I stayed at Sofitel New York when I was on a trip to NYC over a decade ago, about nine months before I moved here. Mike and I booked a basic room (about 300 square feet), and even though it seemed tiny at the time (we lived in a 2,800-square foot house in Atlanta), we loved the hotel.
We never stayed there again because we ended up living in NYC, and we didn’t need hotels any longer! Fast forward to more than 10 years later when I call New York home, and I was fortunate to stay at this hotel again. This time, I didn’t have a tiny room, but a suite. A huge, luxurious suite. Bliss!
Sofitel New York has Art-Deco interiors and is encased in luxurious materials. And the real bonus: It’s located on one of the best blocks in Midtown: West 44th between Fifth and Sixth Avenues. That’s not your usual busy Theater District block, but instead, this calm street is the home of various hotels and private clubs, and sports an old New York feel. I don’t think much as changed on this block in years, and that’s a good thing.
This hotel fuses New York City with Paris, and that’s evident from the moment you enter, and particularly in the artwork. You’ll notice photos of iconic French landmarks on the walls, along with some of New York City’s most notable structures. (Hello, Chrysler!) There’s even a mural of Central Park at the top of the stairs that lead from the lobby to conference rooms on the second floor. And the halls are well designed to boot.
The SoBed, the hotel’s signature bed, might keep you sleeping in – it’s that comfortable. It’s like a cocoon and practically melts around your body, setting you up for a restful sleep in a pin-drop quiet, spotless room. I also want to mention the spa-like marble baths that come with Hermes toiletries (yes that Hermes). Oh, and the cozy bathrobes and slippers add to that spa experience. 🙂
There’s a restaurant too. Mike and I have dined at Gaby Brasserie before, and it’s always been a solid choice in this section of town. However, my meal on the night of my stay in the hotel was superb. (I highly recommend the steak.) The varied menu offers vegetarian and gluten-free options, so there’s something for every diner. And you can’t beat the atmosphere – it’s like stepping inside a brasserie in Paris.
If you don’t want to eat, you must stop in Gaby Bar. It’s is an excellent spot for a cocktail or glass of wine. This elegant bar has plenty of space and stays far removed from the mania of midtown. If you didn’t book a room at Sofitel New York, pop in Gaby Bar for a drink and a nibble anyway. It might become one of your go-to spots when you’re in the area. It became one of mine in 2006, and 11 years later, it still is.
For more about my experience at Sofitel New York, read my full review in The Telegraph.
Sofitel New York
45 W 44th St
New York, NY 10036
And there was that time I met Pablo Picasso’s grandson at Sofitel. Plus I stayed at the Crosby Street Hotel and The Marlton, a piece of Greenwich Village history.