Bonjour! This greeting did not come as a surprise to my husband and me as this is a highly respected French hotel chain. We chose Sofitel due to the reputation of Sofitel and Accor (parent company) hotels around the world. The French greeting was most-welcomed as we got out of the taxi and in to some of the remaining slush and snow.
We were warmly greeted at the front desk and were given keys to our room in a timely fashion. Upon entering our very quiet room that faced Sansom Street, we found it to be very spacious. This surprised us as many big city hotels skimp on the square footage. A nice desk was big enough for our laptop and all of our papers and books. There were numerous lights to make the room bright for those long winter nights. Our king size bed was very comfortable as were the pillows.
Now, we usually do not get worked up over bathrooms, but this one is absolutely wonderful! It is so big and nice that my husband took numerous photos of it to use for our next master bathroom. There was nice glass shower stall with a rainforest shower head. Next to it was a good-sized tub that my husband used to unwind on those cold January nights. Towels in the bathroom are plentiful for the large sink area. The bathroom was big enough that my husband and I could both be in there in at the same time and not be in the way of each other. How many hotels can claim this?
The two of us took advantage of their restaurant, Chez Colette, for breakfast, especially with the weather conditions outside. Every breakfast we had was made with very fresh ingredients. Our most memorable meal was their salmon and cream cheese on a bagel. My husband is a coffee lover and says the hotel’s coffee is very good. It reminded us of some of the nice petit déjeuners we have had in France. If you are in a hurry, there is complimentary croissants, coffee, juice and water, located near the entrance of the restaurant. We do not know of many big city hotels that do this.
A couple of times we visited their bar, Liberté. It is a rather spacious place with tables, lounge chairs and a gas fireplace. The fireplace is very popular thus you have to get there early or on an evening that is not busy. A limited menu is offered at the bar and my husband ordered a Philly Cheesesteak sandwich. Sofitel’s version of this Philadelphia original was very good and satisfying.
Their concierges are very helpful and patient. All of them did not mind us asking so many questions concerning the city and what services Sofitel offered as we are looking for a place for our oldest son’s wedding rehearsal dinner.
This hotel is in an excellent location in downtown Philadelphia. Walking to Rittenhouse Square and to our favorite restaurant in City Center (Parc Restaurant Bistro & Café) through the snow and slush took less than ten minutes for us. We would assume that during the rest of the year the time would be a lot shorter. Because of its location, excellent service and comfortable rooms, we will be staying here every time we are in Philadelphia to visit our oldest son.
- 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