Sofitel hotels are one of the world’s best hotel brands with a global portfolio of hotels and resorts which are skewed towards Europe and Asia. Sofitel Hotels & Resorts are based in Paris, France, and are owned by AccorHotels since 1980. When you stay in a Sofitel hotel you will experience a Magnifique blend of French elegance with local culture and gastronomy.
Book a room at most Sofitel hotels via our luxury travel concierge and you get brilliant extra benefits at no extra cost, (plus you still get your loyalty points, just give our agent your Le Club AccorHotels rewards number when you book to ensure you get your points). Our exclusive free benefits at most Sofitel hotels are (min 2 night stay) are:
- Upgrade at check-in if available
- Complimentary breakfast for two at the hotel restaurant daily
- Added-value amenity chosen by each member property, typically $100 USD in value, once per stay
- Early check-in and late check-out, if available on arrival
Below we list some of the best Sofitel hotels in the world:
1. Sofitel Bali Nusa Dua Beach Resort, Bali
Sofitel Bali Nusa Dua Beach Resort is one of the best luxury hotels in Bali and has one of the best club lounges in Bali. This hotel also have some of the best hotel rooms with direct pool access in Bali.
Sofitel Bali Nusa Dua Beach Resort lies just 15 minutes from the airport and many main attractions are within easy driving distance. The resort offers gorgeously landscaped pools and 8 hectares of tropical gardens bordered by an immaculate stretch of white sand on the edge of the Indian Ocean. The modern architecture of the resort gives it a sophisticated ambiance and you can take leisurely walks along leafy pathways to get around.
The centerpiece lagoon pool is perfect for sunbathing and relaxation, soothing treatments at the SoSPA, and you can keep in shape at the SoFIT fitness center. As well as all of this you can enchant your taste buds at one of the resort’s three restaurants or kick-back with something chilled in one of their two bars.
Stay in one of the 415 well-appointed rooms which include 39 suites and villas. For that magnificent pool access, you can choose between private plunge pools or rooms with direct access to the resort’s immense lagoon pool; you really can’t go wrong with either!
2. Sofitel Legend The Grand Amsterdam
The iconic Sofitel Legend The Grand Amsterdam hotel is where heritage meets modernity. Situated between two canals, right in the heart of historic Amsterdam. The hotel offers five-star luxury, lavish rooms furnished with French elegance and grandeur, a beautiful garden terrace, and delicious culinary creations in the Michelin star restaurant: Bridges or the garden bistro: Oriole. Numerous bars, restaurants, and attractions lie just a short stroll from the hotel, including Dam Square, Madame Tussauds, de Bijenkorf, the Anne Frank House, Rijksmuseum, and Van Gogh Museum.
The hotel boasts an indoor heated pool, Sofitel FITNESS, Sofitel SPA, Hammam, and sauna. The hotel can also arrange boat trips on Amsterdam’s canals and bike rental to explore the city on two wheels.
In terms of dining, there are two restaurants and three bars and lounge areas to choose from: Bridges is a Michelin starred (fish) restaurant serving international cuisine, while Oriole serves delicious Mediterranean cuisine in a casual, laid-back garden bistro setting. In terms of bars, The Flying Dutchman brown café offers refreshing draft beers and a range of malts and whiskeys served by knowledgeable bartenders; the Library ‘Or’ offers afternoon teas in a relaxing environment, and finally, the tranquil private garden with terrace is Amsterdam’s best-kept secret and an oasis of calm away from the city\’s bustle where they serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner (weather permitting).
3. Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi, Vietnam
A prominent fixture in the heart of Hanoi since 1901, Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi beautifully combines French art de Vivre with elegant Vietnamese touches. Located just steps from the Opera House in Hanoï’s French Quarter, this legendary property brings guests into intimate contact with the opulence of another era. You can surround yourself in heritage as you stroll through stately corridors and explore its dramatic past. Daily tours of Metropole’s Path of History and the bomb shelter with historians are offered exclusively for guests staying at the hotel.
The hotel features 364 rooms and suites and excellent meeting and events facilities. The SoFIT by Sofitel gym, situated in the hotel’s inner garden, has been completely redesigned to become a prominent luxury fitness center in Hanoi. The spacious 400 sqm Le Spa du Metropole is a calming sanctuary overlooking the charming garden, courtyard, and pool, featuring private massage areas, thematic spa suites for couples, manicure, and pedicure booth, and a humid zone with a steam bath.
In terms of dining, guests can choose between the Parisian-inspired cafe La Terrasse, the popular poolside Bamboo Bar, the Vietnamese restaurant: Spices Garden, the multi-award-winning French restaurant: Le Beaulieu, the bespoke cocktail bar, whiskey lounge, and restaurant: Angelina, and the colonial-inspired Le Club Bar famous for its afternoon high tea and evening jazz performances, there’s truly something to make every gastronomic journey a memorable one.
4. SO Sofitel Singapore
The best value 5 star luxury hotel in our selection is the SO Sofitel Singapore, a luxury boutique hotel ideally located in the city-state’s central business district. This hotel fuses old-world charm with the latest media technology. Known as downtown Singapore’s funkiest hotel, this hotel AccorHotels’ 800th hotel in the Asia Pacific region.
An oasis at the heart of historic Tanjong Pagar, the hotel is strategically situated just 20 minutes from Singapore’s Changi Airport. It will be AccorHotels’ 13th hotel in Singapore and will be shortly followed by a combined 782-room Novotel and Mercure complex which will open on Stevens Road, firmly cementing the group’s position as the largest hotel operator in Singapore.
Housed within an iconic former telecommunications building and decorated with a perfect blend of both French style and chic Singaporean influences, it redefines the 5-star luxury boutique hotel experience in the Lion City and is perfect for any traveler who wishes to experience local charm at its best.
SO/ Sofitel Singapore is an audacious lifestyle hotel bursting with local energy and infused with a French twist. Located in the heart of The Lion City, the luxury boutique hotel is the perfect blend of old and new, housed in a heritage building yet fitted with the latest media technology. Enjoy unique experiences in design and gastronomy that showcase local traditions and cultures in a new light to surprise and delight
SO Sofitel Singapore offers great value as well as boutique 5-star luxury in the center of Singapore, and their rooftop infinity pool is fabulous!
5. Sofitel London St James, London
The Sofitel London St James is a grand hotel set in a beautiful old building that used to be a bank. Remnants of the old bank still remain, from the ornate high ceilings in the foyer to the swathes of marble throughout the building. The hotel has even kept remnants of the old bank; coins, notes weighing scales, and other apparatus that was used in the bank all those years ago are displayed in glass cases next to the check-in desk.
The Sofitel London St James has a great location. Walk north and you will reach the iconic Piccadilly Circus (your nearest tube stop) which leads onto Regent Street where you will find an enormous Apple store and a bunch of designer and high street stores including Top Shop, H&M, and Tommy Hilfiger. To the South, you are just steps away from St James’s Park and the Mall which leads to Buckingham Palace and various squares where you can watch soldiers on horses in Busby hats. Trafalgar Square with Nelsons Column and the hub of Charing Cross station is also just 5 minutes away. Finally, let’s not forget that you are in Theatreland here, with Her Majesty’s Theatre being located behind the Sofitel and the National Gallery and National Portrait Gallery also around the corner.
This grand building has been beautifully refurbished and mixes the history of the traditional old building with new and stylish interiors, which make it feel like a really “happening” place to be. The popularity of the bar was evident on our visit as it was almost always packed with locals and guests.
There is great humor in the decor, such as the original painting glued to the ceiling in the bar, which encourages you to sit and look upwards and in the foyer, while I was there, there was a selection of artwork displayed by one of France’s most successful contemporary artists, Richard Orlinski. A selection of his famous figurine works was being displayed which gave it a sense of vibrancy.
To one side of the lobby is the bright and airy The Balcon restaurant, where breakfast is served along with lunch and evening meals. It has a sophisticated yet contemporary brasserie feel with lots of funky lighting. Next door is an atmospheric bar and beyond this, behind the reception desk, there is a pretty rose lounge with lots of flowers on the walls and pink lighting. This lounge is ideal for an afternoon tea which can be enjoyed with the sounds of a live harp.
Further down the corridor, there are numerous meeting rooms (although I cannot stress this enough, this hotel does not feel like a business hotel in any way) and there is a generous spa area with a cathedral-like sitting area leading onto treatment rooms.
Rooms have a classic but stylish design and are a good size for central London. The smart decor is complemented by the black and white immaculate bathrooms with black marble work surfaces.
It is rare for a hotel in central London to be rated excellent so consistently on TripAdvisor. I have stayed in a number of Sofitel hotels around the world including the Sofitel at London Heathrow, but the Sofitel London St James is head and shoulders above the rest in terms of luxury. This is a very special hotel in the heart of London. Book here and you will be delighted with your choice!
6. Sofitel Shanghai Hongqiao
On your next trip to Shanghai, China, stay in pure luxury at the stunning, Parisian-inspired Sofitel Shanghai Hongqiao.
The Sofitel Shanghai Hongqiao hotel lies in the heart of the city’s Hongqiao central business district. You are conveniently near to Hongqiao Airport and Railway Station and opposite the National Exhibition and Convention Center (NECC).
The Parisian-inspired common areas, guest rooms are suites are simply beautiful. Opulent, lavish, and chic; just like Paris. The city of Shanghai has long been referred to as the “Paris of the East” and so the hotel is a wonderful representation of this tradition.
An impressive array of avant-garde business and leisure facilities are available to you. Clock up some lengths in the 25-meter indoor infinity pool then relax on the outdoor terrace.
For some serious pampering, treat yourself to a massage at the SPA and make use of the sauna, hammam, and Jacuzzi too. There’s also a So Fit gym as well as 11 meeting rooms covering 2,000 sqm. Events held at the Grand Ballroom whether for a personal or business occasion, will be remembered for all the right reasons.
Choose from 354 beautiful guest rooms and suites all featuring French-style furnishings, the signature Sofitel MyBed and bathrooms with separate bathtubs and showers. Opt for a Superior or Luxury Room both of which can be taken with Club Millesime access; a definite must for discerning guests! The Luxury Rooms are not only larger than the Superior Rooms and that bit more stylish too, but also include magnificent floor to ceiling windows to really make the most of the city views. An upgrade to a Prestige Suite gives you a separate living room, much more space, and offers the ultimate extravagance for the luxury traveler.
There is a fabulous selection of restaurants and bars available to you at Sofitel Shanghai Hongqiao. Dine-in elegance at the international restaurant Kwee Zeen whilst marveling at the stunning views of the cascading waterfall. Savor modern Cantonese fusion cuisine at Le Chinios which also gives you a delightful view of the falls. Head to Wasabi for Japanese delicacies or for Spanish tapas, try Ocho Tapas and Wine. End your evening at Le Bar with a creative cocktail in the surroundings of an opulent Parisian lounge.
7. Sofitel Xining
For the very best in Chinese luxury, you’d struggle to find a better example than the exquisite Sofitel Xining in the city of Xining in China.
The hotel lies on the ancient Northern Silk Road in Xining. The largest city on the Tibetan Plateau, Xining is the capital of Qinghai province in western China. The nearest airport, Caojiapu Airport is just 25 miles from the hotel and there is a shuttle bus.
Xining itself offers a unique and utterly fabulous cultural experience; with influence from all the province’s varied cultures – Muslim, Tibetan, and Han Chinese felt strongly. Browse the colorful street markets and traditional shops, enjoying the contrast with the gleaming modern skyline, all set against an inspiring mountain backdrop.
The opulent, neo-Gothic façade gives you the first hint of what awaits. The lobby is an experience all of its own; soaring ceilings, translucent chandeliers, and marble finishes. Inside, the traditional French chic of a Sofitel hotel blends exquisitely with the glamour of modern Chinese décor.
The facilities are as beautiful and luxurious as you could hope. The indoor heated swimming pool has a stunning stained-glass ceiling that twinkles its reflection to the pool below. There’s also a spa bath and a thermal spa so your relaxation after a wonderful day exploring the delights of Xining is definitely secured. You can keep active while you’re away too at the fitness center. The business and events facilities here are vast with 12 meeting rooms, one of which is the gorgeous Grand Ballroom.
If you decide to book a room rather than a suite then be sure to opt for one with Club Millesime access. The rooms are spacious at 40m2 and are very beautiful spaces but discerning travelers will undoubtedly be tempted by the grandeur of the Suites. The Junior Suite alone stands at 60m2 but the vast Prestige and Premium Prestige Suites are simply stunning and include separate living rooms and walk-in closets.
The Sofitel Xining promises to take you on a gastronomic journey; and with influences from Europe, the Middle East, and Southeast Asia as well as other regions, a true treat awaits. There are its 3 restaurants and a cocktail bar in the lobby.
8. Sofitel London Heathrow
The Sofitel London Heathrow connects directly to Terminal 5 via a walkway and is the only 5-star hotel at Heathrow Airport. It offers a number of bars including a Perrier Jouët bar and the Sphere lobby bar, and restaurants including La Belle Epoque which has been awarded 3 AA Rosettes and is London Heathrow’s only fine-dining restaurant.
The hotel itself has an impressive and busy entrance with orchids and fountains. The rooms above are split into 6 wings adjoined by open-air walkways that sit under massively high glass atriums. Hotel rooms either look outwards to the airport or inwards over a part of the hotel, for example, some rooms overlook the restaurants, others the marble foyers and reception areas. Our room (room 6108) looked out to the roadway coming into the airport. Since none of the rooms look onto the runway or planes, there is little to choose between the inward-facing and outward-facing rooms.
The room was pretty standard for an airport hotel, all be it with plenty of space, upgraded finishings, and amenities, and superbly quiet quadruple glazing (double glazing, then a gap, then double glazing again). The blackout curtains were excellent and the bed was large so it was easy to get a good night’s sleep. The black marble bathroom (see pictures below) had a walk-in shower, bath with a TV screen in the wall, and offered ESPA toiletries.
There is also a spacious 24-hour fitness studio, with free access for hotel residents which I didn’t try.
La Belle Epoque is the best restaurant in London Heathrow. The food is outstanding, the staff are both kind and seem to be incredibly proud of the amazing food they are serving. If you are doing an overnight stay at London Heathrow a meal at La Belle Epoque meal is simply a must-do. In fact, plan a trip to Heathrow specifically to eat here, I guarantee you will be impressed.
What made our room interesting is that it included Club Millésime Lounge access. Guests at the Sofitel in a luxury room or suite automatically get access to Club Millésime. Guests in standard rooms can upgrade to use the lounge for £75 GBP per person.
The lounge isn’t big, with seating for around 40 people, but it provides a space to relax and includes internet access, food and drinks. The complimentary continental breakfast (06:30-10:30) was a decent spread with a buffet choice of scrambled egg and sausages, smoked salmon, bread and jams, cereals, fruit, berries, yogurts, and smoothies, as well as juices, coffees, and teas from a machine. I can’t comment on the afternoon tea (15:00-16:30), as I did not experience it. In the evening (between 17:00-22:00) there was a good selection of beers (bottles of Peroni, Asaki, and one other), wines, and spirits. The food offering was not huge and served on very small plates, but there was just about enough to fill you up with noodle vegetable dishes, chicken skewers, fried fish, greek salad, cheese, biscuits, and nuts.
9. Sofitel Tamuda Bay Beach
A newly developed resort on Morocco’s Mediterranean coast, Tamuda Bay is the perfect travel destination if you’re looking for a relaxing holiday with plenty of sunshine, a beautiful beach, great shops and restaurants, and maybe some watersports.
The Sofitel Tamuda Bay Beach and Spa Hotel is ideally located for anyone considering a break here, and with the luxury accommodation and great facilities it has on offer, you won’t need to look anywhere else. Air Arabia Maroc operates direct flights from London Heathrow to Tangier, with a flight time of just under three hours. It’s around an hour and a half’s drive from the airport to the Sofitel Tamuda Bay.
This is a beautiful looking hotel, contemporary in design with a fresh and striking color palette, and an ambiance evoking the elegance of the French Riviera. With a relaxed, youthful vibe and friendly staff, you will feel your holiday begin from the moment you step inside. The Sofitel Tamuda Bay Beach and Spa also boast a wealth of facilities to help you feel relaxed and pampered, including a wellness center, gym, kids’ villa, restaurant, bar, and of course a fabulous swimming pool and beach access.
The fresh, vibrant color scheme carries through to the rooms at the Sofitel Tamuda Bay. Whichever room you choose, you can be sure that you will enjoy contemporary design, king size bed, free internet, LCD TV, Bose radio, tea and coffee making facilities, a minibar and a safe. The modern bathrooms offer both shower and bathtub, while each room also boasts a private terrace. Some rooms offer a garden or pool view, while others have a view of the sea and larger rooms incorporate a single sofa bed suitable for a child. The hotel has a wide range of suites, where you can enjoy additional space, and some of which boast panoramic Mediterranean views, kitchenettes, generous private terraces, and whirlpool baths. There is even the option to stay in your own villa, with a private pool and butler service, which could be a great idea if you are traveling with friends or family.
Le Marche des Saveurs is open daily for breakfast, lunch, and dinner and offers a sophisticated setting with chic, contemporary décor. The cuisine is international with plenty of choices – Moroccan, French, Italian and Asian dishes all feature on the menu. The Koudiaz bar is the perfect spot to enjoy a drink in a cozy and relaxed atmosphere, and there are tasting plates available if you’re feeling peckish. Make sure you try one of their signature cocktails.
There is a beautiful heated pool to sunbathe beside, and of course, the beach is just a stone’s throw away. Kids are well looked after with plenty of activities on offer, and there is a gym as well as a spa offering massages and traditional Hammam treatments. A marina, shops, and restaurants can all be found in close proximity to the hotel.
10. Sofitel Essaouira Mogador Golf & Spa
Tucked away in the lush surroundings of a wild beach lined with eucalyptus, the Sofitel Essaouira Mogador Golf & Spa is an Eden of lush greenery overlooking a stunning golf course. At 2½ hours’ private transfer from Marrakech airport, the resort is easy to get to from the UK and makes a quick and easy escape to the sunshine.
Inside the hotel, Contemporary styling is mixed with authentic Moroccan detailing making this stunning resort in heart of the Mogador Golf Club a stylish 5-star option. The hotel overlooks the historic port city of Essaouira, which makes a great day trip for those who want to explore a more authentic side of Morocco.
Days at the Sofitel Essaouira Mogador Golf & Spa are spent lazing around one of two pools, heading over to the 18-hole golf course designed by Gary Player. Kids can head over to the Children’s Villa and teens are catered for at the QG Lounge where activities include Moroccan cooking classes, football, and sandcastle building.
The decor of the rooms, suites, and villas combines intense colors, exotic wood, and Moorish motifs, which blend seamlessly with the elegant furniture. Balconies boast panoramic views over the lush green landscape and sea and are the perfect place to relax. The exclusive Sofitel MyBed concept guarantees a restful night’s sleep.
The 28 villas are perfect for families. Bathed in natural light, each features a private heated pool and exclusive butler service.
The hotel has four restaurants for plenty of variety. L’Ateliers aux Aromes combines French creativity with Moroccan spices. L’Atlantique offers fresh, local seafood by the pool. So Good is a bistro featuring barbecued flavors. After a round of golf, Le Club House is the place to go. Finally, Le Café Kasbah features international dishes and culinary demonstrations with food prepared both by wok and at tagine stations. There is nowhere better to enjoy a glass of wine or fresh orange juice fresh from the nearby citrus garden than the terrace at sunset. For a romantic meal for two, treat yourself to an intimate dinner on the unspoiled beach.
Kickstart your relaxation with a trip to the extensive spa. With 8 private treatment cubicles, a traditional Eastern hammam, and a relaxation area with a heated pool, the spa really will force you to relax! With views of sand dunes and turquoise waters, the Sofitel Essaouira Mogador Golf & Spa offers a stunning, lush setting. As they say; “Life is Magnifique in Essaouira..”
Note: Benefits offered correct at the time of writing but may be amended at discretion of the vendor.
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