Combining the protected 1927 historic building with a new five-story addition behind it will create enough space for 118 rooms and 16 suites, ranging from entry-level So Cozy to So VIP suites. If the construction were happening anywhere else, we’d have some serious reservations about a November opening, but Singapore is known for conjuring up entire skyscrapers in a matter of months, so we’ll give it the benefit of the doubt for now.
We like what we see on the first room renderings, with vibrant colors and modern design against the backdrop of classic wall paneling and a domed skylight. Other good news includes free WiFi, a complimentary minibar, and integrated DirectStreams in-room technology with complimentary iPad minis (a first for Singapore).
The exact details of Monsieur Lagerfeld’s work – perhaps as to be expected – are still kept under wraps, but the hotel’s emblem, as well as various other in-room features, will be by his hand. In fact, we heard talk all around town that Lagerfeld was due in Singapore the day we were leaving, confirmed by Instagramming companion Sebastien Jondeau.
Like Sofitel So Bangkok, the UK firm Gorgeous Group is behind the F&B outlets, which include a lobby lounge, the Golden Oven restaurant, and a rooftop destination bar. Going hungry will not be possible regardless of the hotel’s offerings, with Lau Pa Sat – one of Singapore’s famous food markets – right across the street.
A stand out feature on the first exterior renderings is the HI SO rooftop pool, which will feature gold leaf tiling. A So Fit fitness centre will have all you need to maintain your workout while on the road. Reservations are not open yet, but rates will start at about S$350 (US$280) for a So Cozy Room, excluding tax.
Current locations to sample Sofitel So are Mauritius and Bangkok – the latter with staff uniforms by Lacroix and bedrooms by theme, something we’ll have more for you on soon. New Sofitel So additions will include Mumbai, Rio de Janeiro, and Sydney, with other major destinations to follow.
[Photos: JasonD for HotelChatter, Renderings: Sofitel Hotels]