Sofitel Lafayette Square Washington DC Hotel

, Washington DC, United States
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Sofitel Lafayette Square Washington DC Hotel

4 star

Rooms: 237

806 15th Street NW - Washington DC - District of Columbia - 20005 - United States Hotel Website | | 202 730 8800
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super service

from lindoor
This hotel exceded my expectations. Super smoth check in. Every employee was very helpful. The room had a separate shower and bath. Great soap and shampoo. Large fluffy towels. The bed was very comfortable. Excellent free coffee in the morning. Location was perfect and close to many restaurants and shops. Can't wait to go back.

Always my first choice

from warthog
I work at a firm down the street from the Sofitel, and use it as a "home away from home" during busy periods. I've spent the better part of 30 nights there in the past 18 months. Short summary: I love the place, and always look foward to staying there (even if I'm there because it means I'm too busy at the office to go home at the end of the day).

The rooms consistently have the best beds I have encountered anywhere, with heavy down duvets and many down pillows (I will admit the "Heavenly" brand beds found at high-end Westin properties come in a very close second). Built-in individual halogen reading lamps in the headboard over each side of the bed are a nice touch.

Standard rooms are a bit on the small side by U.S. standards, but should be very comfortable for European travellers and those used to hotels in older buildings in big cities. Even a one tier upgrade, to their "deluxe" rooms, can make a tremendous difference in size, particularly in rooms that face H street (great soundproofing in all rooms, btw. Never hear road noise, even during rushhour on low floors).

The rooms are uniformly clean, both upon arrival and at the end of each day. Adequate storage space for clothes for stays up to about a week; much more than that and you may end up keeping some things in your suitcases. Cleaning staff is good about straightening up personal items left in the room, without leaving you with a feeling that someone has gone through your things.

The bathrooms make the place, with everything you would need already provided, and great water pressure. They also scent the rooms with something. It is a smell that to this day I cannot identify, but that I associate with soothing feelings even in times of great stress.

High speed internet access is good, but expensive - as are the contents of the Minibar. Rooms always seem to have a good work desk and lots of lighting. Staff is excellent, and very responsive, even if there are too many French accents about for my taste.

Food in the restaraunt is uniformly good, but uniformly expensive - I rarely ate there when I could not expense it. This is not a problem, as there are a number of good options close by: directly across the street is world-class steak at Bobby Van's (Not cheap either, but i'd put the porterhouse for 2 against Peter Lugar's in NYC). As another user mentioned, Georgia Brown's is 2 blocks away, and a D.C. favorite (Not cheap either, but less than the hotel). The deli at the end of the block (15th and I) is also a great lunch option, as is the Corner Bakery one block further up 15th. If you can get reservations (or are willing to wait for a table / eat at the bar), the Old Ebbitt Grill at the corner of 15th and G is slightly less expensive and not to be missed. For breakfast, there are literally five Starbucks locations within three blocks of the hotel.

All told, there are better hotels in the world that this Sofitel, but they are few, far between, and generally much more expensive. No there is not a pool, and no, you don't have a view of the White House (2 blocks away), but for what you actually use a hotel for - the bed, the bath, and a central location, you simply can't go wrong with this one if it is within your price range.

great location, nice hotel, good value

from jenaye
Recently stayed at the DC Sofitel in February 2005. We were planning a grown up weekend away and wanted to stay in a nicer hotel, but didn't really want to be in the Georgetown area. We looked at the Four Season and Ritz, room rates started at $300 for the Ritz and $400 for the Four Season and both were down in Georgetown. We were planning to do the touristy stuff around the Mall so we picked the Sofitel. We paid $239 and that was a 2 level upgrade. I don't really know what that got us other than an outside room. Their website doesn't give a lot of room info, at least as far as descriptions of the various room catagories. I really liked the hotel, the location is great, for warmer weather, it's well within walking distance to all the museums. We left our car with valet, which was quick and courteous as was all the staff at the hotel, bellman, check-in, room service. We always were acknowledged upon departure or return. I thought in comparison to what alot of the hotels in DC run, this was a reasonable rate for a nicer hotel. I can't imagine that the room at the Ritz would have been any nicer for close to $100 more. Really nice down comforter, comfy pillows, a little contemporary in style, separate tub and marble shower, nice toiletries. I was very pleased. I would recommend, especially if you want to be in more of the Downtown area.

Excellent. Period.

from A TripAdvisor Member
I love Sofitels. I've always had good experience in them. This one, I can say, is much better than the Sofitel NY. I stayed at the Lafayette Sofitel in July 2004. Rooms are significantly larger than the NY counterpart. Maintenance and upkeep is better. Access to transportation and subway is good (around 2 blocks away). Service is courteous and excellent.

Room decor is typical North American Sofitel. Muted colors with contemporary art. Standard marble bathroom.

Only minor complaint, was that on the first day, the bedsheets didn't exactly smell fresh - it smelled slightly moldy. A quick call down to room service rectified the problem.

Would highly recommend.

perfect service

from A TripAdvisor Member
Stayed for 3 nights at the sofitel - service and location were exceptional the rooms were fantastic and couldn't have wanted better

Absolutely loved the Sofitel

from A TripAdvisor Member
I stayed at the Sofitel for a job interview while in DC. I loved the hotel and its location. I would highly recommend this hotel to anyone. I really enjoyed the fact that all of the staff spoke French (as well as English). If I go back to DC I plan on staying here again. :)

Great service

from lawahoo2001
Stayed two nights here. The service was excellent all around (from the doorman to the concierge). The room was very nicely appointed (modern decor, marble bathroom) and fairly large. I requested a quiet room, which they gave me (one at the end of hall). I requested a non-smoking room. I was on a floor labeled "non-smoking," but it still smelled like a smoking floor in the hallway and in the room. It wasn't too bad, though. Not the most posh hotel to stay in D.C., but definitely a very nice and swanky one.

Incredible Service

from A TripAdvisor Member
I had the pleasure of staying at the Sofitel in DC during New Years. It was a good and pleasant experience, indeed because of the staff. The staff, is beyond and above the call of duty, they make you feel very welcomed. I stayed on the 10th floor, on the corner and had “okay” views of the streets along 15th. The windows do not open, and being a smoker, can be a fogging experience. The bathrooms were elegant, the bathtub is comfortable, but shallow, the shower is separate, and of course the robe and slippers were what I needed after a hard night on the town, New Years Eve. There is a glass shelf which runs beneath the mirror in the bathroom , and when washing ones face, be careful to not bang your head when raising back up, it was rather painful. I was disappointed that there was no coffee maker in the room, I live on coffee, and it was room service, and not cheap. There is a Starbucks across the street. The mini bar is not cheap either. 3 dollars for a coke, was the cheapest item on the menu. To rent a movie, family, comedy, or adult is 15.17 cents with tax. Valet Parking is 26 dollars a day. There is also a garage tax of 3.12 added to this. My coke from the mini bar was 3 dollars plus a .30 cents tax. In a hotel of the caliber, you will not find vending machines, nor was there a lobby shop of any kind…so pack some snacks. In the Le Bar one night, I had the salmon, a garden salad, one glass of wine (10.00) and before tip and tax the total was 47 dollars. It was a great meal, I enjoyed very much, but I did leave hungry. Again, the staff was beautiful, friendly, and warm. I have no complaints with this hotel. The rooms were very comfortable, the bedding lovely. If you love beautiful old hotels, if you can stay out of the mini bar, don’t rent a movie, and eat else where, do without a coffee pot in the room or windows that open , you have a great place to stay, in a great location, and again, a staff above and beyond the call.

re very rich or on an expense account

from A TripAdvisor Member
I stayed here a couple of times for about $350 a night, fortunately on an expense account. For that price, I got a hotel with no pool, a mediocre gym, and a room with no view of anything (just a depressed roof surrounded by higher buildings). Not only that, the Internet access was $17 a day. I went to breakfast in the hotel and ordered a fruit plate (the cheapest thing on the menu), a cup of coffee, and an orange juice, and that was $27 including tip. Fortunately there's a deli on the block. Parking was $26 a day. They also charged me a $1 a call for calls to my *calling card.*

My recommendation -- stay at the Embassy Suites near Dupont Circle, which is cheaper, gives you a bigger room, free calling-card calls, free internet access, a pool, and a free breakfast.

Wonderful hotel

from atravellerboston
Sofitel is a wonderful hotel and we had a great stay. We booked the hotel one day before our arrival at D.C on a Saturday for $149/night. The hotel‘s location is great, 10 minutes taxi ride from DCA and walking distance to all the major attractions. The room is very nice and clean. Even though the bathtub is not a deep soaking tub but the marble bathroom overall is great. The concierge recommended a wonderful restaurant called Georgia Brown that is only about 1.5 blocks away from the hotel. The southern style food is delicious and you can tell it is definitely popular with locals (the place is still packed after 11).( The brunch in Les Halles is also great! definitely recommend). And the next day when we tried to tip the bellman for taking our luggage when we were leaving, he graciously declined. I’ve never met a hotel staff that will decline a tip before, especially when he’s been very cordial and helpful all the time. For some reason I’m very impressed by that. It makes me feel that they truly care for their guests, not just care for the guests because of the tip. I can’t say if it is the hotel general practice or just the act of the bellman himself, but it makes the stay in Sofitel an even better experience.

Top Local Tips for Washington DC

Buses v Taxi's We tried to use the circulator around the town but it isn't clear when it goes and how often it works. If you can catch it and you want to go to a tourist site then it's a bargain. We found that walking (if you're fit and prepared to walk far) was fine and that Taxi's are a fair price (if you are English and you make sure they aren't ripping you off) For one trip to georgetown we were charged $5 over what it should have been and dumped in the middle of nowhere. .... and breakfast at the Old Ebbits Grill and steak at Bobby Vans were both great!

grab a cab For groups of 2 or more, Instead of paying $30 plus per person on a bus tour, grab a cab, ask the driver for 2-3 hours of his time, agree a set fee, and enjoy the sites, at your pace and of your choice - even have time for a stop off at Starbucks!

have an AWESOME romantic dinner at asia nora we had our anniversary dinner at asia nora and they went OUT OF THEIR WAY to make it a really special night, down to CUSTOM fortune cookies (i called a few days ahead for a reservation and told them it was a special occasion and not only did they give us a great table, but also suggested that i tell them what to write in my husband's fortune cookie). not only did they somehow remember to give the right message to the right person, but they had a full house of patrons and made us feel like they opened the restuarant just for us that night. to top it off, the food was PHENOMENAL and we can't wait to go back to dc just to visit here again.

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  • Address: 806 15th Street NW - Washington DC - District of Columbia - 20005 - United States
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