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
This is a typical business hotel in a business district. In that sense it does the job very well. It’s a typical Sofitel- very good service, comfortable and clean with very helpful, efficient staff. But if you’re looking for a wow factor or somewhere in a scenic part of Paris this isn’t what you need. Also the bar/restaurant was expensive, even by Paris prices, in an area where there aren’t many other options, especially at a weekend. I guess again that’s aimed at those on an expense account. It doesn’t have the style of the Berlin KuDamm Sofitel, and is, in relative terms more expensive. So very good, but not quite excellent in my view.
Very good staff. Rooms big , clean with coffee and tea. Bathroom clean with everything you need. Good quality towels.. Very good breakfast and gentle staff.
Metro near the hotel plus a big mall , cinemas, retaurants.
A great stay at Sofitel La Defense, from check in to check out the friendly staff all went above and beyond to answer questions about Paris and assist during the stay. The room was clean and well appointed with all the luxury extras you’d expect from a Sofitel property. La Defense is easily accessible from the nearby metro station and only a few stops into central Paris. It does get very quiet in the La Defense area over weekend, so be prepared to travel for meals/coffee/drinks etc unless you eat at the hotels restaurant.
After an initial negative impression (things seemed missing but were rather misplaced, the telephone on the desk not working but the one on the bedside did) we were able to enjoy a good bedding, clean room, good breakfast and very helpful staff. Rather smallish rooms but very good for Paris and not the large spaces for the bar, lounge and restaurant that you usually find in Sofitel but good enough for a short visit to Paris.
The food for the evening isn't great and I had expected much more. it is very low-regular and overpriced. I normally get some vouchers for drinks and this time no-one offered them nor anything to feel best welcomed in the hotel. Service from the staff is extremely friendly and positive.