Travel has clearly become a celebrity in her own right and has taken the lead in driving what trends and what is trending in Pop Culture. As if The Big Apple is not magnificent and worldly enough, Sofitel Luxury Hotels has managed to infuse a giant piece of Paris right into the heart of this bustling metropolis. Located at 45 West 44th Street in midtown NYC, guests have a short commute from JFK, LaGuardia or Newark Airport to arrive at a different world. Once they have settled in, they enjoy easy access to the venerable Rockefeller Center, dynamic Times Square with its iconic Broadway theaters, upscale shopping on 5th Avenue, world-class art museums and multiple corporate headquarters.
Architect Brennan Beer Gorman sets the stage with spectacular city views from the limestone and glass thirty-story tower. French neo-art deco interiors from brilliant designer Pierre-Yves Rochon remind you of life in gay Paree. Guests are enveloped in lush comfort and sophisticated artwork which exudes the feel of gracious living.
A stunning lobby replicates the style of the Chrysler Building, and lets guests know they have entered a world apart from the ordinary. Elegant fireplaces and shelves of art books invite visitors to relax and feel at home. Sofitel offers the choice of 398 spacious rooms including numerous luxury suites, many with private terraces, which combine the gentle feel of Parisian art deco and 1940s Manhattan style.
Rooms are beautifully appointed and every detail is exquisite, such as spacious marble baths, wood-framed beveled mirrors, marble vanities, and imported French bath amenities by Lanvin or Hermès. Comfortable decadence like this hasn’t been seen since the reign of Louis XIV! Custom hardwood headboards invite guests to fall into bed and rest comfortably on SoBed, their unique feather-top and duvet sleep system. Nightly turn-down service with Evian water leaves you nothing to do but enjoy your sweet, sweet dreams.
Travel back to the elegance of a Paris night as you enter the lush on-site restaurant and bar, Gaby Brasserie Française. It was designed to evoke the joy of a Parisian model, Gaby, who came to New York in the 1920s and fell in love with the city. The restaurant was a true gem and delight. Executive Chef Sylvain Harribey serves classic French and international cuisine, but isn’t afraid to take risks and startle clients with a unique pairing or taste sensation. He staked an initial claim to fame as the winner of the third season of the Food Network’s “Chopped” series, but has truly come into his own in this inspiring environment.
Continuous service for guests’ convenience is available from 6 a.m. until 1 a.m. every day. With its strategic location you never know who you’ll run into in the Gaby Bar, which is quickly becoming known as the place to meet and enjoy cocktails, fine wines and a bit of the bubbly. Not to be forgotten is the world-class service one expects at Sofitel Luxury Hotels. Guests are greeted with a welcoming “bonjour” and have access to 24 hour room service. There is an international staff which speaks 52 languages, with a French-speaking ambassador in each department. International newspapers are delivered to provide updates on world events.
Although prestigious accommodations such as this would be well worth the price, a variety of great specials are available to make a stay in NYC even more appealing. Just a few of the offerings include the Magnifique Breakfast, Magnifique Romance with champagne and a romantic gift, Magnifique Suite, So Cultural with two complimentary tickets to a celebrated museum, or So Gourmet with a complimentary dinner for two at Gaby Restaurant.
The prime location and function spaces also make Sofitel NYC a perfect destination for business meetings and conferences. Attendees can enjoy a magnificent banquet reception in Le Grand Paris Ballroom, or experience French culinary touches such as boulangerie, fromage and crêpes. It can also afford the perfect backdrop for a memorable New York destination wedding that the wedding party and guests will truly appreciate.
Sofitel is a French luxury hotel brand which has put its mark on properties in almost forty countries, but perhaps none better than what it has achieved right here in the U.S.A. This perfect and unparalleled combination of beauty, service, and quality has been recognized with many honors, such as being included in U.S. News & World Report’s Best Hotels Ranking – Silver Badge in 2014 and AAA Four Diamond Award in 2013, but the best reviews come from guests who keep coming back for stay after stay because they have experienced such a memorable visit. Staying at Sofitel is definitely très bien, but also très chic!