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Sofitel DC: What it’s like staying at Sofitel in Washington DC

So, you plan to visit Washington, D.C. and would like to stay at Sofitel DC Lafayette Square. This guide teaches you more about the hotel and what to expect.

Nestled in the heart of Washington, D.C., the Sofitel Washington D.C. Lafayette Square is known for its elegance; this historic hotel, located just steps away from the White House, combines French sophistication with modern luxury.

We enjoyed staying in this hotel for our family weekend in Washington. From its luxurious accommodations to outstanding service and classic French cuisine, Sofitel Washington DC Lafayette Square was ideal.

In this post, I will take you inside the French hotel Sofitel in Washington, DC, and share our family’s weekend stay there. The Sofitel Hotel is about two blocks from the White House and a short walk from other famous sights.

About Sofitel DC Hotel

Sofitel Lafayette Square, Washington DC, is part of the French Sofitel Hotels & Resorts chain. If you want to indulge in modern luxury and take yourself to a little France, you can stay at Sofitel hotels worldwide in more than 40 countries. Sofitel Hotels & Resorts is part of the Accor Group, Europe’s largest hotel hospitality company, and it includes luxury hotels like Sofitel and Fairmont. Sofitel is also included in the Micheline Guide.

From the time we checked in, we were in love with the art exhibitions throughout the hotel, the fantastic cuisine, and the overall hospitality.

The hotel is pet and kid-friendly. We were delighted to see a fantastic kids’ menu at their restaurant and took full advantage of it. In addition, they were kind enough to send an entertaining tent for our son in the room, along with some arts and crafts. These Little gestures showed how much the hotel cares about every guest, including the little ones.


Everyone has a choice, from a Luxury room to a presidential suite. We stayed in a luxury king room. The room was quite large, with beautiful decor and artwork. The bathroom had a separate shower and a bath tab, which was convenient for us. Our kid prefers baths, and it was a nice bonus. They also provided us with a crib at our request.

The room overlooked downtown Washington, D.C. We did not have a chance to turn on a TV, but there was a 55-inch HD TV waiting for guests to sit back and relax after city sightseeing or business meetings.

Bathoom at Sofitel Washington DC

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Sofitel DC Afternoon Tea

Do not miss the afternoon tea when staying at Sofitel, DC. If you are at the hotel on a Saturday, it is your lucky day because the hotel restaurant has a unique “Le Goûter” menu option that stands for Afternoon Tea and is served between 2:00-4:00 PM. This beautiful and delicious package costs $49 per person and includes freshly brewed tea, assorted finger foods, and tasty sweets! You do not want to miss it.

The afternoon tea was almost sold out since we visited DC during cherry blossom season. I highly recommend booking your teatime spot at least 24 hours ahead. Contact Opanile bar restaurant to reserve your spot.

Sofitel DC Restaurant

Sofitel DC Has an on-site Opaline Bar & Brasserie with an outdoor French Terrace. Guests enjoy breakfast at the Brasserie, but the rest is at the bar and the terrace.

Inside the bar are very cozy and modern seating areas surrounded by contemporary artwork. We had the pleasure of having our dinner here one of the evenings. However, our favorite was dining on the terrace.

While the weather was pretty chilly that day, we felt comfortable surrounded by heaters and fire pits. I was delighted with their handcrafted and seasonal cocktail menu. We loved the cheese and charcuterie board, seared salmon, and truffle fries from the dinner menu. Also, if you love French onion soup, you are lucky here.

Sofitel has a fantastic kids’ menu. As mentioned before, if you stay with kids, you will be happy to see their kid’s menu options. You can choose chicken fingers, tomato pasta, mini burger, and mac & cheese.

Sofitel DC restaurant cheese board with drinks
Salmon and asparugus at Sofitel DC restaurant

Sofitel DC Breakfast

The Sofitel room service was excellent. One morning, we woke up and felt like ordering room service for breakfast. Let me tell you, I am not a big fun eating on the bed, but occasionally I allow myself to indulge in this type of luxury.

The food was delivered fast, about 20-25 minutes after ordering. Everything looked so delicious that I had to tell my son not to get used to this type of morning.

The breakfast menu is fantastic. When you stay at Sofitel, DC, you must try their famous smoked salmon bagel. Breakfast at Sofitel truly felt like I was back in Paris. I cannot wait to come back here.

The next day, we tried our breakfast at the Brasserie. When we arrived, the restaurant was almost full, and non-hotel guests were in line to make their reservations. I tried their special egg and potato dish, which tasted just as delicious as it looked.

women having breakfast on the bed at Sofitel DC
Breakfast dish at Sofitel DC Hotel

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Sofitel DC is located at the corner of Lafayette Square. The hotel is two blocks or about 6 minutes from the White House, about a mile from the National Mall, and 2 miles from the United States Capitol.

We loved our walks to the National Mall and the US Capitol. When we visited DC, the weather was not on our side, so we grabbed a taxi to see a few attractions a few times. But if it is nice out, nothing is better than walking in DC. Besides this, the Sofitel Hotel is close (about a mile) to the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History. It is a must-see attraction with kids (and the entrance is free).

Mom and son walking in front of the US Capitol building in Washington DC

Family Friendly

We have often stayed at a luxury hotel. They are not all kid-friendly. Sofitel truly made us feel like they were very welcome to our kids. Although we did not see many kids at the hotel, our son had a fantastic time. We would undoubtedly bring him in again here.

Mom and son standing with luggage in front of Sofitel DC hotel

Sofitel D.C. Lafayette Square Hotel: Personal Review

From the minute we checked in, we knew that our stay at Sofitel DC would be excellent, and it was. I am not sure if it was because the personnel, food, and cleanliness were top-class or because this hotel made me feel like I was somewhere in France for a weekend. It was probably both!

If you want a luxurious and French-inspired stay in the heart of DC, check out Sofitel DC Hotel, and let me know about your experience!

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