Rating: ★★★★☆

Address: SO Sofitel Bangkok, 2 North Sathorn Road, Bangrak, Bangkok, Thailand

Telephone: (+66)2/6240000

Email: H6835@sofitel.com

http://www.sofitel-so-bangkok.com/

I visit Bangkok every now and then – there is always so much to do in this city and I often find my itinerary completely jam-packed! I haven’t done a review on all the great restaurants I have visited, but here are a few that I managed to write about.

If I come to Bangkok for work, I usually stay at Four Seasons or The St. Regis, but if I come here for leisure, I make an effort to try a new hotel each time. I am here for a 2-day weekend getaway, and I am staying at SO Sofitel Bangkok this time, one of the trendiest hotels in Bangkok with a prime central location on the corner of North Sathorn and Rama IV roads, directly opposite the Lumpini Park. The hotel is also located very close to major shopping malls, which is an important factor for me!

The most special thing about this hotel is that it has a Five Elements theme, so the hotel rooms are divided into Water Element, Earth Element, Wood Element and Metal Element. The fifth element, the Fire Element, is represented by the hotel’s restaurants.

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I opt for a Wood Element room, which has elegant and tranquil characteristics. The wooden surfaces and gentle colour scheme imbue the room with a laid-back and calming vibe.

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The bathroom is spacious and has a spa-like appearance.

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There is a smart illy coffee machine in the room, but not that I think you will be using it as there are so many great cafes in Bangkok! I am generally very satisfied with my room, and my only complaint is that the hair dryer’s airflow is too weak.

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The 32-metre long infinity pool is truly impressive – it boasts a spectacular Bangkok city view and makes you feel as though you are swimming mid-air. The pool has a low chlorine content and at night, there will be underwater LED lights which help create a super fun vibe!

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The hotel is designed by French designer Monsieur Christian Lacroix, whose visionary designs are bold and remarkable, drawing inspirations from Asian elements.

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Buffet breakfast is served at Red Oven, which is an all-day dining restaurant which offers a broad range of international dishes.

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I love the great selection of fresh fruits, juices, muesli and yoghurts at the buffet.

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I also can’t resist a Thai omelette at breakfast!

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Even though it is early in the morning, I find myself gravitating towards the homemade ice cream counter, and the coconut ice cream and milk tea ice cream are some of my favourites.

Lastly, it is worth mentioning that the staff here are super friendly and chatty. Definitely an enjoyable stay for me!