Months before we went to the US, I have already booked our one night stay in New York to meet the husband’s parents who will arrive from Greece. I have contacted Sofitel New York beforehand to arrange the rooming requirements since the original plan was for the husband’s brother to join us for that one night stay in the same hotel (not in the same room lol). Up until now, the email was left unanswered by the Sofitel New York team. I have contacted them thru email, Facebook and Instagram but was never replied to by their New York team. I was THISCLOSE to changing our hotel to The Plaza as it was a gift to the husband and I wanted to splurge a bit even for just a night. Unfortunately, the room rate in The Plaza which was available at the time Sofitel New York was not responding to my email was already way beyond my budget. The price has increased drastically since the two hotels had quite similar rates the first time I checked it but chose Sofitel instead, for whatever and unknown reasons. So with my fingers crossed, we went ahead with the original reservation.
Sans the very poor communication to their future guests or lack thereof, my stay at Sofitel New York was actually fantastic mainly due to its great location. A 2-min walk away from Times Square meant that every single thing that we need is just at an arm’s reach – quite literally. Being near Times Square however also meant that we’ll have to go through the rush-hour traffic of New York by the time we arrived at 5pm from Maryland. When we finally reached the hotel, the concierge was alert and immediately took our rented car for valet parking. Parking in their on-site garage is not free. It is in fact, expensive – probably the most expensive parking fee I’ve ever heard of at USD50 per night. It is New York after all, a city which is very car-unfriendly. The French-speaking receptionist, although not very friendly and did not give us the slightest of smile, was very efficient and handled our check-in process quickly. Our well-appointed and clean superior room was on the 23rd floor with a street view. Size of which was quite big for New York standard. I will later realize that it’s huge when we go back to New York a few days after and stay in another hotel with extremely tiny rooms. The bed, ah! the bed, of course is very comfortable which is what Sofitel is very famous for. Wifi was offered complimentary for the first 24 hours which I found quite unusual for a New York hotel as mostly, it’s paid from day one. Not that I’m complaining. 🙂
Bathroom was also spacious, with separate shower and tub. The marble countertop and flooring gives a very French touch in it.
That evening we went for a short walk to have dinner and drinks at Times Square before we went to watch a stand up comedy show. The location of Sofitel New York is outstanding as it was very easy for us to go around specially since we only stayed at the time for a night. I’d stay here again if I’d get a chance. If you’re after a good-size room and the perfect location, you should too.
Note: The rate of the room was USD342 for a night stay during the last week of August 2014. The price does not include breakfast which is common to most US hotels.