Fortuitously Accor was running a 40% offer, including the recently opened So Sofitel, located directly next door to the Lau Pa Sat hawker food centre, and an easy 10 minute walk to my work’s office near the Raffles Quay MRT.
With a complimentary upgrade to the next room category part of the benefits but no rooms available in this next category I received a double upgrade to the “So Studio” room, a room that retails for the ridiculous price of north of $500. Happy days!
Whilst these turned up within a few minutes, I had forgotten that many shops in Singapore don’t refrigerate their drinks and hence I had to also order an ice bucket from a different department of the hotel. #servicefail1
A quick description of the bag and I was finally sorted!
Unfortunately the breakfast buffet spread didn’t inspire. With only 134 rooms perhaps the size of the buffet/ dining area reflected the size of the hotel but i was disappointed with the selection, much of which looked like it had been laid out at start of service and left to sit since.
If a western style breakfast isn’t a necessity for you, I’d highly recommend heading across the road to Lau Pa Sat and grabbing some Asian style breakfast – you’d definitely be able to pick up a great feed for < S$5-10.
Interestingly the bar staff were very busy getting set up for the night, and ropes had been set up in the reception elevators for people to visit the bar. I’m not sure whether this will die down once the hotel is no longer the new ‘hip’ place to be seen, but there were bar hosts again on the saturday afternoon of check out.
I’m not sure about this hotel. I received an awesome room (thanks upgrade gods) and the location was fantastic for a business trip, however there is no club lounge (to be fair I did know this prior to booking) the service was pretty poor and the breakfast was ordinary.
If on an Accor sale I’d stay here again, but otherwise I’d probably look to try out some of the other hotels in Singapore.