Sofitel So Bangkok

High design in a Bangkok tower
VERIFIED LUXURY
Sofitel So Bangkok fits right into the colorful chaos of Thailand’s vibrant capital — the 30-story building overlooks verdant Lumphini Park and the city’s modern skyscrapers making for some spectacular views from guest rooms, the top-floor spa, an outdoor glass-walled swimming pool and the several in-house restaurants and bars (including a fashionable rooftop watering hole).

Located in Bangkok’s business center but close enough to walk to shopping and restaurants, the hotel speaks to both business and leisure travelers looking for luxury.
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Our Inspector's Highlights
• One of the most visually interesting hotels in Bangkok, Sofitel So pays homage to Mother Nature with a concept that centers around the five elements — water, earth, wood, metal and fire.

• The rooms at the artsy luxury hotel feature wildly varying palettes, materials, textures and personalities.

• One of the biggest highlights in the Bangkok hotel is the two-floor wellness center, which includes a rooftop infinity pool overlooking lush Lumpini Park.

• Dark marble floors, wall-to-wall windows, artfully placed tree trunks and vertical wood beams lend the So Spa lobby a mysterious air. In fact, the space was designed to evoke a mythical Thai forest.
Things to Know
• Save room for a treat from Chocolab café in the lower lobby — it whips up imaginative creations that are almost too cool to consume.

• Wait for nightfall, when the rooftop pool’s color turns a radiant shade of violet.

• For even more intimacy, ask about the So Suite Spa, where you can stay overnight and enjoy in-room treatments.
The Rooms
• In the water-themed rooms — created by Pongthep Sagulku of August Design — soothing shades of gray ripple across the walls and a huge onyx bathtub takes center stage.

• More abstract, the wild earth-themed rooms are the vision of IAW Design’s Vitoon Kunalungkarn, with vivid purple-blue hues and animal motifs running across the walls.

• Meanwhile, the sleek wood rooms have gleaming hardwood floors and vertical bamboo-like beams, and the metal rooms inherit a minimalistic Japanese aesthetic with clean white walls and accents with a splash of sparkle.

• To complement the diverse and dramatic décor, the spacious rooms come equipped with lots of tech touches, including large LED TVs with wireless keyboards as well as iPads.
The Restaurants
• The space with the most obvious connection to fire is Red Oven, a hugely popular open-kitchen buffet that’s meant to resemble a market.

• Dine on pan-Asian and European eats while watching chefs cook on the huge central red oven.

• Mixo is a chill cocktail lobby lounge that pours molecular cocktails. And serving an international menu and experimental tipples, stylish Park Society exudes sophistication from its more subdued 29th-floor rooftop perch.

• When the lights go down, poolside cocktail bar The Water Club comes alive, with comfortable lounge chairs, moody tunes and unbeatable views.
Getting There
2 North Sathorn Road, Bangrak, Bangkok, Thailand
TEL66-2-6240000
NEARBY AIRPORT(S)
BKK (22-35 min)