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by wanderer 2005
June 1, 2005
The Sofitel has 134 rooms and is very quiet. The small lobby and lobby bar are truly Parisian. Marble floors, fresh flowers, and Louis XIV-style furniture takes you back in time. This is mainly a business-type hotel, but I think it's perfect for leisure because it's quiet and not in the middle of all the hustle-and-bustle.
We had room 217, which is a totally futuristic room, from touch-screen remote controls, to the lights, to the TV. My favorite part of the room is the sliding wooden doors that close off ALL light from the window/French doors. The doors open up to the street below, and there's a tiny ledge to stand on and a window basket full of red flowers. The bathroom had a separate tub and enclosed shower with a rainforest showerhead, surround sound, and a TV in the mirror! The room also includes a 42-inch flat-screen TV, aromatherapy products, fluffy robes, slippers, and a safe in the closet.
This is a really cool room. I got the best sleep of my life on their "My Bed" product, which has a down mattress pad and down comforter. WONDERFUL! I don't know if all the rooms have that bed, but this was awesome. The room had a chaise lounge and a desk with an Internet outlet.
They have a daily breakfast buffet, but at 29€ for scrambled eggs and toast, it's a little too rich for my blood, but with really nothing else around (all the restaurants around are not open for breakfast),you are kind of at their mercy. The Champs Elysees is a short walk, and there's plenty to grub on there.
The lobby bar, Le Windsor, is a great place to catch a nightcap and listen to the piano. There are a couple comfy couches and a mahogany bar. Served with your cocktail is a tray of marinated olives (VERY good) and one with crackers/nuts. It was a nice place to wind down after a long evening of walking.
If you subscribe to Sofitel's Privilege card, you get a welcome drink at check-in and a welcome gift in your room. This visit, we were given an umbrella because the forecast called for rain. The concierge can arrange for dinner reservations, cabs, tours, or almost anything else your heart desires.
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