We stayed at the Sofitel between 29th April and 3rd May this year on our first visit to NYC.
Trip Advisor was my main tool for choosing the hotel, and with a #5 rank Sofitel was our choice.
The hotel is in a fabulous location in midtown Manhattan, two blocks from Times Square, and one block from 5th Ave. Despite it’s central location, west 44th street is not a noisy street.
Your experience starts as soon as you arrive by cab and are met by the doormen who take your luggage. Through the revolving doors into the large marble floored lobby and lounge area and on to reception where you are greeted with a friendly Bonjour.
We were checked in straight away and our room was ready for us, we went up to the room and our bags followed almost immediately. The reception staff call the bellhops using a bamboo xylophone.
Our room was on the 19th floor (1910) and looked towards the Rockefeller Centre. The room was just across the corridor from the lift area, but we didn’t hear them at all. The room was lovely and quiet, and we didn’t hear any noise from any neighbouring rooms during our stay.
The bedroom and bathroom were both lovely and roomy. The bedroom had a seating area and table, a large desk area with a HDTV, lovely comfortable bed and large wardrobe area housing the in-room safe.
The granite bathroom had a lovely large sink area with enough space for all of my toiletries. The shower cubicle was roomy, and the shower powerful. I only used the bath for soaking my poor toes after all the NY walking!
The hotel staff are there if you need them, friendly but not overpowering. The concierge seemed surly, with his Bluetooth in his ear constantly. As another reviewer has said you didn’t know if he was talking to you or on his phone!
We didn’t eat in the hotel, but noticed the room service prices varied. We breakfasted daily at the Red Flame Diner on the corner of 6th Ave, and can really recommend the Red Flame special Omelette.
We ate out a couple of times at Connolly’s Irish bar on West 45th between 6th and Broadway. Bubba Gump’s and Hard Rock Café are good for lunch on Times Square.
We bought a 72 hour sightseeing bus ticket from City Sights, buying the ticket at the booth inside Madame Tussauds instead of from one of the guys on the street. The sales guys are everywhere on Times Square, and along with the Gray Line guys will hassle you to buy tickets at any opportunity.
All in all, a very nice hotel, in a great location. We would return to this hotel, and would be happy to stay at another Sofitel.
- 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