The location is perfect, right by Rittenhouse Square, close to Logan Square, an easy walk to historic downtown. The hotel itself isn't prepossessing, the "art " on the hallways is ridiculous, but the bedrrom we had was large, comfortable, with the most luxurious beds I've slept in since my last stay at a Sofitel (in London's Heathrow Airport). Mattresses, pads, pillows - a feeling of sinking into clouds. The bathroom is again very spacious; the terry robes (one for each) are luxury itself.
However - the downstairs lounge/bar/restaurant is characterless and dismal, while the charming brasserie Chez Colette, for no fathonable reason, is used only for breakfast. And breakfast is pricey! At check-in you are told that there is "complimentary coffee" in the morning, and in a mean-spirited way, this is exactly what is "complimentary": a single cup of coffee (or hot water and tea bag). A croissant is $2. Breakfast is a fixed price, $20. or $22. depending on the day. In similar spirit, the small sample bottle of body lotion in the bathroom had to last the 3 days we were there.
Such miserliness has no place in what should be a luxury hotel. The clerk greets you with "Bonjour," though if you return the greeting in French, you are met with a stare. This hotel needs only a few tweaks here and there to become upscale - and I wish it would.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Sofitel Philadelphia hotel blends French elegance with American style, providing a refined environment for upscale business and leisure travel. Experience this sophisticated downtown Philadelphia hotel, which serves as the cornerstone of the new French Quarter, steps from Rittenhouse Square. Offering the height of contemporary comfort and convenience, this downtown Philadelphia Pennsylvania hotel provides the ideal setting, just minutes from the convention center and historical attractions. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
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- Accor Philadelphia Hotel
- Philadelphia Sofitel
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