Room Reaction: The rooms are designed with one of four themes, following the natural elements of wood, metal, earth and water. Our room was the metal room and while you might imagine it would be cold and sterile, it was quite comfy. The metal theme was carried through very well with textured walls, metal artwork, and brushed steel furniture.
We arrived at night after the turndown service, so we really didn't get the wow factor until we walked in the next day after housekeeping came. With clean lines and slate grey and white colors, our desire for a well designed room was satisfied. Coupled with a stunning view of the park, we couldn't ask for more.
Amenity Madness: This room was completely decked out. From a minibar stocked with local goodies with everything included in the room rate to a fully loaded television that featured Apple TV all of our in-room needs were met. The mini bar also came equipped with a creative menu for mixing the local fruit juices with alcohol (ordered from room service for a charge) to create special Thai concoctions. And when we've imbibed too much, the Illy espresso pod machine was a perfect perk-up.
The toiletries were nothing too special as they were in Sofitel So branded dispensers. Each room was fully equipped with gender-specific amenity kits filled with make-up sponges and cotton balls for ladies and cotton swabs and a razor for men.
Internet Connection: Hallelujah! There was seamless free WiFi through the hotel. Not one time did our devices disconnect because we were in the lobby or the room. Normal web-surfing and Google searching was at speed that suited us and didn't have us tapping our fingers.
Dining in: The in-house eats were fantastic at Red Oven, the open-planned kitchen set-up like an interactive marketplace. Choosing from Eastern and Thai delights or tucking into a homemade comfort food like mac and cheese, the menu would be hard to maintain an empty belly. Again, the view over the park and city created an urban escape.
Breakfast was included in our rate and was also hosted at the restaurant with all the delicious eats to ensure enough energy to explore the city. Each day we looked forward to the daily smoothie served up in a sealed jar like it was made by our grandmother.
Other Amenities: Mixo, the lobby bar, mixed up the best in creative cocktails and sexy surrounds. Each night at 6pm, a traditional candle-lighting ceremony becomes a performance of East meets West with a Sofitel/French influence in Thailand. We even enjoyed a special step behind the bar to have our own hand at keeping a bar; more on that later.
Location, Location, Location: As we said, the hotel looks over Lumphini Park, so a morning jog was a perfect distance; across the road. We could jump on one of the hotel's free bicycles for spin around the hood. Just over the opposite road was the Lumphini MRT station that connected us with any other point in the city.
What We Liked:
1. The room was one of the bigger rooms we stayed in. With the perfect amount of technology and comfort, we could have stayed there all day, alas, there was a city to explore. An eye for detail made us feel like checked-in to a hard-core design hotel, but with the familiarity of an international brand.
2. The warm Thai hospitality was a huge plus. We never felt like we were 'without' during our entire stay.
3. The hip energy of the hotel kept us feeling like we were in the 'it' place in Bangkok. With staff walking around in high-design fashion, it was like we walked into a runway show and we loved it.
What We Didn't Like: The only thing we really could point out was the confusion we had when walking into the street level lobby. Since the hotel is on a corner, it has two different entrances and two different 'reception desks'. Without understanding the official lobby is on the ninth floor, we were directed a few different places.
Bottom Line: Hands down, we loved this place. Our intrigue might get us in trouble on our next visit to Bangkok since we might have to check out the designs of the other three room types. For a So Comfy room (the middle range) the prices are pretty affordable at about $190 per night. At that price we might be able to sample the other themes.
[Photos: Rayme Gorniak/HotelChatter]