In New York in December and so I spent a few nights at the Sofitel Hotel on 44th street just a few blocks from Times Square.

a man walking in front of a building with flags

This little stretch of 44th street has the Algonquin hotel, the Iroquois hotel, the Sofitel, the Penn Club and the Harvard Club of New York. Elegant company.

a city street with flags and cars

Sofitel is part of the Accor loyalty program. The logo is ALL – Accor Live Limitless. Airlines on the program include Air France/KLM, Qatar, Qantas, Finnair and Japan airlines. Other partners are Orient Express, Pullman, Fairmont, Banyan Tree, Hertz, Avis and many others. This is only my second time staying with this program after staying at the Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco.


a room with a large ceiling and a large chandelier

There is a nice lobby with plush seating areas and an impressive winding staircase before you get to the check-in desk.

a desk with a wreath on the wall

Valet and customer service desks are available in the lobby.

a room with a fireplace and chairs

a large gold and white lighted display in a building

Check-in was smooth and I was up to my room on the 24th floor.

a group of people standing at a reception desk

On arriving at floor 24 I found this lovely settee and chair in the hallway at the elevator.

a room with a couch and pictures on the wall



The elegant room:

This is the view of the room. It looks like most other hotel rooms we stay in but one can tell that Sofitel tries a little harder with some of the items available.

a hotel room with a bed and a table

Ironing board, iron, lovely plush hangars, luggage rack and slippers available.

swingers and a pair of white gloves on a rack

a pair of slippers on a chair

Nice adapter on the wall with power plugs and USB ports.

a black electronic device with a white paper on top

Glasses, a stirrer, a safe, but no ice bucket.

a group of glasses on a table

This was a nice touch Here is a basket with sewing kit, clothes brush, shoe horn, laundry bag and a shoe kit for shining.

a black brush and a white cloth

The desk has phone, pad and pen, and 2 cartons of water which were refreshed every day.


a desk with a telephone and a notepad

On the one day that I left a do-not-disturb sign on my door I returned to find the 2 cartons left at my door. A nice and caring touch.

a sign on a door handle

Really nice to have the refrigerator so I could cool the water and keep some cheese and have milk for tea.

a tv on a table

A really nice bed with a second phone on the bedside table.

a bed with white sheets and lamps

Nice chairs with a wooden table and lamp at the window.

a lamp on a table next to two chairs

A lovely view out the front of the building.

a city skyline with many tall buildings

This drawer contained the room service menu as well as writing paper, postcards and envelopes.

a drawer with papers on it


The bathing facilities:

Balmain bath products were supplied as well as a hair dryer, soap and a box containing ear buds and cotton swabs.

a tissue box on a marble surface a sink with a glass shelf above it

Lovely to have a walk-in shower and a separate bathtub.

a shower with a handrail and a bar a group of white bottles with black handles

This bath was lovely to use. The hand spray was a nice touch as was the Balmain body wash.

a bathtub with a towel on the side

A nice towel rack with place for 4 items drying.

a white towel on a metal rack

The towels in the Sofitel are the longest I have encountered in all the hotels I have stayed at. I am 6ft 1 and the towels are a few inches longer than me. Really lovely to use.

There was a third phone on the wall at the loo as well.


Other hotel facilities:

Le Club fitness is the gym available. Comprehensive enough with treadmills, climbing machines, weights and other workout equipment.

a sign on a wall a group of treadmills in a room

Computers and a printer available for business and flight details.

a room with computers on a table

There is a ballroom and many meeting rooms available. The Gaby restaurant on floor 1 is rather smart and has an elegant bar.

a sign with gold text on it

This hotel celebrates the French way of life. The website advertises “the hotel with French soul and a New York City edge”

Le Petit Prince is celebrated with these murals.

a room with a wall mural a poster of a book


Overall impressions:

a room with a bed and a table and chairs


The Sofitel in New York is a lovely hotel. They do try a little harder and supply you with extras in your room but the cost varies dramatically. During the week I was there the price ranged from $350 to $900 depending on the day as it is December and the city is busy. During the quieter second week of January rooms start at $220 per night.

The hotel specifically mentions that their rooms are among the biggest hotel rooms in New York and you know you are not staying in a regular New York Hotel.

The French flair and the Accor style definitely make this hotel well worth a visit.