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As the gateway to Southeast Asia, Bangkok has the important job of welcoming travelers from around the world to the region. So it’s a good thing this city has so many boss hotels. And as someone who gets asked for where to stay in the capital of Thailand recommendations often, I consider it my duty and pleasure to review options for you here. I know! I just give ’till it hurts.

While speaking at TBEX Asia, I had the pleasure of staying at an absolutely stunning hotel that rocked my socks off. Designed by Christian Lacroix and touted as combining French luxury and Thai culture, this might just be the swankiest place I’ve ever stayed in the city. , you are indeed a stunner.

Sofitel So Bangkok Room
Sofitel So Bangkok Room

The Location

The Sofitel So is located in Sathorn, surrounded by embassies and just a short walk to the trendy neighborhood of Silom, which is home to some of Bangkok’s most celebrated bars and restaurants. The hotel overlooks Lumpini Park, Bangkok’s answer to New York’s own Central Park, and provides complimentary bikes for guests to explore the lush paths with.

The Rooms

There are four different room categories at the hotel, each representing one of the elements of the earth — metal, wood, earth, water. I was assigned to an earth room, inspired by a set of Thai caves and the ancient wall paintings that adorn them.

The dark and curving walls created a cozy vibe perfect for resting and recharging between conference sessions, while a comfortable office area provided a perfect space for working on my presentation. Also fantastic for renewing oneself after a busy day of urban adventures? The gorgeous soaking tub that was the centerpiece of the suite.

Free wifi was a given, while free minibar access was a welcome bonus.

Sofitel So Bangkok Room

Sofitel So Bangkok Room

Sofitel So Bangkok Room

Sofitel So Bangkok Room

The Restaurants

Sofitel So Bangkok is home to a trio of eateries —  Red Oven, Park Society and Chocolab — only the first of which I extensively tested. That said, I did stop by Park Society for a rooftop drink at its buzzy bar one night, and I did swoop through the chocolate buffet at Chocolab for a sugar hit one morning.

Possibly my favorite part about waking up at the Sofitel So Bangkok? Starting every day with breakfast at  Red Oven. The breakfast buffet here might be the most impressive I’ve seen anywhere in Thailand — basically the highest compliment a breakfast lover such as myself can bestow.

Sofitel So Bangkok Breakfast Buffet

Sofitel So Bangkok Breakfast Buffet

Sofitel So Bangkok Breakfast Buffet

Sofitel So Bangkok Breakfast Buffet

The Extras

If you need to work off some calories post-buffet, Sofitel So has you covered. The onsite So Fit gym is not just gorgeously appointed with views overlooking Lumpini Park, they also offer fitness classes!

My biggest regret of the stay was that my schedule didn’t allow me to attend any, though I did sneak in two short workouts on the machines as well as a run in the stunning Lumpini Park. If you need to wind down after a workout, the onsite spa looked divine.

But as lovely and instagram-able as the rooms, breakfast buffet, and gym all may be — and lovely they truly are — the real jaw dropper is the thirty-two meter pool. Or, more accurately, the view, which takes in not just the treasure that is Lumpini Park, but also the Sukhumvit skyline beyond it.

While the pool was a relaxing haven during my visit, on the last Saturday of every month they turn up the volume for what is widely known as Bangkok’s hottest pool party, which hotel guests receive free entry to. Day drinking with that view? Here’s hoping I get the chance to hit it up someday in the future!

Room for Improvement

The drawbacks were few and minor  — I disliked having to change elevator banks at the ninth floor lobby in order to get to my room from the hotel entrance,  the immediately area around the hotel wasn’t super appealing (though nearby Silom is fabulous) and I wished the Skytrain was closer (though there was a subway stop a three minute walk away).

Mostly, I wish I’d had more time to stay and play at the hotel! Just walking into felt like a vacation, and I plan to return someday when I have more time to enjoy the amenities of this beautiful Bangkok hotel. With rooms starting at around $140 per night, it’s a little outside my usual target rate range (I’m always amazed by what you can get in Bangkok for under a hundred bucks) but the level of luxury does correspond to the price bump and I’d absolutely come back for a splurge.

Curious about the other objects of my Bangkok hotel obsession? Check out my reviews of the Radisson Blu Bangkok, U Sukhumvit, Luxx XL, The Aloft, The Four Points, Shama Suites, S15 and the trendy hostels in Silom. I can’t wait to see where I bed hop to next!

What Bangkok hotel do you think I should I add to my list?

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I was a guest of the Sofitel So Bangkok as a speaker at TBEX Asia 2015. As always, you receive my honest thoughts and opinions regardless of who is footing the bill.
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22 Comments...
  • Gemma
    June 9 2016

    OOFT – they have thought of everything at Sofitel So Bangkok, I like the running So.. theme. I wish I had done a bit more research into the ‘trendy’ areas of Bangkok for my stay instead of a windowless den on Koh San Road, always next time (all roads go through Bangkok!)
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    • Meihoukai
      June 10 2016

      Everyone has to do the Khao San Road dance at least once (or like a dozen times, in my case). As you said, you’ll definitely be back!

  • Dai
    June 9 2016

    Welcome back to Bangkok, What are amazing design. Won’t find such a designed hotel so often unless some internationally renown designer steps in.
    I will be in Bangkok at the end of July but got good deal from Shangri-la so may be next time.

    • Meihoukai
      June 10 2016

      Ooo, I’m sure the Shangri-La is divine. Enjoy!

  • cate
    June 9 2016

    This place looks great, and really spectacular amenities! Is it in a good part of Bankok?
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    • Meihoukai
      June 10 2016

      My favorite area to stay in Sukhumvit, but it was a treat being so close to the park!

  • Britt
    June 10 2016

    Yup this one is going straight on my hotel bucketlist!

    I’m hoping to base myself in Bangkok next September while I do a Reprieve internship. All of your Thailand posts make me even more excited for living in Thailand. All of fingers and toes are crossed that I pull it all off!
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  • Shut up with that tub! This looks positively dreamy. The only Sofitel I’ve ever stayed in was in Macau, and it was equally awesome/over-the-top.
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    • Meihoukai
      June 10 2016

      I bet! I always hear Macau referred to as the “Vegas of Asia,” which makes me surprised you went 😛

  • Lauren Bishop
    June 10 2016

    Oh my gosh – I thought that bathtub was the definition of heaven, until I saw the rooftop pool! The whole hotel looks amazing and well worth the SE Asia-level splurge (aka the cheapest price you could find for a room in most western cities).
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    • Meihoukai
      June 10 2016

      Ha so true — now that I’m back in the US I’m marveling at what luxury we roll around in Thailand for the price of peanuts here.

  • Dominique
    June 10 2016

    Beautiful! What’s up with those gorgeous rooftop swimming pools in Bangkok! I stayed in Sofitel Abu Dhabi which wasn’t really punishment either 🙂
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    • Meihoukai
      June 10 2016

      Um, that sounds amazing! I would love to see other branches of this gorgeous brand.

  • Looks swanky! I wish I’d stayed closer to Lumpini Park in Bangkok – if there’s a next time, I definitely will!
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    • Meihoukai
      June 10 2016

      The park is definitely an amazing pull here. I love walking around there on Sundays — feels like all of Bangkok is there enjoying the outdoors!

  • I am not sure what is more gorgeous…the view OR the actual hotel. It is amazing…but the Chocolate buffet? I’m in!
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    • Meihoukai
      June 13 2016

      Yeah, they pretty much had me sold with that 😉

  • Gino Kelleners
    June 23 2016

    What a very nice view you had! I visited Bangkok twice. The first time I stayed at Asoke Residence Sukhumvit and the second time at Lilac Relax-Residence. But your hotel looks really amazing! Wow, next time in Bangkok I will think about going to Sofitel So. But I love Thailand and especially the Jungles, if you like you can watch my adventure . I really loved it there! Do not be discouraged by the rain, it was rainy season. By the way: I really like your blog! Xoxo Gino

    • Meihoukai
      June 23 2016

      Thanks for the kind words Gino! And definitely check out Sofitel So if you come back 🙂

  • becky hutner
    June 25 2016

    Immediately tacking this onto my SE Asia hit list. Crazy gorgeous rooms, lavish breakfast buffet, CHOCOLATE buffet, gym with a view and rooftop lap pool? Damn.
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    • Meihoukai
      June 26 2016

      I know! I wish I’d known about it sooner!