Stepping up to the front desk at the Euro-chic Sofitel New York Hotel on 44th St and Fifth Ave., I felt like royalty. Two team members immediately stopped what they were doing and snapped to attention, looking me in the eye with interest and warmth. No tap-tapping on keyboards or distracted side conversations.
They welcomed us, discreetly inquired about any special needs and quickly checked us in, insisting they accompany us to our room on the 26th floor, just four from the top of the midtown Manhattan reflective glass and limestone beauty.
Our king room was a roomy 400 square feet with all the luxury amenities you’d expect from a 4-diamond property. The marble bath with Lanvin products, a separate tub and shower and quite lovely lighting made primping fun. Spring for a suite and you’ll find Hermes products at the ready. The “SoBed” (a branded heavenly combination of softness and support) was heaped with down pillows, a down duvet and high thread count sheets that made me want to 1) jump upon it 2) fall into it 3) get under the covers for days. When I did later, I discovered the quietest night’s sleep I’d ever experienced in the Big Apple. Now, that’s luxury.
The on-site restaurant, Gaby, offers contemporary French cuisine in an art deco-inspired setting. It’s open daily for lunch and dinner. The long mirrored bar encourages conversation and at the Sofitel, you’ll meet European families in New York to shop and do business, Californians who came to speed up their tempo and world travelers there to take in a show and devour culture.
45 West 44th Street