I stayed at the Sofitel for one night and later moved on to the Intercontinental, for which I will use for a comparison.
Firstly, the location, really good. You're right in the middle of Manhattan and you'll be able to venture around pretty much anywhere very quickly.
The room was a lot smaller than I was hoping for and also in terms of quality somewhat lacking. Compared to a similar room that I stayed in at the Intercontinental and the New York Palace this room was indeed very average. Interestingly, a member of staff at the check-in desk told me I had "received a free upgrade" so I am interested to see what I would have stayed in before my free upgrade. I have to admit, I actually doubted that I did receive a free upgrade as I checked the website and pictures elsewhere and it doesn't seem to match. The view from my window happened to be a wall and an apartment block, so I couldn't even see anything.
The fitness centre is also quite small, but I had no problem getting on the machines early in the morning. I also noticed the plastic apples there, I had to double check to see if they were real(!) please consider getting rid of them, in many other countries this would be a freebie in the gym.
Pro's: Free internet. Indeed this is a real benefit as everywhere else in NYC charges $12+ for 24 hours. Free water, a nice touch and this should be a standard everywhere else really.
- 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