Staycation deals are in abundance now to maximise the domestic tourism dollar. It’s the best time for us locals to capitalise on these deals and get to experience local hotels!
Sofitel City Centre is under the Accor umbrella of hotels and has all the makings of a great French-inspired hotel. Five-star hotels in Singapore usually have a corresponding price point, making them inaccessible to the average person.
However, Sofitel City Centre is one of the exceptions, giving you a great bang for your buck. With the use of the SingaporeRediscover vouchers, you can save even more!
Sofitel City Centre Booking Experience
To be able to utilize your SingaporeRediscover vouchers, you need to book the hotels using selected third-party websites such as Klook Otherwise, websites like Agoda.com do offer great prices as well. My booking experience on Klook was seamless. I selected the base room, named the Luxury Room at a rate of S$299 per night – inclusive of breakfast at the in-house restaurant and lounge access. Once my order had been placed on Klook, Sofitel City Centre was quick in confirming my reservation and asking for any requests. We were also provided with a QR code to book time slots for the pool, gym and club lounge.
A couple of days before my stay, I received an email from Sofitel City Centre giving me the option of a room upgrade. For a special price of S$112++, I would be able to upgrade to the Prestige Suite. However, the caveat is this upgrade is that I would only find out if there is availability upon check-in. Given that the Prestige Suite costs about S$600++ per night on normal days, this upgrade seemed like a steal.
Check-In and First Impressions
One thing that stood out is all the social distancing measures put in place. Sofitel City Centre is SGClean certified, and it’s clear that they take the certification seriously. Cute bears (named Ambassadors) are positioned around the hotel instead of unsightly tape. Such a clever idea.
Sofitel City Centre Prestige Suite
Luxurious Living Perfect for Couples
The suite is simply mind-blowing ! The entrance features a guest toilet and opens up to a spacious living area complete with a 4-seater dining table, comfortable couch and a gorgeous workstation. The automated day and night curtains open up to an unobstructed city view of the Chinatown area.
En Suite Master Bedroom
The master bedroom and en-suite toilet are equally spacious and luxurious. The en-suite has His and Hers sinks and separate shower (with rainshower!) and toilet cubicles. The highlight of the toilet is of course the signature 4-point marble bathtub. Every part of the toilet screams luxury – from the Hermes toiletries to the mini TV embedded within the mirror.
The bedroom features a king-sized bed which is a trademarked Sofitel MyBed. I’ve never come across a hotel with a patented bed! It was comfortable and came with abundant pillow choices to make for a good night’s sleep. I have read previous reviews that the pillows were too soft but did not encounter this problem myself.
Facilities at Sofitel City Centre
As per COVID-19 restrictions, guests have to make prior reservations to utilize the swimming pool and gym. Normally, the Prestige Suite would have come with free access to the Virgin Active gym next door. Sadly, this was temporarily suspended. Otherwise, it would be a pretty good deal for fitness junkies!
The Swimming Pool
Reserving slots for the swimming pool was a breeze. The hotel provided us with a link a few days prior to check-in and we secured our desired slot. Each time slot is 1.5 hours long, which is plenty. The swimming pool was fairly unoccupied (we went on a weekday). But as with any outdoor swimming pool, it was freezing! While the view from the pool was pretty spectacular, we wished for more waterproof sunbeds as they were all still wet from the rain.
Time For Cocktail!
Cocktail hour at the club room is from 5pm to 6pm daily. The club room was comfortable and the staff were attentive. Although the food was nothing extraordinary, every single portion was tasty. The highlight of the cocktail hour was a chef’s special which was chicken in mustard cream sauce. Free flow alcoholic beverages are also available – perfect to whet your appetite before dinner.
Breakfast At Sofitel City Centre
Breakfast was served in the main restaurant, Racines, located on the 5th floor. It was an a la carte buffet style. The choices were quite decent – the usual continental breakfast items were all present. There were also healthy options such as acai and yoghurt, which we appreciated. Unfortunately, the website on which we placed our orders on was not fully functional, and adding certain items would cause a lag. Nonetheless, this did not put a damper on our breakfast and we enjoyed the spread.