The 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.