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
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”).