If you like a hotel that is unique, that showcases the talents of local architects and designers but at the same time manages to create an environment where you can feel both comfortable, at home and right in the centre of the busy Bangkok social scene all at the same time, then Sofitel So Bangkok is the place for you.
Plus, the exceptional personalised service means that being a vegan there is a breeze.
Located right next to Lumpini Park, the location of So Sofitel Bangkok seemed to offer the best of both worlds; connection to the vibrant city life that Bangkok is famous for but also the chance to be around the peace of the park with trees, water and shaded calm at your fingertips. BTS and Metro stations are a short walk away and complementary bicycles, mean you can enjoy Lumpini Park, joining in with the health and fitness regime of locals as you cycle around the designated track observing groups of people using outdoor gym equipment, doing Tai Chi or jogging.
The hotel itself reflects the energetic and vibrant nature of the city outside; this is a modern, fresh ‘design hotel’ where some of the countries top design firms worked together with an award-winning architect, creating a hotel that is themed around the Five Elements of Water, Earth, Wood, Metal and Fire; each floor displays art installations, some more noticeable than others but all carrying the themes of the five elements design to every corner of the hotel.
Our So Lofty Suite, like all rooms, had Apple TV, connected to huge LED screens, offering both internet access and a range of entertainment options. There is also free wifi (a must in this day and age), a complementary mini bar stocked with soft drinks and a few snacks (sadly not vegan) and a top quality, easy to use coffee machine (there are tea making facilities too). Having a suite gave us accommodation that had two rooms, a walk in dressing room (with safety deposit box) and a spacious bathroom with double sink, rain shower and huge a circular bath.
The service throughout the hotel was energetic, proactive and consistent. This made a particular impact on us as vegan guests as it meant that people were keen to help, thought about areas where we might need particular assistance (at breakfast for example) and then made sure to remember things we had liked or requests we had made so we didn’t have to repeat them each time we sat down. Added to the encouragement of the staff to show individuality and flair, it made for great service and an atmosphere that was full of confidence and charm.