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
Staff were nice, great ambiance overall. Rooms were great and comforting. A good location, near to many attractions. Does not offer views or scenes of The Mall or any attraction, but that would not be a problem.
I took my grandson to Washington D.C. recently. Having stayed in
Sofitel properties before, I picked this hotel for quality and location.
Upon our arrival, I found much to our delight that we had been
upgraded. The room was perfect. The staff from the front desk to the
breakfast room to the lounge areas were all so warm and welcoming.
The concierge, Milan Koviljac, went above and beyond getting us
reservations and recommending options for any and everything we wanted
to do. We had a couple of meals on the outdoor terrace, and I can
highly recommend the food we had. If you love escargot (and my grandson
fell in love with it!), you will not go wrong ordering it.
Overall, we felt like celebrities and would stay here again and again.
Hubby and I took years to find this hotel but now it is a favorite. Located perhaps three blocks north of the White House, it is an ideal location for walking to most of the Smithsonian museums, the Newseum, the Washington Monument, the new African American museum, etc. (Directly next door is Joe’s Stone Crab restaurant!)
This hotel appeals mostly to business travelers or couples without children. The ambience is reminiscent of Paris with an attentive and gracious staff. Breakfast is delightful and the lounge and the dining room are both not to be missed. Photos of are French Toast, Eggs Benedict, and the fabulous pastry basket.
It’s a bit pricey but you get what you pay for.
I booked this hotel based on a recommendation from a friend. So glad I did! It is in a great location - walking distance to the Lincoln Memorial, the National Mall and many interesting sights. It is a short walk (no more than 2 blocks) from the White House. The hotel staff were very good - in particular the concierge (Cynthia) was helpful, both in terms of describing the local area and helping with the airline dropping off my delayed luggage. She both texted and called when it had been delivered. A great stay and I would recommend the hotel.
This hotel is very well located for those wishing to tour round the great sights of Washington.
The rooms (and especial our suite were all that one could hope for.
However the service throughout was disappointing. From the front door through the eating areas and even room service). The public spaces were limited to a bar (because of service and pricing we actually started going across the road for a drink). The restaurant was closed when we were there.)
With better service this could be a great hotel.