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Nov 06 2015

Sofitel Washington DC: Luxury Hotel In Lafayette Square

Washington, D.C., has no shortage of accommodation and with several neighborhoods to choose from, tourists can wonder where to start. Our last trip to the Capital was for the Landmark Music Festival, so we knew we wanted to be close to the Mall. We settled on one of our favorite hotel brands, Sofitel, and decided to see what the Washington property has to offer.


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The Location


Sofitel Washington DC Lafayette Square, as it turns out, is convenient to way more than just The National Mall. We walked everywhere all weekend, yet felt tucked away on a slower part of 15th street. The sidewalks are full of suits, but the cleverly landscaped corner feels calm and green despite being surrounded by concrete. Walk one block West and you’ll be in Lafayette Square with a beautiful view of the White House. 

The Rooms


Sofitel rooms all over the world have yet to disappoint us. We had a very DC view of the attractive neighboring building and busy sidewalk below. The bathroom had a separate tub and shower with plenty of counter space. We had a large closet to unpack and get organized for our short stay, and a desk in case we decided to get some work done (we didn’t).


We loved the colors and modern furniture in the bedroom. The grays and shades of maroon are sophisticated and artsy, but still make the room feel warm. This visit to Sofitel revealed to us the secret of their amazing beds. Apparently Sofitel So beds are topped with a thick down cushion that must be fluffed every time the beds are made. Well worth the extra work! And now we know why we never want to get up in the morning.


The convenient location makes Sofitel DC perfect for business travelers and families alike. While our particular room was perfect for a couple or a business traveler, the hotel has luxury suites that can sleep more people with room to stretch out.

The Food


Speaking of not wanting to leave the king bed, we indulged with breakfast in our room and were very pleased with the dishes we chose: a traditional American breakfast and muesli with fresh fruit. It wouldn’t be a Sofitel breakfast without a basket of fresh bread and French press coffee. Since we were out late at the Landmark Music Festival, we ordered a late night dinner of a burger and a cheesy flat bread. Perfect for a late meal. The food arrived quickly and was delicious.

We suggest making time for a drink in Le Bar on the first floor. Our bartender was happy to talk us through the cocktail menu and recommend a drink we both loved. The service was speedy and everyone we interacted with was extremely pleasant. For a daytime meal, the outside patio is an ideal spot for people watching.


An especially interesting feature of the Sofitel Washington DC is that they have beehives on the roof. An unexpected detail for the middle of the city, but certainly a smart idea. These bees are treated to a rooftop view of the capital and unrestricted access to the one and only White House garden. La Miel can be purchased from the hotel as a unique souvenir for travelers.


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Quick Tips


  • We recommend Sofitel for couples, business travelers and families
  • Easy location for exploring the city and getting on the metro if needed – you can walk to plenty of sites
  • Don’t miss Le Bar!
  • Visit Sofitel Washington DC online for more information and to book a room


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Evanne Allen

Evanne co-founded Poplar Travels after quitting her job in Washington, D.C. She got itchy feet at a young age and has never lost the urge to explore the planet. A previous museum employee, she is apt to drag travel partners into several cultural institutions anywhere she goes. She wishes she could speak every language and loves meeting new people.

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