The Sofitel Bangkok Sukhumvit Hotel is situated in the magnifique city of Bangkok right on the lively Sukhumvit road next to the Terminal 21 shoppping centre with its BTS station. It offers a French inspired cultural experience with a fusion mix in where France meets Asia.

The month of December is a fabulous time to visit Bangkok a city where you can combine festive shopping, spa treatments and eating experiences. When I entered the Sofitel I was greeted by a very unique massive Christmas tree. Through out Bangkok the Christmas Ambiance and decorations are one of the best I have seen in the Asia. The hotels also capture the festive season in their own unique way.

The reception is a large open space with plenty of seating options and locations to chill. Check in was swift and professional and came with the complimentary welcome drink.

Wine Bar

Also on the ground floor is the recently opened wine bar and shop. It reminded me of wine tasting setting back in France. The idea is that any guests can sample wines from varies locations around the globe, with every week a different location. Today I was conveniently tasting 5 different wines from France. There sommelier or wine steward had a fabulous knowledge of the wines being served and for those that need to learn the basic art from of drinking the wines, this is a perfect location to do so. I liked that I could also purchase the wine and either take it to the L ‘appart restaurant at no corkage cost or to my room. For those residing here in Bangkok, you could also take it to your flat. This service is not very common in Bangkok and is a new lifestyle trend for 2018. Wines vary in price and I thought considering where I am sitting, they prices were competitive (starting at €20-25) and the choices were good.

Luxury Room

My hotel room class was the Luxury Room which had designer carpets inspired by Thailand’s rich flora and fauna. The room overlooked the Sukhumvit road and I liked how there was a chaise longe near the window. This was a fabulous way to capture the city both day and night especially with a wine purchased from the in-house wine bar. The bed was massive and very cosy, there were lots of pillows and nice fresh linen for a comfortable sleep. The dedicated working desk was great to work on, I liked how you could roll it away and have more room space as well.

I love the welcome platter.

Bathroom

The bathroom had a dedicated shower, separate toilet and bath. It was a very big bathroom and I am a big fan where there is a clear glass and I am able to look out to the rest of the room while I am having a bath with the  L’Occitane products supplied by the hotel.

Breakfast

Breakfast was of a high standard here at Sofitel and the choices of both French and Asian cuisines were endless. The presentation was excellent, and what stood out for me was the fruit juice machine. The options in where I could create my own personal juice was a fun experience. The bagel section was colourful and the meat section with fabulous pork with wine juice was wonderful to start the day.

Hidden at the other side of the buffet bar was the Fromagerie, the dedicated cheese bar. This climate controlled room displayed various cheeses from around the world in a beautiful way. This was the first one I have seen in my life. Overall I can say that the breakfast buffet was one of the best breakfast experiences I have had in Asia in 2017.

La Fromagerie

Swimming Pool

I am a big fan of rooftop swimming pools and on this occasion the views from the 9th floor over the city of Bangkok were great. The hotel has done a great job in creating an area of tranquility which is hard in a noisy city like Bangkok. The lounges were very comfortable and the pool was great to do some laps. I loved the area where I could sit down and have a water massage overlooking the pool area and the city. The same floor also has a Spa treatment area where L’Occitane products are used. I must say I liked the smell of walking past the Spa on my way to and from the swimming pool, it was very inviting.

Conclusion

This is a lovely hotel, with a high standard of service and plenty of French cuisine options. I could also see many locals and outside guests entering, as the hotel caters for both inside and outside guests and the overall feel good factor here is delightful. The pool area is tranquil, the hotel rooms are plush, the breakfast is fantastic, the wine bar is great, and to top it off the hotel has also one of the best rooftop bars and restaurants in Bangkok in L’Appart. More of that in a separate review. Combine this with an unbeatable location next to Terminal 21 shopping centre and plenty of transport options, and this hotel should be on top of your list for staying in Bangkok.

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