Sofitel So Singapore
35 Robinson Rd., Singapore 068876
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SO Sofitel SingaporeOpened in 2014 as the third outpost of the French hotel company Accor’s SO brand (the first two were in Bangkok and Mauritius), this boutique spot brought a bit of glam and poked 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 (he was responsible for the library, front-house staff uniform, and hotel emblem). The SO doesn't take itself too seriously, displaying a kind of Ian Schrager-meets-Philippe Starck postmodern whimsy and flair: think chairs with antlers protruding from the top, curvy couches in bright shades, and 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 via 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 1927 bar borders a criminally underused, gold-tiled pool, while the vibrant Xperience Restaurant serves an all-day menu of modern European and Asian-accented fare, plus a popular Afternoon Tea.