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The Sofitel New York Will Be Doing Good While Smelling Good

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  Site Where: 45 West 44th Street [map], New York, NY, United States, 10036
March 20, 2015 at 1:35 PM | by | Comments (0)

This might sound like an oxymoron but tomorrow is the United States' own National French Bread Day, which will celebrate all French bread, from baguettes to croissants, viennoiseries and more (Cronuts probably not included.)

One of the Frenchest hotels in the U.S., The Sofitel New York at 45 West 44th Street, is celebrating the day (which is also the first day of spring, although the weather in NYC looks otherwise) by turning their private dining room at their brasserie, Gaby, into a pop-up boulangerie serving 15 different kinds of French bread and French pastries.

Even better than the fresh bread smells that are sure to waft through the hotel, the cost of the bread will be just $1, with all of the proceeds going to City Harvest, a food rescue organization that helps feed more than 1.4 million in-need New Yorkers. Donations beyond $1 are also accepted.

In case you want to wake up with the fresh bread tomorrow morning, rates at the Sofitel tonight start at $241. while rates for tomorrow night, when the bread might not be as fresh, start at $267.

[Photo: Sofitel New York]

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Sofitel to Offer 'Five Star Plus' Luxury When It Opens in Frankfurt Next Year

March 11, 2015 at 5:20 PM | by | Comments (0)

After some delays in getting started, sleek, sexy and oh, so French Sofitel Hotels may be opening early next year in Frankfurt's Opernplatz, a city square facing the former Frankfurt Opera house.

The new Sofitel will offer “five-star-plus” service, an unofficial designation not unlike the seven star proclamations we’ve seen in recent years. Real world definitions aside, a night at the Sofitel, like a night at the opera, is proclaimed to be a “top performance.”

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Sofitel St James Wants to Help You with Your Diet Resolution

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  Site Where: 6 Waterloo Place, London, United Kingdom, SW1Y 4AN
January 21, 2015 at 8:25 AM | by | Comments (0)

The 5:2 diet is all the rage in the UK right now. If you haven’t heard of it, the premise is simple – five days of the week you eat normally, and two days of the week you fast. By fasting, we don’t mean starving – you just stick to 500 calories a day. It is wildly popular.

500 calories in a day sounds doable but, having done the diet before, it’s not. Luckily, though, the beautiful Balcon restaurant at the Sofitel St James (the people who last brought you an art exhibition called 'Vegetables') is coming to the rescue of the likes of us with its new De-Light menu.

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Are Sofitel and Premier Inn the UK's Best Hotel Brands?

November 6, 2014 at 9:05 AM | by | Comments (0)

A forthcoming Premier Inn Hub

You're booking a hotel in the UK. Is Sofitel on your list, or Premier Inn? No? May be time to make another list, then.

The two chains have just been named the best in the UK by readers of Which? magazine. Normally we sniff at this kind of survey, but Which?, for American readers, is a respected title and the top UK consumer publication around. It constantly crowdsources its readers, meaning it gets a wide spread of feedback (6000 people took part in this research).

Sofitel topped out the survey, with an overall score of 83%. But Premier Inn was hot on its heels with 82%. The worst? Britannia Hotels with 33% - it's the second year running that it's come last. Premier Inn's rival, Travelodge, was at 60% - scores were based on nine categories including cleanliness, customer service and value for money.

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Sofitel St James London Wants You to Eat Your Greens

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  Site Where: 6 Waterloo Place, London, United Kingdom, SW1Y 4AN
September 24, 2014 at 9:27 AM | by | Comments (0)

Fall is around the corner for London: the air is crisp and leaves have started to color. Sofitel St. James is using the change of seasons to make sure you eat your vegetables (better be healthy for when temperatures inevitably drop), drink some of them (because anything goes into cocktails these days) and while you’re at it, look at some outsized, shiny sculpture versions by French artist Patrick Laroche too.

Above is a shot from the hotel’s lobby off of Waterloo Place, around which you’ll find a number of Laroche’s art displayed as part of an exhibit called, as expected, “Vegetables”. Brightly colored and very shiny, they are at the hotel until the end of October.

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Funky Friday: The 3D Art Ceiling At Sofitel Vienna Stephansdom

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  Site Where: Praterstrabe 1, 1020 Vienna, Austria
August 15, 2014 at 5:03 PM | by | Comments (0)

Consider a neck massage after an evening stroll or during a stay at Sofitel Vienna Stephansdom, whose ceilings come alive like we've never seen before but would like to

Welcome to Funky Friday, a new segment we’re trying out which features one photo that we think singularly expresses a hotel’s inner psyche. We look for, and often find, a lot of wacky, wild and wondrous designs that seem to have one thing in common: a Type A personality. So why not have a bit of fun as we all wrap up our week by taking a quick look at some hotels that quite frankly, want our attention.

We’ve been looking for— and think we have found—a worthy Funky Friday subject that is especially eye catching from the outside. It would be almost impossible not to be drawn to this extravaganza of color, light, and imagery that is free to guests and passersby of Sofitel Vienna Stephansdom. Things are definitely looking up at this hotel, as these expressive ceilings clearly dominate the lobby lounge, Le Loft Restaurant on the 18th floor, even the drive-up entrance court.

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That Time When EDM Took Over Europe's Staidest City's Business Hotels

Where: Brussels, Belgium
July 25, 2014 at 10:00 AM | by | Comments (0)


Not your usual hotel doorpeople

What happens when you hold an upmarket music festival in a place with no accommodation just outside a major hotel town or city? Neon everywhere and flower headdresses in totally unthinkable hotels, that’s what.

Yes, if you thought Coachella was bad enough unique for colonizing Palm Springs, you clearly haven’t heard of Tomorrowland, a gargantuan EDM festival that takes place in Boom, an appropriately named town 20 miles outside of Brussels, over two weekends: this and last.

Boom doesn’t really have any hotels, which is where Brussels comes in. For two weekends of the year, the supposedly staid (it’s not, but more on that another time) centre of the European Union is full of dayglo, and three of the city’s poshest hotels get done up as rave accommodation, having been bought up by the festival for the exclusive use of their guests.

Take The Hotel, the European Union's hotel of choice for businessmen, diplomats, and President Obama, where we’ve spent the last few days. Normally, it’s full of suits; this weekend, it’s awash with fairy wings, bro baseball caps and t-shirts that read “Fuck off reality, we’re going to Tomorrowland”. The lifts are paved with fake grass instead of the normal marble, and there are butterflies and flowers 'embroidered' all over the lobby.

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We Go Inside Lagerfeld's World at Sofitel So Singapore

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  Site Where: 35 Robinson Road, Singapore, Singapore, 068876
June 10, 2014 at 11:32 AM | by | Comment (1)

While we still have to wait a little longer for a hotel in its entirety by the hand of Karl Lagerfeld, we can show you exactly how his touch comes to life at Sofitel So Singapore, having toured the hotel just a week after it first opened.

His Lion’s Seal can’t be missed, whether you enter the hotel through the So Heritage Wing (the historic half facing Robinson Road) or through the newly added So Hip Wing’s main driveway you see above. Read on for much more, including what pearl of wisdom Karl included on the “BooKube” in every room (and what it is, for that matter), a preview of the gold-tiled Hi-So rooftop pool opening in July, and a gallery bursting with photos of the quirky hotel.

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Sofitel Opens So Singapore, Lagerfeld Bathrobes and All

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  Site Where: 35 Robinson Road, Singapore, Singapore, 068876
June 3, 2014 at 12:59 PM | by | Comments (0)

Just over a year after we first looked at the classic 1927 building on Robinson Road, Sofitel So Singapore has finally opened its doors this past weekend. We don’t think Choupette will be there to greet you in the lobby in the end, but the Lion’s Seal Karl Lagerfeld designed is around, down to an appearance on the hotel's bathrobes.

Those bathrobes are inside the 118 rooms and 6 suites, ranging from entry-level So Cosy Rooms (in the new So Hip Wing behind the original structure) to larger So Lofty Suites (above, with step-out balconies) and So VIP Suites. All are tricked out with Apple in-room technology, including iPad minis and iPhones.

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Singapore's Sentosa Island to Get Cozier with a New Sofitel Hotel

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  Site Where: 2 Bukit Manis Road, Sentosa, Singapore, 099891
April 22, 2014 at 10:10 AM | by | Comments (0)

One easy destination to explore near Singapore that doesn't require a trip back to Changi Airport is Sentosa Island. Just a few minutes out of the city, sun and beach lovers can wiggle their toes in the sand without the stress of overseas travel.

Aside from the beach, Sentosa is home for several golf courses as well as a Universal Studios theme park and other family-fun activities. Already there's several luxury hotels on the island, including W Sentosa Cove and Capella Resort Sentosa but soon there will be one more, Sofitel.

Currently named the Singapore Resort & Spa Sentosa, Managed by Accor, Sofitel is going to glam it up before stamping their name on the property. Over the next 18 months, the hotel's colonial, low-rise architecture will see a full refurbishment with rooms, public areas, spa, conference room and landscaping undergoing a refresh.

Once complete, the resort will be renamed Sofitel Singapore Sentosa Resort & Spa with 215 suites and villas and killer ocean views. Along with So Spa, their brand's signature spa, being added to the offering, guests will be able to chill beach-side since it will be one of the few hotels in the country actually located next to the beach.

[Photo: The Singapore Resort & Spa Facebook]

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Sofitel Hotels Launch Their Own App

February 18, 2014 at 4:51 PM | by | Comments (0)

Speaking of hotel smartphone apps today, Sofitel Hotels' new app is giving its guests an easier way to reserve rooms, check loyalty programs balances and even get some inspiration for their next vacation.

Not to be mistaken for the Accor Hotels app, this one is strictly for those travelers that enjoy the lap of French luxury at Sofitels and want to top-up their Le Club account with stays at the prestigious properties.

After playing with the app for a little bit, we were blown away by the plethora of great photos each address offers up. Besides great snaps, the navigation is easy and simple to not only book a room, but check the destination's weather for the next week and even call or email the hotel with one touch of the screen.

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Sofitel So Singapore Will Soft Open In May

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  Site Where: 35 Robinson Road, Singapore, Singapore, 068876
February 11, 2014 at 8:49 AM | by | Comments (0)

After November came March, and after March now comes May as the time when Sofitel So Singapore will start welcoming guests, albeit as a soft opening. Having heard this straight from the pre-opening team, we’ll take their word for it – and, we have some additional guestroom renderings to look at while we wait.

We had shown you what entry-level So Cosy Rooms look like, with 3-metre high ceilings, domed skylights, and a mix of modern design and classic wall paneling. Those skylights come courtesy of light boxes, featuring images of glass domes right above the bed. So Cosy rooms will be located in the “So Hip” wing, which is being added behind the "So Heritage" wing, the original 1927 structure on Robinson Road.

That’s where you’ll find the above So Suite, which has some of the same basic elements (ceiling height, wall panelling, skylight), but brings in herringbone floors and an unexpected princess canopy above the bed that we’re a little unsure of, with fabric draped down to the nightstands. The pink/purple-hued window treatments are pretty bold too.

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