Sofitel Paris La Defense
What We Love
- The beds! A unique concept designed for Sofitel, the perfect night’s sleep combines a firm base with a duck down mattress topper and quality linens
- The fantastic view along Paris’s famous "axe historique," from the Arc de Triomphe to the Louvre
- The elegance of the interiors, designed by Jean-Philippe Nuel
What To Know
- This is an intimate hotel, with 151 guestrooms, but it still attracts more business travelers than tourists
- Situated outside central Paris, in the shiny business district; it takes only minutes to get to the city center, but this is not a typical or a twee Parisian experience
- There is a private garage with valet parking
- Apple TVs available on request in every room
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
From the Paul Smith–inspired bands of color on the bedroom curtains to the refined pinstripe of the reception area’s carpet and the fresh orchids in every nook, this hotel has a sophisticated allure. A Monet-esque illuminated fresco welcomes guests to the private underground garage, while other works of art by contemporary French artist Ruddy Candillon in the hotel’s public areas bring pools of vibrant color to these otherwise sober surroundings and affirms the hotel’s commitment to modernity.
Bed and Bath
With 135 guestrooms, 15 suites and a Prestige Suite, this hotel feels both intimate and elegant. Few of the rooms have views, but the bathrooms are spacious and offer luxe Hermès products. The rooms are stylishly decked out, and the beds are heaven. Their secret lies in a firm base, a duck down mattress topper and the finest linens. As you might expect, every available mod con makes your stay here comfortable and convenient. Rooms are kitted out with flat-screen TVs, Bose sound systems, iPod docking stations and high-speed Internet connections.
L’Italian Lounge sits under enormous skylights and caters to both hotel guests and locals who come to enjoy the Mediterranean-inspired fare. Breakfast is a copious affair, with bacon and eggs on offer as well as lighter continental fare, such as croissants. Private dining is also available at La Tavola, which organizes business lunches and soirées. Enjoy a his-or-hers bespoke vodka-based cocktail in the hotel bar, where a DJ plays every Thursday night. You can work off all the excesses the next morning in the hotel’s fitness center.
In the Area
The pedestrian entrance to the hotel is steps from a fantastic view of Paris. The river Seine lies like a glittering ribbon between you and the city, with the Champs-Elysées and the Arc de Triomphe in the distance. Before hitting the old town, explore the architecture and monumental contemporary art of the unique La Défense district. Work by artists such as Joan Miro and Alexander Calder is on permanent display. Check out Tour First, which at 757 feet is the tallest skyscraper in France. Climb up the Grande Arche de la Défense, perhaps the most famous of all of late President Mitterand’s “grands projets,” and make the most of the riverside sights with a trip on a Bateau Mouche. Then, finally, hop on the nearby metro and soar over the Seine to hit the Champs-Elysées’ countless boutiques, from the cheap and cheerful Etam Lingerie to the très chic Louis Vuitton.
How to Get There
A “budget” alternative to staying in central Paris is to check out the Sofitel in La Defense on Friday or Saturday nights. It’s a business hotel and the area is very quiet (some might say dead) on weekends which makes for a restful experience. The staff were very courteous and allowed me an early check-in (much appreciated after a long flight from North America). There are numerous grocery and pastry shops as well as cafes in the nearby underground mall. About a 10-minute metro ride to Chatelet/Les Halles.
Nice hotel good facilities, good location in the La Defense area.
But staff e.g. cleaning seems to be lacking proper training.
A pitty since many of the employees and management tries to provide good service.
This is a good hotel for business stays as it is in the heart of La Defense, but lacks a bit the personal touches and luxury one would expect from a five star hotel.
That said, the location is good and approximately 30 min. by metro to all the attractions. The hotel breakfast was very good with outstanding service.
If you come to the Sofitel by taxi or car you will arrive through the maze of tunnels that run under La Defense and be dropped by a Sofitel sign. There is a basic reception at that level and you will then need to take a lift to the ground floor where the reception in. The lobby of the hotel is not an inspiring space it is both quite dark with little or no natural light, jumbled, cramped and looks dated. There was a short queue when I arrived. The check in process was quite efficient however the information shared by the person checking in was limited and had I realised that there is no information in the room then I would have asked questions such as what time does breakfast start and finish and where the gym to be found and what the operating hours are.
My room on the third room looked over a courtyard and had offices overlooking it. There was little natural light getting into the room due to the size of the window and it being overlooked. The electric lighting in the room was not sufficient and made work in the room difficult.
As mentioned above, there was no information about the hotel services (other than room service) in the room which meant that I had to call down to the front desk.
The bed was a good size and comfortable. There were adequate customer sockets for charging devices. The room safe was of sufficient size to store a laptop.
There was a table and a desk in the room. However when I arrived these were jammed up next to each other, so I had to move the table so that I could work at the desk.
There was a reasonable selection of English language channels.
The bathroom was a reasonable size with a walk in shower and products by Hermes. The shower had a decent pressure and finding the right temperature was easy.
There was a docking station for iPod/iPhone and a Bose radio/cd player in the room.
A small bottle of Evian was provided each day.
Wifi was complementary and ran at a reasonable speed. A faster speed is available at a premium.
The gym is open 24 hours a day using the room key. There are two running machines, a multi-gym machine, a rowing machine and a bike. There is some room for floor exercises and a small number of dumbells.
Breakfast is served on the ground floor in the restaurant. This is a relatively small space with limited natural light. The food selection was disappointing for a Softiel. Certainly not up to the standard of Sofitel's in Asia. For instance there was canned and chopped pineapple and no other fresh tropical fruit. There was no bircher muesli and the cooked food was not refreshed with sufficient frequency. On my first day I had the last piece of bacon.
When I ordered a double espresso macchiato, I was surprised to be served a latte. When I explained what I was after, following the waitress going to check with the kitchen, I was told that they could not make one and that was it all right to have a double espresso served with warm milk on the side.
Room service was quick and efficient, though certainly not cheap.
There is a Starbucks attached to the hotel that can be entered either from the street or from the lobby.
Check out was efficient and a taxi came promptly when ordered.
Having stayed at the nearby Novotel it is not obvious that the Sofitel is worth paying the extra money for.
Very good location, very professionnel staff, the whole team is very caring for us.
Nice room, very great bathroom, washroom products are sublime, excellent bedding. It was quiet and peaceful. I didn't hear any noise or almost.
However the hotel, the bar, the restaurant and the room are a little bit dark, lacking in light and clarity.
Wardrobe is too small. Excellent breakfast in my room, service at the highest level,
The whole team is very caring for us.
Finally, I would highly recommend this hotel