Sofitel So, Singapore review: Singapore's new fling

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Singapore's CBD has a new fashionable player with the opening of the Sofitel So. Housed in a 1927 heritage former telecommunications building on Robinson Road, the So's golden-tiled rooftop pool has views across the city.

Inside, the Karl Lagerfeld-commissioned Lion's Seal emblem can be spotted in the bar, bathrooms and door knockers, and front-of-house staff are dressed by the designer.

Rooms in So's Hip and Heritage wings have been designed as "light boxes" and are inspired by 19th- century French decadence.

A booking at one of the nine suites with columned balconies includes transfer from the airport, a daily champagne breakfast and 2pm check-out.

Much more this century, the hotel says it has the world's first Apple-based technology, with iPad minis to control all room functions and iPhones to phone for room service. In the hotel's Xperience restaurant guests can customise their meal according to crunchy, juicy, smoky, creamy, silky or spicy tastes. At night, the rooftop pool becomes a place for food and drinks in cabanas under the stars listening to DJ beats.

It's close to Raffles Place, public transport, Chinatown, Lau Pa Sat and Marina Bay.

Rooms from $509 a night twin share. See sofitel.com.