On my recent trip to Thailand with one of my best friends, we were fortunate to stay in the SO Sofitel Bangkok, which seamlessly matched my energy and style. Just by walking into the lobby, you see the fusion of fashion, art, and technology. SO Sofitel Bangkok was able to combine these elements in an interesting way, whereas other hotels have made a similar attempt look cheesy and gimmicky.
While the hotel DJ plays a soft hip-hop beat over the sound system during the evening, the energy of being in the property engulfs you in a good way. You instantly want to explore the hotel and learn more about the design concepts. If you look up, you’ll see the ceiling adorn with beautiful spherical objects that adds a certain, unexplainable panache to the lobby. Another interesting design of the hotel is that the lobby windows overlook Lumpini Park.
Beyond the aesthetics, the staff is all friendly. You’re welcomed with a refreshing tea as soon as you enter the lobby. It’s a nice greeting especially after a long flight from New York. But something else caught my eye at the hotel (it wasn’t the cute men). The staff dressed in a uniform designed by fashion icon Christian Lacroix, which combined traditional Thai garments with a modern, French twist. I definitely would have worn the jackets.
As you can probably tell, this hotel is definitely a creative person’s dream. Interestingly, the SO Sofitel Bangkok is the city’s first truly urban design hotel. It is the product of collaboration between some of Thailand’s best-known architects and designers. The hotel continues to work with famed designers from the fashion, art, and design world while also working with Thai universities to give students a platform to show off their work.
This property blends a mosaic of materials that give a contemporary, high-tech look while at the same time appearing accessible and inviting. Another aspect of the hotel I love is that the rooms have floor-to-ceiling windows that optimize the building’s commanding views in a melding of built and environment. The way the hotel is designed is meant to show a juxtaposition of the city’s hustling flow against the room’s serene and calming atmosphere. It’s like you get to see the city’s thriving energy while being able to just sit-back-and-relax in the comfort of your room.
I had the “Earth” theme room, which was one of five elemental themes, and it was designed to make you feel as if you were in a cave.
Christina Lacroix also designed the pillow I’m holding in the photo, so yeah, I’m holding a designer pillow 🙂 I think another reason why this was my favorite theme was because I kept thinking of how many cute selfies I could take against the blue wall.
Back to the room details – IAW Design’s Vitoon Kunalungkarn designed the Earth element. It is grounded in simplicity, in tune with the designer interpreted as Mother Nature and decorated with Thai primeval wall paintings set against the blue color. This is an interesting color choice since blue is often associated with water, but the blue for this room theme was chosen because it made all the decorations come alive.
Matching the design creativity is advanced technology, which I referenced earlier. Every room as a high-def TV, equipped with a mac-mini. The screen greets you by your last name, so you feel respected without feeling pretentious.
From the design of the hotel and its beautifully tech innovations to the fierce uniforms and friendly staff, this is the hotel for the urban millennial traveler. They do host many LGBT themed parties on the roof so if you’re looking for a hotel as an out traveler, I recommend the SO Sofitel Bangkok. There are also many amenities that everyone can enjoy. Until next the next post about the amenities of SO Sofitel Bangkok, just Go Thai, Be Free 🙂
Hotel details are below if you’re interested in booking:
SO Sofitel Bangkok
2 North Sathorn Road, Bangrak
Phone : (+66)2/6240000
Fax : (+66)2/6240111