Sofitel Philadelphia, Pennsylvania – Hotel Review

By Jonathan Spira on 24 November 2014
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One of the things I love most about staying at a Sofitel, no matter what its location may be, is that it makes my trip – at least in part – also a visit to France, regardless of my actual destination. The Sofitel Philadelphia is no exception.

I arrived at the property, located in the Rittenhouse Square neighborhood of Philadelphia, after a quick two-hour drive from New York City and immediately felt transported across the Atlantic. The building’s architecture exudes character: it is housed in the former Philadelphia Stock Exchange Building and was redesigned within as a hotel, resulting in a look and feel that is just the right blend of Franco-American style.

As I drove up, I was greeted by a doorman and a bellman and shown to the reception desk. “Bonjour! Welcome to the Sofitel!” Check-in formalities took only a few minutes and I was off to my room.



My room, a Junior Suite, was as large as some New York City apartments at 500 square feet (45 square meters). It consisted of a separate bedroom and living room, both elegantly appointed.

The décor ran towards rich, plush materials and colors that gave it a warm feel. The large sofa, despite being a sofa bed, was quite comfortable and paired with an Art Deco coffee table that was a tad too small for the space.

The bedroom, which could be closed off by French doors, seemed a bit small when compared with the living room but was more than sufficient for my needs. The king size bed and soft linens were extremely comfortable, something I’ve found to be a Sofitel signature touch. I woke up quite refreshed to deal with the challenges of the day, which included a family wedding.

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