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Sofitel Washington, D.C. Lafayette Square

806 15th St. NW, Washington, DC 20005, United States

This stately boutique, French-owned hotel takes its cue from the nearby White House, with its eye-catching, French-accented, American heritage decor. A meticulously detail-oriented staff, chic (albeit somewhat petite) guest rooms, and the ICI Urban Bistro beloved for its creative French dishes are just some of the reasons guests keep coming back.

Ask room service for a complimentary, in-room coffee/tea machine.

Luxury Room
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The rooms are spacious and sumptuous, designed with the nearby White House's Red Room in mind. Ultra luxurious amenities include Bose sound system and a 55-inch flat-screen TV. Many guests claim they've gotten their best night sleep ever here.

YOU SHOULD KNOW Many of the rooms have internal views, making them somewhat somber.

Luxury Room
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Photo: Bathroom


Luxurious marble bathrooms feature bathtubs and separate rainfall showers.

Photo: Bathroom
Hotel Lobby
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There's not really a lobby, just two little alcoves with seating near the registration desk, with additional bench seating along the entrance hallway. That said, the alcoves are beautifully furnished, evoking rooms in the nearby White House.

Hotel Lobby
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There's no pool.


There's no spa.

Fitness Center
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There's a modern fitness center.

Fitness Center
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The casual-chic Ici Urban Bistro serves up New American fare with a French twist in a contemporary, red-splashed setting adorned with modern art.


Masterful mixologists at Le Bar create innovative cocktails for DC’s power elite; light bites include sandwiches, charcuterie, and five varieties of fries.


Getting Around

The Sofitel is located in the heart of downtown DC, just a couple blocks from the White House, with the city's major monuments and museums an easy walk away. Parking is expensive and traffic can be horrendous; you're better off relying on cabs and public transportation. The McPherson Square metro station is just a block away.


The Lafayette Room at the nearby Hay-Adams (4-min walk), noted for its impeccable service and White House views, is especially popular among the power elite; the menu features upscale contemporary American cuisine. Steaks, seafood and the legendary dishes of Joe’s Stone Crab, a Miami-based restaurant established a century ago, are served up at Joe's Seafood Prime Steak and Stone Crab (1-min walk), just across the street.


The trendy (and sometimes snooty) POV at W rooftop bar (5-min walk) has panoramas over the White House and the National Mall; the views are especially spectacular in the evening, when the monuments glow with ethereal white light. An Orient Express essence pervades the luxurious St. Regis Bar (5-min walk), with its Chesterfield leather sofas, archway doors and soft lighting.


We love the nod to history, with the Americana and Parisian touches illuminating Washington's historical link to the French--it was a Frenchman, after all, who designed the city's layout (and they helped bail us out during the Revolutionary War). That said, there are plenty of modern touches (funky light fixtures, unexpected accents of chartreuse and turquoise) to keep it from getting too stodgy. When you think about it, it's all very Jackie O.


Family, Service
237 rooms, including 16 suites
Breakfast yes
Lunch yes
Dinner yes
Bar yes
Cafe no
Room Service yes
Free Parking


Phones: 202-730–8800

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