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
- Handicap Accessible
- 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
Terrible customer service!
The Front Desk offered to post a set of letters for me. 3 weeks later I started to receive complaints from the intended recipients who had not received the letters. Despite repeated efforts using the recommended methods to contact the hotel, I have not received a response. I even tried to call Accor HQ in London which takes you to a recored message saying the voice mail is all and no longer taking messages! The letters were obviously not posted, but the evidence suggests all is not well with the Accor Group of hotels.
Whenever an organisation refuses to respond, it is very annoying. In my case, I represent an 800-year old University that is consistently ranked in the world's top 5 so our professional reputation is being badly damaged by this situation. My local dry cleaners has better customer service. Great customer service costs nothing. Covering-up a mistake and closing ranks behind the organisation suggests an institutional defect. I won't be staying here again and I'd strongly recommend you don't either.
Nice hotel in a great location with a good breakfast restaurant. If you want a gym, which should be standard for a 5* hotel, stay somewhere else.
This itself is one the best hotels I stayed in. Great place, very clean, well designed, big screen in the room, fairly cheap(except of a car park), really helpful concierge and polite (lady was from Philly who gave some advice about the city as we were headed to Philadelphia in next few days). Just great in overall
The Washington Sofitel ticks all the boxes. It is well located - only a 5 minute stroll from the White House. It has a very pleasant and welcoming bar area and restaurant. The bar area extends to the side walk which was a great place to sit with a choice of well priced cocktails and watch the world go by. The rooms are a good size and well structured with very a comfortable king bed along with quality linen and an good sized bathroom as well . The staff are friendly and very helpful in planning what to visit and when in this city of many features.