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Sofitel Philadelphia Hotel
Ranked #8 of 86 Hotels in Philadelphia
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“A lucky choice”
Reviewed June 4, 2006

Had not visited the city in many years but thanks to TA, this was a wonderful choice. We enjoyed the atmosphere and food of the bar, except for the one evening when there was a cigar smoker. Cigarettes are bad enough but I think cigars should be outlawed in a hotel bar. Liked Colette, especially for breakfast. The coffee was a bit weak for French coffee. Speaking of that, we could even get TV Monde 5 - a real treat in a hotel. Air France crews stay here. The room and bathroom were spacious and beautiful. The personnel was polite and friendly. The hotel was super convenient for all the sights - very near a Plash bus stop .When packing to leave, just be very sure not to leave anything behind.

  • Stayed May 2006
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Fishers, Indiana
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Reviewed May 28, 2006

We stayed at Sofitel Philadelphia recently. We had a wonderful stay. The rooms were clean and well appointed. I was especially impressed with a spacious bathroom. The members of the staff were very helpful.

This hotel is in a very good location...close to everything. I used to live in Philadelphia, in fact very close to this hotel. Only minor problem with this hotel is the fact that parking is off site, and the driveway in front of the hotel is tiny, which causes the entire front of the hotel to look a bit chaotic. However, I believe this is not anything differrent from any other metropolitan hotel in a prime location.

I would highly recommend this hotel to people visiting Philadelphia.

  • Stayed May 2006
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Niagara Falls, NY
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed May 7, 2006

I'd stayed here before, once with a great experience, once with a not-so-good. This time, the Sofitel was definitely back on form.

My only complaint about my stay was everybody else's--those doors make a lot of noise!!! At first I thought it was people being really rude, and slamming them, but I did an experiment, and if you just let the doors close by themselves, that's the kind of racket you get. It is nice to know you're behind a heavy door, but it would also be nice to not have them making so much noise that it's hard to sleep, especially if you're a light sleeper like me. And face it, people aren't going to be standing by a door to pull it shut--we're just walking out and trusting the door to shut itself. Believe me, it does. Loudly.

The hotel is in a great location, and if you're a walker, as I am, you'll find it located convenient to just about everything. If walking isn't a problem, it's a nice walk to museums, but you'll need to take a cab if you're not accustomed to walking a lot.

I have been in the Four Seasons, and was in one of their rooms, although I didn't stay there. I found the Sofitel's room and bathroom to be comparable. You could tell the Four Seasons definitely had more expensive furniture, but I am not in Philadelphia to sit in an expensive chair; I am there to get out and see the city. And the Four Seasons is a lot more expensive. The Four Seasons does have a very nice spa, which I didn't use, and the Sofitel definitely doesn't have a spa. The Sofitel does have a nice gym, as does the Four Seasons. The Four Seasons is a great hotel, but I really don't see how it is worth the extra money unless you're spending more time in the hotel than out of it.

The Sofitel is very clean, and yes, the bed is heaven, but if you run around as much as I do while you're in the city, anything that isn't the floor is going to feel good. However, it makes it harder to get up in the morning when you're that comfortable. The shower is also great. I enjoy a hot shower, not a warm one, and the water coming out of mine was so hot, I actually had to turn the temperature down. Often when I stay at a hotel, they seem to be afraid someone is going to sue from getting scalded by the shower, so they keep the temperature lukewarm at best. The shower head was also a good quality, although I didn't get full benefit of it because it aimed high and I am short. I was too darn tired at the end of the day to bother trying to adjust it to hit my lower back. I enjoy having the bathtub separate from the shower, which it is not at the Four Seasons.

One new thing since my last stay is that you now have to insert your room key in the elevator if you want to go above the conference room floors. This can take a second to find your key if you're used to just getting on and pushing your floor, but it is worth the extra effort to have that security.

  • Stayed May 2006
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Atlantic Beach, New York
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Reviewed May 7, 2006

If you are looking to stay at hotel that is in the heart of the city that offers good value, excellent service, exceptionally appointed rooms, with incredibly comfortable beds this is your place. Everything at this hotel was flawless. You can search all you want and, but you won't find a better place to stay in Philly (especially at this price, and some for twice this price).

  • Stayed May 2006
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13 Thank jeffCT
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed May 4, 2006

Very nice friendly staff, excellent location for exploring Philly, very close to shops,very comfortable rooms and lovely bathroom and toiletries. Bed very comfortable and turn down service a nice touch. Lots of wardrobe space and a fridge to use for your own items if needed. The only downside to the hotel is the loud slamming of doors along the corridor which woke us up numerous times each night. They are so loud it sounds like your own room. However, this did not ruin the stay and overall a very nice, comfortable hotel in a very nice area.

  • Stayed April 2006
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Cairo, Egypt
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Reviewed May 3, 2006

I stayed at the Sofitel on April 21st to 23rd 2006...based on the reviews on this site, its location and price. The hotel is OK... rooms are well equipped and comfortable. I would not however describe my stay as really memorable.. and would not use words such as "terrific". Just a good city hotel. As for location it is within walking distance from numerous places you would want to visit... the Rittenhouse has a better location on an elegant square with a nice garden. The Sofitel is a 30 minutes walk from the train station ... which is convenient if you are arriving by train (not carrying much) or planning to visit nearby cities such as New York City or Washington DC.

  • Stayed April 2006, traveled on business
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Reviewed May 3, 2006

Good hotel in a nice location. Room was large and nicely furnished. Lots of good touches like robes in the room amd separate shower and bathroom. Bed was excellent with huge but light quilt. Would definitely go back there.

  • Stayed April 2006, traveled on business
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Property: Sofitel Philadelphia Hotel
Address: 120 South 17th Street, (City Center West), Philadelphia, PA 19103-5115
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Location: United States > Pennsylvania > Philadelphia > City Center West
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#3 Green Hotel in Philadelphia
#4 Business Hotel in Philadelphia
#7 Romantic Hotel in Philadelphia
#7 Luxury Hotel in Philadelphia
#10 Family Hotel in Philadelphia
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Sofitel Philadelphia Hotel 4.5*
Number of rooms: 306
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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