The Hotel Review: Sofitel, New York
Review: Julie Ford
Airport Transfers & New York Transport: Blacklane
This hotel has a fantastic location, just off the fabulous designer shopping heaven of Fifth Avenue, and is a prime spot nestled between Times Square and Grand Central Station, with an abundance of subway routes situated close by means you can get around New York easily. If you are visiting the city to take in the musical adventures of Broadway, this theatre district location is perfect. Nearby is also the Museum of Modern Art, Rockefeller centre and St Patrick’s cathedral. Situated on a black of prestigious hotels, you’ll be in good company staying at the elegant Sofitel. The Art-Deco vibe runs throughout the hotel and for anyone in love with the flapper-era, this is a step back in elegant time with grand ceilings, marble, gold and black leather, jazz club style furniture. The hotel offers valet parking, the gym is located in the basement, and the grand lobby doubles up as a surprisingly quiet and calm business centre.
On arrival, the service was impeccable, we were greeted like movie stars and the entire reception team were welcoming and polite, and the concierge, throughout our stay proved to be priceless.
Bedrooms are dressed in palettes of neutrals, black and marble. We stayed in a king executive suite on the 27th floor, it was larger than a lot of New York apartments and surprisingly roomy for a New York hotel suite by any standards. The expansive floor to ceiling windows give an unrivalled view of the city and the Chrysler building. The suite compromises of giant flat screen TV’s in both bedroom and living room, a well-stocked minibar, large safe and free Wi-Fi, and Bose sound docks. All bedroom feature the SUPER comfortable SoBed, which come a with down-topped mattress. Sadly we couldn’t fit this in our suitcase. Bathrooms are decked out in classic marble, and house fluffy bathrobes, slippers, and Lanvin toiletries.
In keeping with the 20’s vibe, Art Deco-inspired, Gaby Brasserie Française – (named after the 1920’s Broadway actress) – features fantastic French cuisine with a contemporary take on the classic dishes such as tuna nicoise and favourites including lobster roll and The Gaby Burger. For main course, duck breast a l’orange was a favourite of ours and the strip steak was perfect. A prix-fixe pre-theatre menu is available from 5pm until 8pm. The service was outstanding and the overall ambience, décor and style of the restaurant is why this is classed as one of the best restaurants in the city. For a touch of stellar service in true Old Hollywood style, Sofitel New York is a jewel in Midtown Manhattan’s hotel crown.
45 West, 44th Street, 10036 New York City, United States.
Airport Transfers & New York Transport: Blacklane.
We used premium transfer company Blacklane,for airport transfers and to transport to each hotel on our New York visit.
Blacklane the global professional driver service, provided the airport transfers. The company serves more than 50 countries, 250 cities and 500 airports worldwide. All-inclusive, guaranteed Business Class rates between JFK and Manhattan are about $100.
Drivers automatically adjust your pickup time if you flight’s arrival time changes. All airport pickups also include one hour of driver wait time. To book, visit blacklane.com.