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Show of Vintage Louis Vuitton Trunks Brings Time Travel to Sofitel New York Lobby

Call it the ultimate trunk show.

Stroll quickly through the lobby of the Sofitel New York, and you may think you’ve wandered into a Louis Vuitton showroom. But look closely at the array of travel trunks artfully parked atop side tables, tucked below the flower-filled console and stacked under a winding staircase, and it’s clear you won’t see these items circling on a baggage carousel.

The trunks are vintage Vuitton, the kind that sell for multiple thousands of dollars. A relatively common sight if you traveled First Class in the luxury liner/grand hotel days, they now show up mainly in stylish houses as eye-catching coffee tables, foyer consoles and foot-of-the-bed storage. And while these durable hard cases still look at home in a hotel, especially one that sports marble floors, wood paneling and French management, they’re a pop-up exhibition saluting “The Golden Age of Travel.” Read more

Sofitel New York Salutes the 2019 Tony Awards with Lobby Photos, a Tony Awards Suite, a Cher Show Suite and More

The 2019 Tony Awards unfurl Sunday, April 9, yielding eagerly awaited answers to pressing questions: Hadestown or Tootsie? Oklahoma or Kiss Me Kate? And what about Jeremy Pope, who’s nominated for Best Leading Actor in a Play (Choir Boy) and Best Featured Actor in a Musical (Ain’t Too Proud)?

Sofitel New York doesn’t have the answers (yet). But their lobby, decked out in full Tony regalia through June 10, is a great place to put yourself in the mood for the Tonys if you don’t have a ticket for the big show at Radio City Music Hall. Read more

New Paintings by Artist Sonya Sklaroff Transform Sofitel New York Into An Art Gallery (Again)

If you find yourself on West 44th Street, take a stroll through the lobby of the Sofitel New York. It’s a chicly retro space where you can plop on a sofa without brandishing a room key and chat with a friend or check your messages without being strong-armed into ordering a drink.

As a bonus, through October 21 the lobby once again doubles as an art gallery, displaying new paintings by Sonya Sklaroff, an urban landscape artist whose richly colored oils celebrate such iconic, if unexpected, emblems of city life as water towers, neighborhood streets and the muted hues and dueling umbrellas that accompany an impromptu summer shower. Read more

Times Square Francophiles: 3 NYC Hotels Celebrating Bastille Day & French Restaurant Week

Feeling French? But of course. It’s perfect storm time — the Tour de France (July 4-26), Bastille Day (July 14) and French Restaurant Week (July 13-19) rolled into one big week, with a few bits extending beyond. Here’s where to go if you’re in a Blue, White and Red mood in Midtown.

 

 

 

 

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Celebrating National Fromage Day at Sofitel NY

In its continued efforts to trumpet All Things French, Sofitel New York reminds us that June 4 is National Cheese Day (news to us, too, but never mind). It’s a fine day for cheese enthusiasts to stop by the hotel’s Gaby Brasserie Française for a tasting with fromage supplied by the estimable Murray’s Cheese. Read more

Biting Into National French Bread Day at Sofitel NY

It’s not just the start of spring. Saturday March 21 doubles as National French Bread Day. (It’s also National Puppy Day this year, but never mind).

A great baguette (crisp on the outside, full of holes on the inside) is worth celebrating, or so believes the French-inflected Sofitel New York. Read more

How Olivier Widmaier Picasso Turned the Sofitel New York Lobby into an Art Gallery

Olivier Widmaier Picasso looks the part. Or so it seemed at last night’s opening of Revealed, the exhibition of 30 photographs of 20th-century artists he curated for Sofitel.

With his compact build and energetic intensity there’s a passing 21st-century resemblance to his grandfather (his mother, Maya, is the daughter of Pablo Picasso and Marie-Therese Walter). And though a lawyer by training, his current interests orbit the art world. Read more

A Chic New Hamburger with a French Accent — Direct From New York By Way of Bordeaux

If Louis Lassen, the Connecticut sandwich shop owner often credited with inventing the hamburger, had been French, the world’s most iconic sandwich might look something like a clever new creation making its debut this week at Gaby, the French brasserie at the Sofitel New York.

Meet the Franburger, a slender ground-beef patty nestled in a crisp sour dough baguette and topped with melted Brie, lettuce and sliced tomato. Lest there be any doubt about the sandwich’s allegiances, it’s served with French fries. Read more

When “Happy Holidays” Is Just the Starter: Hotel Holiday Decor with an Added Message

Some of the most fetching hotel decorations in town come with messages that go beyond Happy Holidays and champion a good cause. Here’s a sampling. Read more

Mingling With Giles Bensimon’s Elles in the Lobby at the Sofitel New York

Cindy Crawford at the Sofitel.

Cindy Crawford at the Sofitel.

What hotel wouldn’t kill to bring Charlize Theron, Cindy Crawford, Naomie Campbell, Christy Turlington, Uma Thurman, Ines de La Fressange, Jennifer Lopez and Britney Spears (on a good day) together in one room?

The prize goes to the Sofitel New York. It got the job done, never mind that the women are present in photographs taken by French photographer Gilles Bensimon. Read more

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