Sofitel Singapore City Centre is one of the newest 5 star hotels in Singapore and has all the latest tech plus a few whimsical surprises. We loved the European elegance and styling of this hotel and that some of Singapore’s best dining was available just a few 100 metres down the road at Chinatown. Sofitel Singapore City Centre is also conveniently located next to the Tanjong Pagar MRT which makes getting around Singapore and transiting from the airport or to nearby cruise terminal a breeze. In fact, Sofitel Singapore City Centre is the perfect Singapore hotel for cruise passengers. It is only a five minute taxi trip from the hotel to the Marina Bay cruise terminal. If you walk to the end of the pool deck, you can see your cruise ship in the distance which adds to the excitement of getting onboard. Some taxi drivers won’t know where the hotel is located and/or could have trouble finding the entrance, possibly because the hotel is still so new. Our driver had to phone the hotel for directions but he eventually worked it out. If your taxi driver gets lost or seems unsure where to go, say you want to go to the Tanjong Pagar MRT station as the hotel is right next door. Sofitel Singapore City Centre entrance First impressions of the hotel were both good and bad. Once we arrived we were greeted by the hotel concierge on the ground floor (which has a stunning modern nine-metre chandelier) and directed to reception on level 5. However, there was no one on duty at the check-in desk. It was 5.30am so maybe that’s why but it was a contrast to the warm and efficient welcome we received downstairs. We took a look around the lobby and admired the gorgeous flower arrangement for a few minutes until someone appeared at reception. Chandelier art installation on the ground floor The contemporary lobby is plush and houses 1864, the hotel’s lobby bar which serves barrel-aged cocktails, martinis and hand-crafted tapas, and Coffea which is a first-of-its kind takeaway station serving Nespresso Grand Cru coffees, gourmet sandwiches and pastries. In-house restaurant Racines is also on the lobby level and offers an excellent buffet breakfast. In the evening Racines serves French classics and a sophisticated take on the local Chinese cuisine although prices are steep compared to the other dining options available nearby. Flower arrangement near reception 1864 lobby bar Sofitel Singapore City Centre rooms are predominately aimed at business travellers with fast internet, a good work desk, lots of spots for charging devices and amazingly comfortable king beds. However, there is also plenty for leisure travellers to enjoy. All rooms and suites have a modern stylish fit out with a botanical motif that is designed to reflect the Singaporean garden state. Rooms are large for a city hotel at 38 square meters and have a generous bathroom with a large soaking tub, separate rain shower and divine Lanvin toiletries. In-room refreshment options included a pretty tea pot with a collection of TWG teas, Nespresso coffee machine and complimentary non-alcoholic mini bar for club and suite guests (although the contents of our mini-bar was rather eclectic with drinks such as coconut water, aloe vera juice, a packet of olives and not much else). Relaxation options include watching the (huge) TV or using the in-room adult colouring book depicting scenes around Singapore. Guests are invited to colour one or more pages then leave the book for the next guest to continue colouring from where the previous person left off. Our room highlight was the complimentary smartphone with free data and local and international calls to 10 countries which can be taken outside the hotel and used in and around the city. With no Singapore roaming plan on our phones, this was handy for online maps and finding popular tourist sites when we were out and about. Luxury Premium Room As lovely as the rooms are, if you are staying in executive club accommodation, you probably won’t be spending much time there thanks to the hotel’s chic club lounge, Club Millésime. This inviting space is located on level 6 and serves daily breakfast, afternoon tea, and evening drinks with an assortment of canapes. Anyone familiar with the price of wine in Singapore will find the evening drinks offering especially attractive as the predominantly European selection is excellent. Club Millésime is fitted with enomatic wine dispensers for self-service but staff also offer refills delivered to your table. Complimentary eats are also generous and could easily stretch to a light dinner for business travellers who have dined with colleagues for lunch. Evening canape buffet (staff also circulate with hot selections) Afternoon tea is served daily but only featured traditional Asian sweets during our stay. However, after enquiring if there were any cakes available as part of the afternoon tea, the staff said no but then surprised us with some pastry treats from Racines. We were impressed by their proactive service (and the chocolate cake which was delicious). Other hotel facilities on level 6 include a stunning pool area consisting of a wading pool for children, large jacuzzi pool and lap pool. An exclusive outdoor seating area overlooking the pool is available for Club Millésime guests. Also located on this level is the hotel gym with complimentary access to a nearby Virgin Active gym available on a complimentary basis for Club Millésime guests. The hotel gym is well equipped but for those who enjoy group fitness classes, the option to visit Virgin Active is a major bonus. Private seating area for Club Millesime guests Complimentary sunscreen, after sun lotion and bags for wet swimmers Club Millésime guests can either eat breakfast in the club lounge or downstairs at Racines. While the club lounge breakfast is lovely, the offering at Racines is exceptional with a generous western and Asian selection including made to order eggs and omelettes, pastries, fresh squeezed juices and espresso-style coffee and tea. Service during breakfast was outstanding with waiters (and even the chef) walking the floor to enquire about food choices and whether there was anything else guests needed. Hats off to the chef who made ‘special banana French toast’ for my husband, despite the fact French toast wasn’t on the menu at the egg station. Friendly welcome at Racines Racines at Sofitel Singapore City Centre We really enjoyed our stay at Sofitel Singapore City Centre and found it easy to overlook the odd misstep as the hotel was less than a month old when we visited. By the time you read this, everything should be absolutely spot on thanks to the dedicated and eager-to-please staff. Disclosure: The writer stayed as a guest of Sofitel Singapore City Centre. She loved the hotel and its proximity to the Marina Bay cruise terminal and would not hesitate to stay here again.