

Sofitel is housed in a former telecommunications building, near Raffles Place. Room highlights include:

  • "Oh-So Stylish" design by Isabelle Miaja, inspired by 19th century French decadence, featuring high ceilings and bespoke light boxes showcasing images of palatial glass domes as a nod to the traditional architecture of Europe and modern constructions in Singapore.
  • The nine suites of the hotel come with a complimentary one-way transfer from the airport, a daily Champagne breakfast and an "ExtenSo" option – basically late checkout until 2pm.
  • So Lofty suites offers balconies flanked by antiquated columns and views of Singapore’s business district. Inside, a range of Apple-based technological amenities include iPad minis to control all room functions and iPhones to call for hotel requests.

Food and beverage outlets include:

  • Xperience – the hotel’s signature restaurant and bar, helmed by Chef Anne-Cecile Degenne, is an interactive experience in which diners can customise their own meals based on sensations such as crunchy, juicy, smoky, creamy, silky, spicy and zesty. Dishes are available in three sizes: XS for tasting, XM for a personal size and XL for sharing. Guests can also order cocktails or choose from a selection of 35 wines. Visiting Michelin-star chefs team up with Chef Anne-Cecile from time to time for special menus, and the first guest chef to grace the kitchen here, from July 1 to 5, is Yuichi Kamimura from Japan.
  • Rooftop bar Hi-So offers a panoramic view of the city and a beach-club experience, complete with "designer cocktails" and "gourmet bites" – so don't expect unacceptable crisps and peanuts. Chill out around the golden-tiled swimming pool or dance to DJ-spun music.

To mark the opening, Sofitel So Singapore has the following opening offers:

  • Weekends@So – At S$599 (US$477; not including service and tax), two people can enjoy a weekend of accommodation in one of the luxury design rooms, champagne brunch on Saturday and an all-day breakfast on Sunday with two glasses of bubbly.
  • For the first 100 days, guests can book their stay and receive a S$100 (US$80) food and beverage credit.

Reggie Ho

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