Over the years since my first ever trip to New York (actually almost 10 years ago…as was in December 2004, that’s a scary thought) I’ve stayed in a few different areas of the city and in different types of place – from hostels dorms, to basic hotels, to much nicer hotels. For this latest trip we stayed at Sofitel New York so I thought it might be hand to share a bit about our stay and generally about places to stay in New York.
Area wise I have a few favourites but I do always tend to lean towards staying in the midtown area now as it’s just so central and in the heart of everything – but still really easy to get to a selection of subway lines to get to other areas or boroughs. In terms of central, Sofitel New York couldn’t be much more perfect – right between 5th and 6th Avenues and just a couple of blocks up from Bryant Park and the New York Library.
The hotel itself is a little taste of Parisian style in the centre of New York – Sofitel is a french hotel chain and whilst it still has quite a classic New York feel, the french touches can be found all over – from the staff greeting you with Bonjour to Eiffel Tower prints in the lifts. I’ve actually been lucky enough to visit Sofitel St James in London a couple of times to go to the Spa (you can read my review HERE) so I already had a bit of a taste of the Sofitel experience so had total confidence it was going to be a good place to stay.
Our room was on one of the upper floors and the real ‘wow’ factor came from the amazing view. I adore a skyline view and this one has to be one of the best. Our room was looking East towards the Chrysler Tower, which is actually one of my favourite buildings in New York (probably above the Empire State to be honest). The view also meant that we got some amazing sun rise shots – one thing to be happy about jet lag for.
Also on the room – one of the major stand out factors for me was how insanely comfy the bed was. To the level of comfort that I find myself daydreaming about the cloud-like mattress. It had that perfect balance between firm and sink-in-softness. So comfy. The bathroom was also impressive – with both a bath and an amazing rain-head shower, it was spacious by any hotel standards and seriously huge by New York hotel standards.
The hotel also has a restaurant that we didn’t get chance to eat at – but it is apparently very good. It does also have a more casual bistro set up which is also the destination for breakfast. The breakfast food was good – a good range from the classic American style of pancakes/eggs/bacon (drool) to more Parisienne style of croque monsieur (made with French toast) which is pretty epic (and sets you up well for a day of pounding the streets of the city). Service wise, we found the bistro to be a bit hit and miss each day but as an included breakfast the food was lovely and much better than the usual generic hotel buffet.
Hotels in New York are typically quite pricey and as we were there for a VERY busy weekend (NYC Marathon weekend) the rooms were in quite a lot of demand. But as with all hotels – it’s always good to book early to get the better rates.
For more information: Sofitel New York