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The 237-room 5-star hotel overlooking Lumpini Park has a boutique vibe, a perfect home-away-from-home for well-heeled art and design lovers.
I spent 2 nights in a luxurious suite at the hotel. My SO/ Bangkok review features info on the award-winning hotels accommodation options, spa wellness program, infinity pool, restaurants, bars and unique on-site amenities.
Book A Luxurious Holiday at SO/ Bangkok Hotel
SO/ Bangkok first opened in 2012 and commands a prime central location on the corner of North Sathorn and Rama IV roads, directly opposite the green expanse of Lumpini Park, the inner city’s green oasis.
The unique vantage point offers panoramic views of both the park and the city’s dramatic skyline. In the immediate vicinity of the hotel are the offices of major businesses and financial institutions, as well as the shopping and nightlife attractions of the Silom area.
A few steps away, the Saladaeng skytrain and Lumpini subway stations provide quick and easy access to the rest of Bangkok’s cultural and entertainment attractions, while Suvarnabhumi International Airport is just 25 km away.
SO/ Bangkok is distinguished as an urban design hotel with themed accommodation created around the Five Elements: Metal, Wood, Earth, Water and Fire. Inspired and innovative, it is a masterpiece of collaboration by Thailand’s top design firms and an award-winning architect.
A master of distinctive architectural designs across Thailand and around the world, Smith Obayawat fuses form with function, creating a structure of contemporary sophistication. The tower, with differing metallic shades and shifting glazed and solid panels, creates the sensual illusion of curves. A carefully engineered modern marvel plays hosts to the Five Elements.
SO/ Bangkok Hotel Activities
SO/ Bangkok Hotel offers 237 rooms and suites, which feature 3 metre high floor-to-ceiling windows offering a choice of skyscraper views or prospects of Lumpini Park and the city beyond.
Club Signature is the hotel’s exclusive lounge on the 25th floor inspired by fashion icon Monsieur Christian Lacroix. Access is available to guests staying in the hotel’s suites.
On the 10th floor SO/ FIT is a full-service fitness centre featuring TechnoGym equipment, fitness studio and aerobics room. The boutique fitness centre includes a changing room, shower, steam and sauna.
Also on the 10th floor, SO/ Bangkok’s 32 metre infinity pool offers panoramic views of the city. Nearby, The Water Club is a playful and chill venue serving tasty snacks and thirst quenching drinks.
Monthly SO Pool Parties are legendary in Bangkok, offering the ultimate chic get-together. Expect DJs spinning live tunes, cool vibes, jaw-dropping views, and boisterous times. From 1pm to 9pm at The Water Club on the last Saturday of every month.
SO/ SPA on the 11th floor is a luxurious centre of well-being themed as a mythological forest offering a wide-ranging selection of health & beauty treatments.
SO/ Bangkok features 6 distinct dining outlets, from mouthwatering chocolate lab to vibrant sushi eatery.
SO/ Bangkok Hotel Review Highlights
Bangkok is Southeast Asia’s most vibrant metropolis, a city that offers ancient temples and glimmering palaces contrasted with world class shopping malls and contemporary cuisine.
Much like New York City, Milan and Dubai, Bangkok is home to a plethora of luxury hotels, perfect for celebrating a honeymoon or gay holiday. Many of the world’s top luxury hotel brands have landmark properties in the Thai capital, eager to welcome you on your next splurge-worthy getaway.
Before booking your trip, here are a list of highlights that make the SO/ Bangkok Hotel stand out from the rest:
- The hotel features a variety of luxury accommodations, from chic guest rooms to jaw-dropping suites that have unique designs inspired by the 5 elements.
- Guests who stay in suites have access to Club Signature, a fashion forward lounge offering breakfast, all day snacks and refreshments and complimentary evening cocktails and buffet.
- Fitness lovers have access to a 24 hour gym at SO/ FIT featuring workout machines, free weights and classes like boxing, yoga and aerobics.
- Tan fans can keep cool on a hot day by relaxing at the infinity pool and bar.
- SO/ SPA is the perfect place to get pampered in Bangkok via soothing massage, facials or body wraps.
- The hotel is ideal for couples but also accommodates families with children as they offer kid-friendly dining.
- The property features 6 unique culinary concepts, including a rooftop bar, sushi joint and all-day-dining buffet concept.
SO/ Bangkok Hotel Accommodation
The most important question you have to ask yourself when reading a SO/ Bangkok Hotel review is, “what type of accommodation would I like to book for my holiday.”
All of the rooms and suites at the SO/ Bangkok feature Zafiro in-room entertainment solutions connected to a large LED TV screen with wireless keyboard and trackpad. Additional amenities include high speed wireless internet, large personal safety box, minibar, and complimentary tea and coffee facilities.
Rooms and suites are uniquely inspired by 4 of the natural elements, dreamed up by celebrated local interior designers. Guests can book a room based on their favourite aesthetic or overall mood.
- Metal Element: Known for his philosophical approach in creating spaces as reflections of their locale, Somchai Jongsaeng of Deca Atelier has made Metal element rooms simple and tranquil, immaculate spaces that are bright and welcoming through their different shades of white and sleek metallic details.
- Wood Element: Nithi Sthapitanonda, the award-winning founder of 49 Group, designed the Wood element rooms. Wood and light interact to create space as art – the signature adornment being a hand sketched old Siamese mural – while the overall effect is a sense of calmness in contrast to the bustling city outside.
- Earth Element: The Earth element rooms by Vitoon Kunalungkarn, of long-established IAW Design, are grounded in simplicity, in tune with Mother Nature, and decorated with Thai primeval wall paintings set against a ravishing blue that makes the rooms come alive.
- Water Element: Created by Pongthep Sagulku of August Design, a veteran firm known for its sleek, timeless designs, the Water element rooms feature an onyx bathtub next to the window and marble walls with a dark and mysterious tone that dims and stills the room to absorb the striking view of Bangkok from floor-to-ceiling windows.
If you’re splurging on a suite at SO/ Bangkok one of the best perks is access to the luxurious and fashion-forward Club Signature.
In conjunction with Pongthep Sagulku from August Design, Monsieur Christian Lacroix has contributed his artistic expertise to the Club Signature on the hotels 25th floor. Unique interplay of old Siam meets nineteenth century France, the centrepiece of this eclectically decorated space is the enormous surreal art piece that greets guests as they enter.
- Exclusive Check In & Concierge Service
- Complimentary Continental Breakfast
- All Day Refreshments & Snacks
- Afternoon Tea between 1:30pm-3:30pm
- Evening Cocktails
- Meeting Room Availability
- Late Check Out 4pm
- Complimentary Laundry or Dry Cleaning (2 garments per day per room)
- Complimentary Use of Hotel Bikes
- Complimentary In Room Private Bar and Snacks
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Inspired by the Asian folklore of the mythical Himmapan forest, SO/ Spa on the 11th floor is an urban wellness retreat where worldwide ancient traditions meet modern skin care systems.
The luxurious centre of well-being is themed as a mythological forest, offering a wide-ranging selection of health and beauty treatments in 7 well-appointed treatment rooms.
Each wellness journey begins with a natural aromatic welcome ritual, favouring mind-body relaxation, and combines innovative, rich in natural-origin and high-tech ingredients with bespoke application techniques and massages.
We suggest booking the spa’s signature 90-minute Serenity of the Five Elements, which is a soothing treatment using Metal, Wood, Earth, Water and Fire elements as well as a famous Thai folk treatment called Tok Sen to balance all five senses.
SO/ Bangkok Restaurants
No SO/ Bangkok Hotel review is complete until you’ve had an opportunity to wag your finger down each of the hotel’s marvellous menus.
The luxury hotel in Bangkok offers guests 6 restaurants, from casual all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet to a fun sushi bar.
Each morning guests at SO/ Bangkok Hotel gather at Red Oven to indulge in an all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet.
This playful market-style all-day dining concept on 7th floor features a wide array of cuisines with a contemporary twist. You’ll find friendly live cooking stations, a signature “Red Oven” stove, and three distinct styles of seating.
Red Oven is the place to be for dinner Sunday through Thursday as its hosts a popular World Buffet & Robata Grill. Stroll through the market to pluck pretty morsels from a sushi station, robatayaki grill, fresh pasta corner, chilled fresh seafood on ice, noodle, station, oyster bar, pizza buffet and salad bar.
The hotel’s cutting-edge robatayaki and sushi bar is also located on the 7th floor.
Originally founded in 2013 as part of Red Oven, Soshi is now a standalone raw counter and charcoal grill. Led by Chef Sornnarin, the celebrated Japanese chef brings a contemporary twist to the classical Asian culinary art.
By sourcing premium ingredients such as sublime seafood, prime beef and organic rice, every dish bursts with flavour and freshness.
Diners can select from an à la carte menu or all-you-can-eat buffet featuring hand-cut sushi, sashimi and maki, charcoal-grilled meats and seafood. Savour signature dishes such as unagi avocado rolls, sake ikura chirashi don, and wagyu niku yaki don.
Located on the 9th floor, MIXO is SO/ Bangkok’s hotspot for impressive molecular cocktails.
The hotel’s chic social lounge and bar offers sweeping views of Lumpini Park, best enjoyed over high tea, a late afternoon snack or a later nightcap.
SO/ Bangkok High Tea is elegantly served out of dainty porcelain teacups, paired with French lemon tarts, crème brûlée, jewel-like chocolates and raspberry caviar, light and airy macaroons. The decadent Fashion Tea features tiny sweet and savoury bites served on a golden ferris wheel.
Every first Friday of the month, MIXO hosts a fromage-friendly Cheese at SO/ night. Enjoy two hours of free-flow wine and cheese buffet alongside charcuterie, fresh breads, crackers, dips, and live DJ. Also served up are pizzas and roasted and boiled potatoes ready to be drenched with melted raclette cheese.
Hi-So is located on the hotel’s 29th floor, an open-air terrace and rooftop bar perfect for sipping cocktails under the twinkle of the night sky.
Ranked as one of Bangkok’s best skybars, Hi-So is the place to party late into the night when on holiday. Locals love to book the space for intimate weddings, bachelor and bachelorette parties and intimate family celebrations like birthdays.
If late night hunger pains hit, crafted cocktails are best paired with nibbles on the menu like pizza, burgers, and Thai finger foods.
The Cassette Sky Bar
Skip up the stairs one level up from Hi-So and you’ll find an enchanting rooftop awash in Barbie pink cabanas called Cassette Sky Bar.
Tiki torches illuminate the outdoor terrace and Mexican resort-style palm fronds give the venue a casual and carefree vibe.
Inside, Bangkok’s live music lovers gather to dance and clap along to local Thai bands that jam on electric guitars and croon until the wee hours of the morning.
Chocolab is located in the hotel’s lower lobby, a dedicated chocolate delicatessen with an open kitchen where a variety of cocoa creations are made and displayed. The unique workshop does its magic behind glass windows for all to watch and drool over, using premium French Bonnat chocolate.
In Chocolab’s spacious confectionary sweet lovers can book a 90 minute chocolate-making class. The cafe hosts one of the hotel’s beloved afternoon tea programs, dubbed Hi-Tea, each service comes with a glass of Belgium chocolate frappe, brewed coffee or tea.
Highlights from the Chocolab Cafe menu include ice cream lollipops, dripping chocolate cake, gourmet sandwiches, milkshakes, floats and coffees.
The chocolate shop is located directly across from KOF, the hotel’s lobby level espresso bar.
The Water Club
Ranked as one of Bangkok’s best pool bars, The Water Club at SO/Bangkok is next to the hotel’s 32 metre infinity pool.
The rooftop Water Club offers a classic pool bar menu of sandwiches, pizza, pasta, burgers and tasty Thai dishes. Settle on the pool terrace, or grab a sun lounger on the adjacent Oasis Lawn.
On the last Saturday of every month, the Bangkok party scene reaches new heights at the wildly popular SO Pool Party. The 8 hour pool party features live DJs, thirst-quenching cocktails and finger foods.
Fun Things To Do In Bangkok
While it’s easy to relax in the lap of luxury at your luxurious hotel pool or spa we suggest booking fun tours to experience all that Bangkok has to offer!
No trip to Bangkok is complete until you’ve visited the Grand Palace and many of the city’s golden glimmering temples. Many local tour operators offer fun tours for those who want to experience the city by tuk tuk, bicycle, riverboat or on foot.
Book one of these private or group tours to enjoy an authentic Thai experience that is sure to make your Bangkok getaway unforgettable.
- Private Bangkok Airport Transfer: arrive to Bangkok with ease by booking a private airport transfer in advance.
- Private 8 Hour “Best Of Bangkok In A Day”: first time visitors to Bangkok will love this full day private city tour featuring all of the city’s top attractions.
- Bangkok Hop On Hop Off Bus Tour: enjoy sightseeing in the Thai capital at your own pace with a hop-on hop-off bus pass good on the Elephant GoGo Double Decker Bus. With 15 stops, you can explore many of the city’s top attractions.
- Calypso Ladyboy Cabaret Show: enjoy a night of dazzling entertainment at one of Bangkok’s most famous Ladyboy shows.
- Bangkok At Night: Temples, Markets and Food By Tuk-Tuk: on this 4 hour tour enjoy the magical of Bangkok at night via tuk tuk. Stops include temples, flower market, street food snacks and dinner at a local restaurant.
- Bangkok Walking Food Tour: join a fun small group walking tour to explore Bangkok’s famous street food scene. Sample dishes like pork with sticky rice and papaya salad.
- Manohra Luxury Dinner River Cruise: hop on a classy dinner cruise on a restored antique rice barge. Admire views of Bangkok’s twinkling skyline while enjoying a 4-course meal.
- Bangkok Jungle Bike Tour: fitness fans will love this 4 hour bike tour exploring Bangkok’s most beautiful natural spaces. Includes a delicious Thai lunch.
- Half Day Tour Royal Grand Palace & Bangkok Temples: this 5 hour private tour visits Bangkok’s most famous attractions: Grand Palace, Wat Pho, and Wat Traimit
- Food Market Tour + Thai Cooking Class: master the basics of Thai cuisine on this tasty tour, featuring a guided market visit followed by a cooking class with a professional chef in Bangkok.
- Muay Thai Show at Rajadamnern Stadium: sports enthusiasts shouldn’t leave Thailand without watching a Muay Thai Thai Kickboxing match.
- Railway Market, Floating Market & Salt Farm Tour: this popular 7 hour tour takes out outside of Bangkok to visit the famous Damnoen Saduak Floating Market and Railway Market. Includes a boat ride.
- Full Day Ayutthaya Historical Park Small Group Tour: this 9 hour day group tour visits the UNESCO Ayutthaya Historical Park located north of Bangkok.
- Pattaya and Coral Island Tour: this 13 hour group tour visits Pattaya and nearby Coral Island where you can swim and snorkel.
- River Kwai Full Day Tour: this 11 hour group tour includes a visit to the infamous bridge on the River Kwai, built by Allied prisoners of war (POW) during World War II. It includes a visit to a war cemetery, Japanese POW camp and buffet lunch.
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