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Sofitel Philadelphia
120 S. 17th St.
Philadelphia, PA 19103

Joie de Vivre in the City of Brotherly Love

Classic Lobby with French Panache

Fine wines, fragrant cheeses, châteaux, joie de vivre, Catherine Deneuve, Alexandre Dumas, Toulouse-Lautrec and the Eiffel Tower. The reasons to adore France are endless. And for those Francophiles who want a little nibble of France wherever they are, Sofitel Accor Hotels & Resorts offers yet one more. From Egypt to Brazil, Sofitel’s distinctly French service and style can be found around the globe. You’ll even find it in one of the United States’ most all-American cities: Philadelphia.

Inhabiting the former Philadelphia Stock Exchange (just a block from Rittenhouse Square in the city’s self-styled French Quarter), the Sofitel Philadelphia is deceiving upon approach. The boxy limestone and glass façade is definitely not something you’d find in Saint-Germain-des-Prés. But inside is another story entirely … a gift shop selling Parisian cookbooks and Babar dolls, a Parisian-style bakery, a brasserie dedicated to Colette and specially commissioned French couture staff uniforms. You’ll have a hard time believing you’re in the home of the Liberty Bell, Rocky and the Philly cheese steak.

Executive Suite
Presidential Suite

The interior of this fourteen-floor property has been restored and renovated with great taste, beginning with the lobby floor, whose toffee toned granite and marble pattern was inspired by Shaker quilts—the gracious union of French panache with Shaker influences is one of the most elegant aspects of this hotel. This dramatic floor provides the stage for the hotel’s long-running show: La Bourse. The lobby lounge is a classic urban space, with nightly piano music, torch singers and floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the street.

We’re particularly fond of Chez Colette, the house brasserie. This charming venue evokes Paris in its 1920s heyday, and you can easily imagine Hemingway joining Gertrude Stein here for gossip and a bite to eat. Antique Parisian posters, terracotta floor tiles and the story of Colette on the menu add homey, intimate touches. As for the menu, look for chef Sylvain Harribey’s Gallic classics, such as escargot, onion soup and house pâté. We would also like to note the well-priced wine list.

Chez Colette

While it's easy to see the odes to French country in the contemporary bedrooms (those buttery yellows are straight out of Provence), you’ll notice a little Zen and a touch of cosmopolitan living, as well. If this sounds like a recipe for discord, it’s not. There is a harmony to the fusion. Cherrywood furnishings and original artwork highlight the décor, and suites have bedrooms separated from living areas with lovely paned, frosted glass doors. Along with all the expected amenities, there is high-speed Internet access and evening turndown with Evian water and a freshly cut rose.

Although ideal for leisure travelers, the hotel also caters to the corporate crowd with two floors of meeting space, including a ballroom that can accommodate up to 300. With names such as Cannes and Versailles, the meeting rooms are like every other aspect of the Philadelphia Sofitel: they provide function and comfort with a romantic, luxurious French twist.

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