This was my first stay at the Sofitel Philadelphia, having previously stayed in two other business hotels on previous visits to the city. Welcoming and friendly staff, who can't do enough for you and are completely genuine in their warmth. Reception staff lovely. Marcia on Concierge - most helpful kind concierge in living memory. Room (junior suite) spacious and comfy. There is a reception area with wardrobe and dressing table, large bathroom (separate walk in shower, and bath with detachable shower head), walled-off w.c. in bathroom. Small "lounge" area with comfy sofa/chair, and then finally the bedroom - all "rooms" within the suite have modern European style frosted glass doors, which can stay open unobtrusively. Very suitable for couples and/or travelling with a partner on business trip. Super expresso type coffee maker. Bed EXTREMELY comfortable - gorgeous, in fact. The main thing for me, is that it is extremely quiet, despite ths hotel being centrally located. You do not hear a thing apart from plumbing/water pipe noises(!) no door slamming, no noise of excited children running up and down the corridors (there is modern style carpeting everywhere), no room service staff clattering huge trolleys or security staff talking loudly into walkie-talkies etc etc - all of which, you will probably realise by now, I have experienced in other large, mainstream business type hotels - particularly in the U.S.!!!
This hotel is in a great location, just near Walnut Street - very central for pretty much everywhere. Definitely a nod by their staff towards their French origins (part of the Accor group, I think) - they answer the phone with a cheery "Bonjour" ; not sure if the French extends to any more than that, but it's a nice touch!
I would absolutely recommend this hotel, particularly to anyone who values peace and quiet and a fantastically cosy bed!
- 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:
- Sofitel Philadelphia
- Accor Philadelphia Hotel
- Philadelphia Sofitel
- Sofitel Hotel