Monday, February 22, 2016

Sofitel New York Hotel Review


This is the first of a series of hotel reviews for New York City for 2016. Trip Adviser lists 469 reviews for hotels in this city that never sleeps! That is a heck of a lot of choices! I feel if you are going to budget for your visit, the hotel stay is not the place to cut funds. I personally look for a hotel that is clean, safe, near public transportation and a great place to relax at the end of a hectic day in the city. If you pick a cheaper hotel that is not near public transportation, or any places you wish to visit, it really isn't going to benefit you in the long run. I am going to suggest you stay in different hotels with each visit, as you get to find out about different areas of the city, and experience their different vibes! Upper East Side, Upper West Side, Midtown, Flatiron, Times Square (my least favorite), Chelsea, Greenwich Village, Soho, Tribeca all have a uniqueness to them. You can really experience the "real" New York City when you get a taste of the character of each neighborhood. I hope these reviews help you to decide where to stay, and as always, if you have any questions about an upcoming trip, please feel free to email me!


Now for a little history about the Sofitel New York, which is part of the Accor Hotels group. This 30-story luxury building is made out of limestone and glass, just beautiful. The hotel is inspired by a French theme and was completed in 2000. This was one of the top hotels on Trip Advisor, so I was really excited about staying here. The location is pretty top notch, you are very near Bryant Park, the NY Public Library, many subway lines, Grand Central and Penn Station. The bottled water and chocolates above were a nice touch when I arrived in the suite. I was shocked this hotel was listed in the Times Square/Broadway area, but it is close, but you are not near the craziness of Times Square. This is a great hotel if you are doing a Broadway show, as you are within walking distance of most theaters.


Positives: 
  • gorgeous suite upgrade
  • the views from each of the 2 windows
  • comfy heavenly bed 
  • 2 thermostats 
  • 2 televisions
  • candle with matches in the bathroom along with fresh orchids
  • fresh orchids in the sitting area 
  • rain shower that was so relaxing 
  • soaking tub
  • Hermes bath products 
  • beautiful lobby and lobby scent amazing
  • stellar location 
  • art work in hotel areas as well as the room itself
  • friendly, helpful staff
  • big closet space 
  • Charlie Chaplin movies in the elevator 
  • welcome gifts of chocolate and gourmet desserts
  • plenty of room to walk around in the suite
  • apple computers in lobby area 


Negatives: 
  • tissue box not full in bathroom
  • television didn't have many channels, and not all were digital 
  • no coffee or tea maker in the room 
Sofitel New York
45 W 44th Street
New York, NY 10036
212-354-8844

4 star hotel
Boutique Style with 398 luxury guest rooms including 52 suites
Location: Broadway - Times Square
Valet Parking for a fee
Fitness Center
Business Center
Free WiFi in public areas and hotel rooms
Pets are allowed, charges may apply
Trip Advisor Ranking 64 of 469 (as of 02/16/16)
Trivago Rating 89 out of 100 (as of 02/15/16)
Price Range $216-$644 us dollars

Hotel prices are at their lowest in the months of January and February; their highest September and October. Sunday nights are the lowest prices for hotel rooms, in most cases. My go to places for checking prices for hotels are TrivagoTrip AdvisorHotels.com and Travelzoo. I am learning quite a bit about booking hotels during this process of featuring different hotels on this blog. 

Always remember to check the hotel's website itself, they are really trying to have you book direct and sometimes offer specials or a discount with AAA that is cheaper than the websites I mentioned above. I am also finding that if you book on your mobile device, you can save some money as well. I actually got a better rate via my mobile phone than using my AAA discount online direct at the hotel. You should really do some research on your price for hotel a few different ways, and ALWAYS book a room that you can cancel, you never know what may happen in the future. 

Remember to take into account for your total cost the NYC Hotel tax of 14.75% plus Daily $2.00 per room occupancy fee.

Would I reserve a night at the Sofitel New York again? In a heartbeat, yes! I really loved my stay here, and when I am in the area, need to pop in to see what they scent the lobby with! Each time I came back to the hotel, the smell was so inviting! The location is perfect, and I even found a new diner to enjoy, the Red Flame, for future visits! I also enjoyed breakfast at db Bistro Moderne which was a place I have always wanted to visit. 


My rating for this hotel, on a scale of 1 to 10 with 10 being perfect in every way, is a 9. 


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Disclosure: This stay was paid for by me. I will always state at the end of each review whether my stay was paid for by myself or if I was hosted by the hotel. I will honestly tell you about my experience at this hotel, not being swayed in any way by complimentary services. I know you value my opinion, and it is important to me to be as honest as possible. All opinions are my own. Thank you so much.


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