Sofitel So Singapore
35 Robinson Rd, Singapore 068876
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SO Sofitel SingaporeThe newest outpost of the French hotel company SO brand (the other two are in Bangkok and Mauritius), the SO Sofitel Singapore opened at the end of May 2014, adding a bit of glam and poking a bit of fun at this staid part of the city. Set in the heart of the financial district, in a neoclassical limestone heritage building that once housed advertising giants Ogilvy & Mather, the 134-room property counts Karl Lagerfeld among its designers (responsible for the library, front-house staff uniform, and hotel emblem). The Sofitel So doesn't take itself too seriously, displaying a kind of Ian Schrager-meets-Philippe Starck postmodern whimsy and flair: chairs with antlers protruding from the top, curvy couches in bright shades, blingy, crystal-beaded light fixtures. Rooms meld France and Singapore, the former via high ceilings, crown moldings, and small statues of the Eiffel Tower; the latter using a country map on a mirrored table, or a coffee-table book of Lion City history. Controls—lighting, heating, curtains—are adjusted via the in-room iPad. The rooftop's pleasant, breezy bar borders the criminally underused, gold-tiled pool.