Sofitel Washington DC Lafayette Square
What We Love
- Historic building with French hospitality and touches
- One block from the White House
- Interiors by designer Pierre-Yves Rochon
What To Know
- Free low-grade WiFi; premium WiFi is $16.95 per day
- Pets are permitted for free (with a $300 credit hold), though there is a 30-pound weight limit
- Limited views from Superior Rooms
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
The Sofitel trademark of embracing its French roots is obvious at Sofitel DC. Friendly staff greet guests with a “bonjour,” and croissants, cheese and wine selection are taken seriously. The DC outpost adds a hip American sensibility to that Francophile welcome. And there’s history to boot — the building was erected in 1880 on renowned Lafayette Square, which was named after the Marquis de Lafayette who fought during the Revolutionary War. The hotel’s French theme continues with interiors designed by Pierre-Yves Rochon, who restored the high-ceilinged lobby in a way that preserves the original foundation.
Bed and Bath
There are 237 guestrooms (starting at 370 square feet), including 17 suites, all with soundproof walls, sizable windows, contemporary furnishings and marble bathrooms with rain showers and Lanvin amenities. Good for groups and families, Superior Double Rooms are a spacious 400 square feet and accommodate four guests, while Junior Suites add separate living areas. Luxury Rooms catch some of city’s famous skyline through oversize windows.
While the location and coziness of the rooms and public spaces are prominent highlights, it’s the service you’ll remember most. The staff is efficient and friendly and collectively speaks seven languages. Guests delight in the Ici Urban Bistro, which offers a contemporary twist on French bistro cuisine. Breakfasts are à la carte, and free French-press coffee and tea are served throughout the day.
In the Area
A block from the White House, the Sofitel DC is in an ideal spot for visiting all the capital’s major attractions, just a few steps from the Metro and the local Bikeshare station. Animal lovers will appreciate the 163-acre National Zoo, which is home to more than 400 species. For a dose of culture, the Kennedy Center has great rotating music, dance and theater shows, with free performances most evenings. History freaks can’t miss seeing the original Declaration of Independence at the National Archives, where you can also research your family’s immigration records.
How to Get There
The location is excellent! Everything is a close walk or short ride. The staff is nice and helpful. The shower was warm needed a few more notches to get to my normal hot shower. The view in our room was brick. So make sure to ask for a room facin the street is that is important. The bar was nice but a little pricy at $14 for a mixed drink but again staff friendly and engaging.
This hotel is in a great location and is typical of other Sofitel’s at which I’ve stayed in the past. Rooms are well appointed, comfortable bed and nice sheets, very nice towels, clean bathroom. But nothing over the top.
When I checked in I was told they had 24 hour room service. This was important to me because I had to leave the hotel the following morning (a Saturday) at 5 am to catch an early flight and I really need my tea in the morning. So when I woke up at 4 I called room service and the woman who answered the phone told me they couldn’t send me a pot of tea until 6 am because it is not on the late night menu. No apologies, no figuring out how to help me which is what I would expect from a luxury hotel. She actually told me that the coffee maker in the room is there for exactly this reason. Funny because I didn’t want coffee I wanted tea. She was not pleasant or helpful at all and the irony is that she probably would have sent a pot of tea if I had ordered something off of the late night menu. Ridiculous and I will not stay here again. I’d rather pay the extra money and stay at a real luxury hotel.
This hotel is, as always, tip-top perfect--what a hotel stay should be: quiet, unassuming, unpretentious, and welcome. I have stayed at the Sofitel Washington DC 2-3 times per year for several years, and the hotel has always been just perfect. I can't recommend it enough.
our room at this hotel was very luxurious with 2 large beds a large TV and high quality bathroom
one of the best rooms we have ever encountered.
the staff were very helpful and friendly
We used the dining room for our evening meal but found it very expensive
We stayed in the hotel for a long weekend. Everything was walking distance and pretty accessible.
The rooms are tiny but modern and very clean.
The breakfast was absolutely amazing, the pastries are 5*