The High Style of Sofitel So Singapore

  • In the lobby at Softel So Singapore, where staff in Karl Lagerfeld-designed uniforms check guests in on iPads.

    In the lobby at Softel So Singapore, where staff in Karl Lagerfeld-designed uniforms check guests in on iPads.

  • Sitting pretty in a So Lofty room in the hotel's heritage wing, which occupies a 1927-built neoclassical landmark (formerly the Oglivy Building) on Robinson Road.

    Sitting pretty in a So Lofty room in the hotel's heritage wing, which occupies a 1927-built neoclassical landmark (formerly the Oglivy Building) on Robinson Road.

  • On the balcony of a So Lofty room, where original granite masonry is offset by sculptural designer chairs.

    On the balcony of a So Lofty room, where original granite masonry is offset by sculptural designer chairs.

  • Interiors by French designer Isabelle Miaja include whimsical nods to her country's past, not to mention classic wall paneling and sumptuous furnishings.

    Interiors by French designer Isabelle Miaja include whimsical nods to her country's past, not to mention classic wall paneling and sumptuous furnishings.

  • Shaking things up at the in-room dining bar, which comes complete with cocktail books and a hangover kit.

    Shaking things up at the in-room dining bar, which comes complete with cocktail books and a hangover kit.

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The latest outpost of Accor’s design-centric Sofitel So brand has opened in Singapore, with rooms that channel Napoleonic-era Paris and a vibe that is perfectly au courant. Here’s a first peek inside the hotly anticipated hotel, with five looks to match

By Chris Kirkpatrick
Photographs and styling by David Tan

With its bespoke Karl Lagerfeld staff uniforms and interiors inspired by Napoleonic-era Paris, Sofitel So Singapore (65/6701-6800; doubles from US$225) aims to ratchet up the style quotient in Singapore’s CBD. As the third location of Sofitel’s fashion- and design-oriented So brand, the 134-room property doesn’t fail to impress: its public areas and high-ceilinged suites inhabit a 1927 neoclassical landmark, while a new five-story wing is crowned with a rooftop bar and gold-tiled swimming pool. Rooms feature classic wall paneling, teak herringbone floors, and, above each bed, light boxes patterned after French cupolas, complemented by such high-tech gadgetry as iPad minis and iPhones. And come mealtime, there’s Xperience, where French chef Anne-Cecile Degenne oversees a menu of global cuisine from an open kitchen equipped with a six-meter-long custom Molteni oven.

This article originally appeared in the June/July 2014 print issue of DestinAsian magazine (“French Twist”).

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