SOFITEL SINGAPORE CITY CENTRE
Sofitel is having a very busy month, debuting in Sydney’s Darling Harbour and opening Sofitel Singapore City Centre, in the heart of Tanjong Pagar. The hotel officially opened its doors on Monday, with elegant, Frenchinspired interiors threaded through with botanical motifs. including designer staff uniforms with floral prints and a dramatic, 9m-long lobby chandelier of glass leaves that appear to twirl in the breeze.
Light bathes the 223 pastel-hued guestrooms and suites through floor-toceiling windows. Custom furniture, a signature Sofitel MyBed, coffee machine and marble bathrooms complete with tubs and separate rain showers come alongside hi-tech know- how, including a Handy Phone providing free calls, Wi-Fi on the go and a minibar serviced by Sophie the “droid butler”. There are also meeting rooms, a gym and 30m outdoor lap pool fringed by greenery on the sixth floor.
Sofitel Singapore City Centre is the 13th property for French group Accor in the Lion City and its 800th in the Asia-Pacific region.
DON’T MISS: Try a Sofitini in the 1864 lobby bar, or see champagne sabrage in action. High tea and tapas are available during the day.
DINING IN: Hailing from the Loire Valley and cutting his teeth at the Michelin-starred restaurants of Paris, award-winning executive chef Jean-Charles Dubois oversees the signature restaurant Racines, serving French classics alongside Chinese dishes prepared by two teams of chefs. Adrian Chan heads the French brigade while Andrew Ong helms the Chinese kitchen team. From a bistro-style menu, order the likes of frog’s legs with pink garlic and wild mushroom sauce, or black pepper crab plus Australian abalone with sea urchin sauce alongside Nonya style stir-fried calamari. The restaurant has panoramic urban views and its own herb garden and beehives.
DINING OUT: Nearby you’ll find Two Men Bagel House, Ramen Keisuke Tori King, Hamburg Steak Keisuke and a collection of Korean eateries, including Guiga Korean BBQ Restaurant and Soju Bang.
ASK THE CONCIERGE: Gavin De Mornay has a tip for those vising this month: Singapore’s Indian community celebrates the Diwali festival of lights on October 18. Join the fun in Little India.
CHECKING IN: From $S350 ($329) plus taxes. More: sofitel-singapore-citycentre.com.
ALSO TRY: Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour; The St. Regis Kuala Lumpur; Raffles Jakarta.