Sofitel Singapore City Centre opensBy Lauren Arena
03 Oct 2017
After a series of delays, the hotly anticipated Sofitel Singapore City Centre opened its doors this week (Monday 02 October), marking AccorHotels’ 800th hotel in Asia Pacific.
Located in Tanjong Pagar, the 223-room luxury hotel is designed to reflect Singapore’s rich cultural heritage, together with the brand’s French origins.
AccorHotels Asia Pacific Chairman and CEO, Michael Issenberg, says the iconic opening comes as the group looks to strengthen its luxury credentials.
“The unveiling of Sofitel Singapore City Centre marks an important milestone for AccorHotels as we continue to strengthen our presence in the region,” he says.
The 20-storey hotel is out to impress, with a shimmering nine-metre chandelier made of 700 hand-blown glass crystals hanging in the lobby. Custom-made furniture and art, floral uniforms and a complimentary minibar add to the pizzazz—not to mention Lanvin and Hermes bathroom amenities.
Each room is carefully tendered by the hotel’s droid butler, Sophie, who is professionally 'dressed' in a custom-designed Sofitel ‘uniform’ and is capable of navigating between floors to provide efficient service to guests.
Sophie's primary function is to deliver chargeable minibar items to guests in their rooms, but she is also programmed to call the lifts using a special Wi-Fi sensor and provide additional tech savvy to the hotel. She will be called to action later this month.
Beyond the minibar, French and Chinese cuisines are on offer across four open kitchens, while the bar offers barrel-aged cocktails and Champagne sabering.
As well as a spa, gym, infinity pool and club lounge, the luxury hotel also makes room for corporate guests, with 1,860 sqm of meeting spaces across 10 venues, including the 600-sqm Wallich Ballroom, named after Nathaniel Wallich, the founding father of the Singapore Botanical Gardens.
Additional event spaces include the Pool Terrace and Club Terrace. The poolside lawn area can host up to 100 guests for cocktails.