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Sofitel Washington DC Lafayette Square
806 15th St. NW
Washington DC, 20005

French Connection, Washington DC
American History and European Pedigree
by Stacie Stukin

A Francophile at heart

The Sofitel Lafayette Square Washington DC embodies not only the American history of this capital city but also the French pedigree which makes it a classic Sofitel property. Situated on the site where President Andrew Johnson once lived, the historic building is on a square, named after the French Marquis de Lafayette, who fought for the colonies and commanded American troops during the revolutionary war. Later, the same property was bought by Levi. P. Morton, a New York banker and congressman, who opened the prestigious Omni Shoreham Hotel and later helped cement ties between the United States and France by accepting the Statue of Liberty from the French government in 1884.

Today, the classic 1920s Arte Moderne building houses Sofitel Lafayette Square. When Accor purchased the building in 1999, they scrupulously preserved the property to conserve the marble floors, the rich moldings and the gold leaf details that make this hotel a genteel, grown-up homage to the luxury of Art Deco.

Elegant dining
Contemporary comfort

Walking distance from the White House, minutes from The National Theater, the Smithsonian Institution, the Convention Center, and various government agencies and embassies, the hotel’s location is great for leisure or work. During the week, international business travelers take advantage of the business center with Wi-Fi, luxury meeting spaces and first-class cuisine service.

At night, Le Bar fills up with local revelers from nearby offices that come to imbibe a wide variety of martinis, listen to contemporary lounge music and eat appetizers or deserts like the über-rich chocolate cake for two.

Le Bar
Full fitness

The 237 rooms are just as luxe as the rest of the hotel with added perks like generous workspace, dual-line phones with voicemail, and tubs in every room. The sleek and comfortable décor of renowned French designer Pierre-Yves Rochon leaves nothing undone, from the creamy palette with hints of bold, rich reds. The thick carpet and velvet curtains give the inescapable feeling that you are somewhere in 1930s Paris. Book a room on a high floor facing 15th Street for a nice tree-lined view.

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