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Sofitel Philadelphia 4.0

Center City, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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Pros

  • Convenient location in downtown Rittenhouse Square shopping and dining district
  • Spacious, stylish rooms all feature coffeemakers; many have separate lounges and city views
  • Elegant bathrooms feature separate tubs and showers, and designer toiletries
  • Cozy restaurant serves French-inspired fare; bar open until wee hours
  • Extensively-equipped gym open 24/7
  • Room service available almost around the clock
  • Excellent breakfast buffet (costs extra)
  • Business center with Apple Macs and free Wi-Fi throughout 
  • 16 meeting rooms can accommodate up to 250 guests
  • Secure private parking and valet parking available (costs extra)
  • Pets allowed free of charge

Cons

  • Breakfast costs extra
  • Furniture in some rooms is worn
  • Extra fees for parking
  • No pool or spa 

Bottom Line

The 306-room Sofitel Philadelphia is a firmly upscale option that’s conveniently located in the downtown Rittenhouse Square shopping district. The elegant, modern lobby displays local artists’ work, while spacious rooms sport stylish decor. All rooms have Keurig coffeemakers, and many have separate lounges, though some furniture is worn. There’s an excellent breakfast buffet (not included), and the cozy a-la-carte restaurant and bar serves French-inspired meals and cocktails until the wee hours. Room service is available almost around the clock. The 24-hour gym is extensively equipped, the business center features Apple Macs, and conference rooms can host up to 250. Pets stay free, there’s free Wi-Fi throughout, and secure self-parking and valet parking are available for a fee. The Hotel Palomar Philadelphia across the street has more striking boutique style, though rates are higher.

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Scene

Elegant French chain hotel with a lobby featuring local artwork

Set in a contemporary tower, this firmly upscale property makes a big deal of its marriage of French and American style, and it’s generally a successful combination. The elegant, modern lobby displays canvases by local artists, alongside attractive floor lanterns, vaulted white ceilings, and neutral-toned geometric floor tiling -- the only drawback is the lack of much natural night. The large reception desk has a patterned blue-gray and black frontage, and a brown-paneled backdrop with more modern art accents. Generic, rather dated and overly busy hallways are a letdown, with ugly peach-cream patterned walls, brown-and-yellow carpets, and dated elevators. But highlights include cozy Liberte restaurant’s large central chandelier-style downlighting, floor-to-ceiling windows, and heavy dark shelves stacked with books. Chez Colette has a decidedly French vibe, featuring wooden roller blinds and navy-blue-accented rugs and banquette seating. This chic and French-owned chain property is popular with business travelers, and tourists who are in town to shop and eat. 

Location

Busy and convenient downtown location, close to shops, restaurants, and the subway

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On a busy junction in the downtown Rittenhouse Square shopping and dining district, this Sofitel is conveniently located walking distance from boutiques, restaurants, and other Philadelphia attractions, as well as a handful of subway stations.

  • Four-minute walk to Curtis Institute of Music
  • Five-minute walk to 15th-16th & Locust subway station
  • Six-minute walk to Rittenhouse Square and Suburban subway station
  • Seven-minute walk to Walnut-Locust subway station
  • Eight-minute walk to Philadelphia City Hall
  • 14-minute walk to Franklin Institute
  • 15-minute walk to Pennsylvania Convention Center
  • 17-minute walk to Barnes Foundation
  • 19-minute walk to Philadelphia Amtrak station
  • Nine minutes to Philadelphia Museum of Art by car (17 minutes by public transportation)
  • Nine minutes to Philadelphia Zoo by car (27 minutes by public transportation)
  • 17 minutes to Philadelphia International Airport by car (28 minutes by public transportation)

Rooms

Spacious, elegant rooms, some with separate lounges and Keurig coffeemakers, plus French designer toiletries

The air-conditioned rooms at the Sofitel Philadelphia are spacious and generally chic, sporting geometric-patterned gray carpets, white-gray vertical-striped wallpaper, and brown accent walls with large modern art canvases. Beds feature sultry black headboards, gray bed skirts, and crisp white linens, and there are large freestanding bedside tables and stylish wall-mounted lamps. But some elements of the decor are dated -- like tan-wood framed, olive-green-upholstered chairs -- and some furniture is considerably worn. In pricier rooms, attractive double doors lead to large separate lounges, with large desks and elegant sofas.

Amenities include flat-screen TVs, phones, free Wi-Fi, safes, minibars, Keurig coffeemakers, robes, slippers, hairdryers, irons, and ironing boards. Accessible and family rooms are available, and family-friendly perks include child-size bathrobes and babies’ toiletries.

Spacious bathrooms are smart, with green-gray marble vanity countertops and submerged sinks, shower/tub combos with power showerheads, and separate walk-in showers with fixed showerheads. That said, some of the peach-colored tiling is a tad frumpy. Keeping with the French theme, designer miniature toiletries are by Lanvin. Windows are large, and most rooms have decent views of the city.

Features

Large gym, popular breakfast (costs extra), and all-day French restaurant and bar

There’s a decent range of facilities here for an urban hotel, though there’s no pool or spa. The 24-hour gym features an extensive selection of Lifefitness cardio and weightlifting machines and free weights. The excellent breakfast buffet (costs extra) is served in the Chez Colette restaurant, while the Liberte Urban Chic Lounge serves a-la-carte French-inspired dishes for lunch and dinner, plus cocktails. It’s open from mid-morning until the wee hours. Room service is available almost 24-hours a day, with longer weekend hours. The small business center has Apple Mac computers and printing facilities, 16 meeting rooms can accommodate 250 guests, and Wi-Fi is free throughout the hotel. Secure self-parking and valet parking are available (both for a fee), and there’s an on-site laundromat (costs extra). Pets are allowed to stay free of charge.

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Address

120 South 17th Street, (City Center West), Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19103-5115, United States

Phone

(215) 569-8300

Room Types

  • Junior Suite
  • Luxury Room
  • Prestige Suite
  • Superior Room

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