Escape the humdrum of New York by retreating into the quiet respite of… Times Square? Yes, the Sofitel New York, a French luxury hotel on West 44th Street, combines the best of Paris and Manhattan inside a peaceful 398-room Art Deco boutique hotel. Catering to a sophisticated, international clientele, the property has a French ambassador on staff at all times, while the paintings, tapestries, and sculptures dotting the reception area, elevators, and ballrooms celebrate the relationship between New York and Paris with famous landmarks represented throughout. Here's a snapshot of our relaxing 24-hour stay at the gorgeous hotel:
Luxury rooms are replete with sumptuous featherbeds and city views
We pass through the living room-esque lobby to the check-in desk tucked quietly off to the left. Before heading up to room 2422, one of the hotel’s four suites with a private terrace complete with outdoor seating, bamboo privacy wall, and views of the Chrysler Building, we stop in at Gaby restaurant for one of Executive Chef Sylvain Harribey’s De-Light breakfasts—a calorie conscious meal designed in conjunction with Thalassa Sea & Spa, a leading French nutrition and wellness destination. “When I eat I want to enjoy the true taste of the ingredients,” says Harribey, a past winner on Food Network’s Chopped, who prepares everything from a De-Light egg white omelet with green asparagus, sundried tomatoes, wild mushrooms, and tomato coulis to more hearty egg dishes served with sautéed baby fingerling potatoes, asparagus, onions, and peppers. “I like to keep the menu classic, with a twist.” A French press of Lavazza coffee and we’re off to face the day.
PHOTOGRAPHY BY WILLIAM HUBER