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Sofitel Singapore City Centre is located in the heart of Chinatown next to the Tanjong Pagar MRT which makes getting around Singapore and travelling from the airport or to the nearby cruise terminal a breeze. We arrived at the hotel after a 15 hour flight from Europe and took the lift to Level 5 and the plush main lobby of the hotel where most of the hotel facilities are located.

Level 1 arrival lobby

One thing that initially surprised us was the huge stuffed bees (a nod to the brand’s French heritage) and teddies hanging out in the lobby. We initially thought they were part of a promotion but discovered the toys were originally placed on the couches as a COVID social distancing measure to stop people sitting too close together. They proved to be such a hit with guests that Sofitel has kept them ‘on staff’.

1864 lobby bar

Sofitel Singapore City Centre rooms have fast internet, a good work desk, lots of spots for charging devices and amazingly comfortable king beds. 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 and separate rain shower. In-room refreshment options included a collection of TWG teas, a Nespresso coffee machine and a separate filtered water tap in the bathroom instead of plastic bottles of water which was great to see.

Sofitel Singapore Luxury Room
Luxury room bathroom

For those lucky enough to be staying in a club room like we were, Club Millésime is located on level 5 and serves daily breakfast, afternoon tea, and evening drinks with an impressive array of eats. The lounge’s pared back design looks rather corporate but the warmth of the staff and their excellent service made coming here a special experience.

Afternoon tea is served daily and presented on an individual tray. Anyone familiar with the price of wine in Singapore will find the evening drinks offering especially attractive as the predominantly European selection is excellent. Complimentary eats in the evening are generous and could easily stretch to a light dinner for those who don’t fancy to dining out (although you would be crazy not to given you’re right in the heart of Chinatown, one of Singapore’s most famous and best dining areas!).

Sofitel Singapore City Centre Club Lounge on Level 5
Afternoon tea at the club lounge
Club lounge food

Other hotel facilities include an extensive pool deck consisting of a wading pool for children, large jacuzzi pool and lap pool. 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 the option to visit Virgin Active is still a bonus, especially if you love group fitness classes.

Pool deck

Club Millésime guests have breakfast at Racines included in their rate. The buffet offering was excellent with a generous western and Asian selection including espresso-style coffee at no extra cost. Service during breakfast was outstanding with waiters enquiring about food choices and whether there was anything else guests needed.


We really enjoyed our stay at the Sofitel Singapore City Centre and would not hesitate to stay at this hotel again. The location was superb, the staff were charming and the pool deck was one of the best in Singapore. Whether you’re looking for a luxury stopover staycation on your way to or from Europe or want the perfect base for exploring Singapore, you can’t go wrong with this hotel.

Disclosure: The writers stayed as guests of Sofitel Singapore City Centre.

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Dr Tiana Templeman is an award-winning food and travel journalist, travel author and media industry academic. She is the creator of The Travel Temple, writes for Australian and international media outlets and appears on radio talking about where to go, what to see and travel industry trends.