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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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Before and After: Sofitel Arc de Triomphe Gets the Putman Treatment

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  Site Where: 14 rue Beaujon, Paris, France, 75008
February 6, 2014 at 10:34 AM | by | Comments (0)

We love hotel renovations nearly just as much as we love new hotels. But what we really love about hotel renovations is seeing the transformation that happens when an old, tired and lackluster room gets a modern makeover and transforms into new, spiffed-up, stylish guest room. Or put more simply, we love comparing the Before and After.

In a time where seemingly every high-profile Paris hotel has something going on, Sofitel Arc de Triomphe decided to jump on the bandwagon and go for an all-out overhaul: rooms, public spaces, the lot. Studio Putman was brought in to move from the rather intense cornflower yellow and heavy blue to something more modern and light – check out the result below.

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Concorde Loses Half Of Its Hotels In A Year, What's Next?

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  Site Where: 108, rue Saint-Lazare, Paris, France, 75008
December 23, 2013 at 9:02 AM | by | Comment (1)

Hotel rebrandings happen – they are a fact of life in the industry, whether a result of lawsuits or some other drama, or just a desired change in direction or repositioning. The difference for guests can be substantial if major renovation is involved, and sometimes it is simply a case of one name on the door coming down and another going up.

We’re not entirely sure though what to call it when a hotel group loses half of its portfolio in the span of a single year, which seems to be the case for Concorde Hotels. Earlier this year, Hyatt swooped in and took over the management of four of its hotels (two in Paris, two on the French Riviera), newcomer The Set will be closing the Lutetia soon for yet another full-on French palace hotel renovation, and now Hilton is taking over Concorde Paris Opéra and Sofitel the Concorde Berlin. Seven hotels in twelve months is quite the stampede for the door marked “exit,” is all we’re saying.

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Sofitel's SoSpa Traveler Massage Is a Surefire Way to Beat Jet Lag

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  Site Where: 21 Viaduct Harbour Avenue, Auckland, New Zealand, 1010
December 5, 2013 at 4:03 PM | by | Comments (0)

Last week, you came along with us as we explored the harbor-side property of Auckland's Sofitel Viaduct Harbour. Today, we're exploring the ways your body can explore...the spa.

Since New Zealand is really, really, really far away, one of the best ways to beat jet-lag is to head to the spa to work out your sore and fatigued muscles. Not surprisingly, this Sofitel's SoSpa has developed a massage specifically for weary travelers.

Before we get into the serenity of the treatment, we should let you know that the Sofitel's spas are re-branding to SoSpa as an extension of the luxurious and trendy brand, Sofitel So. (Coincidentally, Auckland will get its own Sofitel So hotel next year.) But in the meantime, the Sofitel Viaduct Harbour is still Auckland's first SoSpa and better yet, it still has the new-spa smell since it opened its doors just a few months back.

Tucked away in a back corner of the hotel and utilizing two floors, the spa is a the center of all things rejuvenation with cool blue colors, dark woods and Kiwi design elements. Upon check-in guests are greeted and allowed to change in separate change-rooms then treated to some fruit-infused mineral water. After a few sips, we also got to choose the scented essential oil that we would tickle our olfactory glands during the massage.

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Which Sofitel Hotel Are You Most Thankful For?

November 27, 2013 at 2:44 PM | by | Comments (5)

The other week, we asked you dear readers to comment on your best Kimpton Hotel stay. At the request of a loyal HotelChatter fan, we're doing the same thing Sofitel Hotels.

There are about 120 Sofitel Hotels, in about 40 countries, so that's a lot of Sofitels to get talking about. But with all major hotel brands, not all the individual hotels are created equal. We've had some great experiences at Sofitels in Asia and Europe and then just so-so ones here in America. Meanwhile, Sofitel is also expanding their So brand which is more design-conscious and art-centric while at the same time remaining luxurious. So Sofitel is a mixed bag indeed.

Now in the spirit of Thanksgiving, tell us which Sofitel Hotel you're most thankful for in comments below!

[Photo: JasonD For HotelChatter]

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Spending Some Time With Auckland's Sofitel Viaduct Harbour

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  Site Where: 21 Viaduct Harbour Avenue, Auckland, New Zealand, 1010
November 26, 2013 at 2:04 PM | by | Comments (0)

Harbor-side rooms and plush rooms at Sofitel Viaduct Harbour; a HotelChatter Review

Spending a few days in Auckland sounds like a dream, but once you start to look at hotel options, you might get a little discouraged since the city doesn't have much selection. With limited international hotel brands that we can trust, we settled on Sofitel Viaduct Harbour but didn't expect some harbor living during our visit.

Check-In
After a winding trip through the sleepy streets of the city's entertainment district, we finally make it to a mid-rise building situated directly on the inner-harbour surrounded by yachts and sailboat masts. With a sleek, tiled lobby that featured a handful of reflection pools, we struggled to be anything but awed by the framed view of the private mooring docks beyond the lobby. Then after a speedy check-in process, we were off to our room.

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Lagerfeld Is Late: So Singapore Won't Open Before March Next Year

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  Site Where: 35 Robinson Road, Singapore, Singapore, 068876
November 8, 2013 at 9:04 AM | by | Comments (0)

The hotel in May

We don’t really mean that of course: who are we to suggest the Kaiser would ever be late? But we couldn’t resist the alliteration, and the delay is very real for Sofitel So Singapore, now not opening until March 2014.

When we had a proper look around in May, we tried to give the hotel the benefit of the doubt when it came to a planned November opening (given the breakneck speed of construction in Singapore). Unfortunately, our innate skepticism was justified; now we are looking at another five months before this emblem, by the hand of Lagerfeld, will greet guests upon arrival.

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Our Eagle Eye Is Not Blind To Philly's Fabulousness

October 25, 2013 at 12:57 PM | by | Comment (1)

It's no secret the Philadelphia Eagles aren't repping the NFC East to the fullest these days--their offense is so bad Benjamin Franklin has risen from the belly of Lincoln Financial Field to harness some electricity (and bifocals) for the teams key players. We kid! Still, what the city is lacking in football fortune it's making up for it in the hospitality sector.

Not only did they bring the fab Kimpton's Hotel Monaco Philadelphia last year to the historic area of Center City, but they've created what can be described as a seriously grown and sexy rooftop scene with their Stratus bar. It's open year-round, so if you haven't been, they've got heated banquettes and a now working fireplace which will keep you toasty. Plus Kimpton has introduced the "Raid the Bar" amenity for their loyalty program. Now Kimpton InTouch members can use their $10 credit per visit toward a delicious craft cocktail or drink of choice at a Kimpton bar. And remember, there are two Kimptons in Philly. (Rates from $199)

If you're looking for luxury, there's the Sofitel Philadelphia, which seems like the sophisticated European secret near Rittenhouse Square. It's all French, all the time right down to bell staff wishing you a "bonjour". And taking inspiration from Paris, they're bringing the French Art of Living to your home this month with #SoBoutique, their bed and linens line. So that fluffy duvet is yours if you want it, madam. (Rates from $156)

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You'll Love These Unexpected In-Room Hotel Amenities

October 2, 2013 at 4:04 PM | by | Comments (0)

Forgot something? No worries! These hotels have got you covered with the basics and more.

Not long ago we discussed what would be the ultimate hotel in-room amenities. Some of our desires may have been a bit dramatic, but hey, one can only dream. However, more and more hotels these days go beyond a complimentary dental and razor kit. Most of these items are free, others may have a nominal charge--but we're just excited that if we've left something at home, all is not lost!

Here's what you can ask to be delivered to your room at these hotels:

Sofitel Philadelphia
Contact the housekeeping department for these items:
*Shout Wipes
*Feminine hygiene products
*Night lights
*Crayons & Coloring books
*Hand-held steamer
*One hour of steaming service

Kimpton Hotels
The brand's "Forgot It? We've Got It!" program is awesome and has expanded to include these oft-left home products:
*Fashion Tape (no nip-slips happening on their watch)
*Humidifier
*Straightening Iron
*Curling Iron
*Heating Pad (oh, this is a gooood one)
*Computer/Mobile Chargers
*Collar Stays (hmm..this is a puzzler?!)

For a small fee, Kimpton can bring these other amenities:
Contact Lens Solution
Spray Wrinkle Remover
Static Guard
Super Glue
Nail File (anyone find it odd a nail file isn't free, but a humidifier is?)

What else can you get just for the asking? Read on!

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The Sofitel Los Angeles Has a Few New Things, But The French Flair Remains

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  Site Where: 8555 Beverly Blvd [map], Los Angeles, CA, United States, 90048
September 26, 2013 at 3:28 PM | by | Comments (0)

Does The Sofitel LA still have that certain je ne sais quoi we've come to love about Sofitels? A HotelChatter Review

We noticed earlier this year that some changes were afoot at Sofitel Los Angeles, with both a new restaurant and bar coming to the Beverly Hills outpost of the French brand, replacing SimonLA and Rande Gerber’s Stone Rose. Just this past weekend, we had a chance to check it out in more detail, spending the night here while in town.

Check-In: We drove to the Sofitel from LAX, which takes about 45 minutes if traffic isn’t too bad. Valet parking is $34 a day (with in and out privileges), which adds up quickly. Reception is to your left as you enter the black marble lobby, with a beautiful black and white drawing of Los Angeles behind the desk, contrasting with deep purple flower arrangements. After the typical bonjour-greeting, we were on our way to our third-floor room in minutes.

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Yet Another Step For Accor With Free WiFi In The UK

August 28, 2013 at 9:30 AM | by | Comments (0)

After a batch of 500 hotels last year, and upgrades in Latin America, Accor Hotels is taking another step towards its hinted-at group-wide free WiFi with the news that all properties in the United Kingdom will offer this gratis going forward.

That’s 194 hotels in one fell swoop, across ibis budget, ibis, ibis Styles, Novotel, Mercure, Pullman and MGallery brands. Pullman only recently entered the UK market amidst plans to double the number of upscale hotels carrying the name to 150 by the end of this decade. The three Sofitel hotels (London St. James, Heathrow and Gatwick Airport) already offer free WiFi today.

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