Sofitel (as with many things French) bowls you over with subtlety, elegance and consistency rather than anything over the top.
I've stayed at Four Seasons, and the Plaza, the Mandarin and the Ritz. Each has something unique to their line and their interpretation of Manhattan.
While the Sofitel may not compare in terms of pure luxury horsepower, it delivers with impeccable service, excellent food and beverage (read particularly croissants, coffee, chocolate and champagne, lol) and OUTSTANDING appointments (with the beds and linen of particular note).
Despite its actual size, the hotel feels more boutique, and is an intimate and romantic space. The fireplace in the lobby, plush furniture, soft music, pleasant aromas, sharp staff and crisp, elegant hallways punctuate that nicely appointed rooms (very decently sized by NYC standards).
Every aspect of service is prompt, courteous and professional with deeply rooted standards evident at every turn.
Our particular stay was over an anniversary and a simple mention triggered champagne, chocolate and a lovely card from management.
A quick walk to the theatre, shopping and transport made the locale a no brainer. Don't be scared by its proximity to Times Square; Sofitel's ingress remains mainly relaxed and a refuge from the city around.
Value for the luxury dollar, this place is hard to beat and offers a different, distinctively European take, on a refined hotel experience.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The ultimate in comfort and convenience, this thirty-story building in midtown Manhattan-a contemporary statement in limestone and glass-is just a stone's throw from Fifth Avenue. The modern-day traveler will enjoy the amenities on offer at this fine establishment, set within easy reach of Manhattan's most celebrated attractions. These include Times Square, Broadway theaters, world-famous restaurants, famous boutiques, art museums and corporate headquarters. Good access to transportation links. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Sofitel New York Hotel New York City
- Sofitel New York City
- New York City Sofitel