My wife and I spent 3 nights in Bangkok for part of our honeymoon in early February 2013. This property is one of the most interesting (and certainly the nicest) Accor properties I have stayed in. The whole experience from check-in to check-out was fantastic.
I had booked a "So Studio" room which I was quite excited about. When we checked in, we were very lucky to be upgraded to one of the "So Spa Suites" which was a lovely surprise. There are only 3 of these rooms in the hotel, and they are on level 11, which is the same floor as the day spa. The floor has calming music playing in the background, dim lighting, and tree trunks lining the corridors. The suites on this floor have a unique "rainforest" theme which was very nice. Our room even had a large round bath on a balcony looking over Lumphini Park, which was fabulous, and from what we could see, it looked like the only room with a balcony in the whole hotel - we were very lucky indeed!
Our room entered into a small living room which proceeded past a walk in robe into the bedroom. The ensuite had its own massage table, and is designed for spa staff to give treatments in the room. You can by all means be treated in the spa itself, but it's quite unique to have a spa treatment in your own room. The room had two large 40" TVs, each with mini Mac, and all the furnishings & fittings were lovely. We also had complimentary (non-alcoholic) minibar which was replenished daily. My only criticism of the room was that the lighting was quite dark. This (I assume) was keeping in the theme of the rest of the floor, however it would be difficult to read a book or do work in the living room if you wanted to. But for relaxing, it was perfect. And let's face it, those who book a So Spa Suite are there to relax, not work!
The bed in the room was fantastic, like all Sofitels. I did notice that we had a bit of road noise coming in through the windows at night. I realise the hotel is in bustling Bangkok, however it was a little more than I had expected. Not unpleasant or too disruptive, just more noticeable than I've experienced in other Sofitels.
As our room is considered to be a "Club" room, we were able to access Club Signature on level 25. This is a fantastic facility, and well worth making the most of if you can. Breakfast in the morning is great, followed by afternoon tea and evening cocktails and canapes. Service in the club is fantastic, and the views are quite nice also. It was never particularly busy, so was a good breakfast alternative to The Red Oven downstairs where the main breakfast buffet is located.
We did not use the pool, but it looked lovely, and the gym looked well equipped. There is also a rooftop restaurant and bar, however we did not dine here as we had booked at Sirocco and figured it would probably be a better view up there (which it certainly was!)
On our second night, we were travelling back to the hotel from Chinatown in a Tuk Tuk, and unfortunately my wife's handbag was snatched by two people who rode past on a motorbike. It was over her arm, and sitting on her lap, but they ripped it from her unexpectedly. I contacted my insurance company, who requested a police report, or hotel incident report. We told reception staff about the incident and they were so very helpful. The Front Office Manager organised for their head of security to escort us to the local police station in the hotel's limousine and was able to translate for us, and assist us in getting the report. They really went above and beyond for us, and did far more than I expected they would. We are very grateful for their assistance.
All staff we encountered were a delight, and it was difficult to tip everyone. We will definitely stay here again when we are next in Bangkok. Thank you Sofitel So!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in a prime central location on the corner of North Sathorn and Rama IV roads, opposite Lumpini Park. SO Sofitel Bangkok offers panoramic views of both the park and the city's skyline. Few steps from Lumpini MRT Subway station and only10-min walk to Saladaeng BTS Skytrain station. Guests can conveniently access shopping & nightlife attractions including Silom, Terminal 21, Central World, Siam Paragon. Don Mueang and Suvarnabhumi International Airport are approximately 25 km away. ... more less
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