As we walked into The Sofitel (http://www.sofitel-new-york.com ) on 44th street, the scent of L’Artisen Fig Tree welcomed us the lush waiting area, sexily dimmed and expertly designed by Pierre-Yves Rochon. An impossible level calm was achieved as we took in the orchids and wooded end tables, and were greeted by several French concierges. With its rich, musky atmosphere and elegant clientele, Sofitel New York has the ambience of a prestigious private club combined with the warmth of a gracious home.
For Valentine’s Day the hotel recently offered its Zou Bisou Bisou package, which included special delivery of a dozen red roses with breakfast in bed and in-room couple’s massage by candlelight. Though V- Day has past, those visiting can still experience their sumptuous Magnique Romance package year-round. This includes a bottle of champagne on ice delivered to the hotel room, chocolate and flowers on arrival, breakfast served in bed (with complimentary international newspapers), and a late check out of 4:00pm for yourself or a significant other. We imagine this would be ideal for visitors in midtown for work, or on a romantic couple’s weekend in the city, who want to be close to the center of it all but still experience a slow, European glamor.
If you’re looking to unwind, spend some time at the fitness center before retiring to the SoBed™ - Sofitel’s luxurious feather top & duvet sleep system, and the bathrooms stocked with Hermes products. Our tip for year-round-romance is the Luxury King Suite or the prestige terrace suite. Located on the 24th floor, it offers 650-1,000 square feet, and 60-92 meters of space, almost unheard of in NYC, along with a private terrace overlooking the Manhattan skyline.
While the neighborhood offers plenty of options of kitschy or crowded dining, Cafe Gaby prepares an understatedly sexy meal or cocktail set against the background of their art deco surroundings. Expertly overseen by chef Sylvain Harribey, winner of “Chopped,” the recent Valentine’s Day tasting menu included Ahi tuna seasoned with shallots, cilantro, and jalapeños served on a bed of avocado, lotus root chips, and sauce “rouge”as well as Rack of Lamb & Tarte Fine Provençale--oven roasted ginger-marinated rack of lamb served on a baked puff pastry Provençal vegetable tart, with rosemary parmesan oil and frisée salad. Delicious, but their year-round offerings are just as good.
While the hotel offers everything you could need for a romantic evening, nearby is Rockefeller Center, Times Square, Broadway theaters, world-famous restaurants, art museums and corporate headquarters. Afterwards, relax just a few blocks away in the ultimate luxury—quiet.
Couples who are looking for a little spark of romance in all this winter gloom can also check out their newest package:
Sofitel New York, the Midtown hotel with a decidedly French accent, is offering a Winter Weekend Getaway package with rates starting at just $379. The package includes:
• Overnight stay in a Queen room
• Chocolate welcome amenity
• Breakfast for two at Gaby Brasserie Francaise
• Ice skating passes for two at Rockefeller Center
• Two complimentary cocktails at Gaby Bar
For reservations or more information, visit www.sofitel.com or call (212) 354-8844.