Sofitel Hotels Named 'Best Hotel Chain in Europe' by Readers of Business Traveler Magazine

    PARIS, Dec. 18 /PRNewswire/ -- Sofitel, with over 200 prestige hotels
 worldwide, has been chosen by the readers of Business Traveler magazine as
 the "Best Hotel Chain in Europe" in it's 2006 Best in Business Travel
 Awards, beating out frontrunners Marriott and Starwood Hotels for the top
 slot.
     Sofitels around the world embrace a unique appreciation for the art de
 vivre a la francaise (French art of living), which is embodied in the
 hotels' high standards of service, alluring design, gourmet cuisine and
 thoughtful amenities. This focus is strengthened by relationships with
 renowned French personalities, including fashion designer Jean-Charles de
 Castalbajac, interior designer Pierre Yves Rochon and Michelin-starred
 chefs.
     Located in key business destinations throughout Europe, including
 London, Paris, Budapest and Brussels, Sofitel offers custom made,
 ultra-plush SoBed(TM) bedding for a restful night's sleep; wireless and/or
 high speed Internet access; 24-hour business and fitness centers; quiet
 library spaces and upscale French and international restaurants. Frequent
 guests can also choose to enjoy the benefits of the Sofitel Privilege
 Loyalty Card, which allows them to earn points towards upgrades, free room
 nights and other special promotions from Sofitel and its partners.
     Sofitel is already present in most key business cities around the
 world, and will continue to expand its network in 2007. Currently, Sofitel
 is in the midst of its largest-ever expansion of the brand in China and the
 Asia Pacific region, with new properties slated to open in Beijing, Cairo,
 Dubai and beyond.
     For Sofitel reservations and information visit http://www.sofitel.com
 or http://www.accorhotels.com, or call 1-800-SOFITEL (763-4835).
     Sofitel: 200 premium hotels around the world
     Because no one country or city is the same, Sofitel has made each of
 its 200 hotels around the world a truly unique establishment. Combining the
 spirit of each place with the values of modernity, refinement and absolute
 comfort, they are all imbued in their inimitable way with the French "art
 de vivre."
     Whether their setting is a great business metropolis like Paris, New
 York or Bangkok, or nestling in the landscape in Indonesia, Polynesia or
 Brazil, each Sofitel hotel offers travelers a genuine haven of peace. So
 that each guest, for an overnight stay or longer, during a business trip or
 for a holiday, can enjoy the rich variety of these unique places in comfort
 and tranquility.
     Accor, European leader in hotels and tourism, global leader in
 corporate services, operates in nearly 100 countries with 160,000
 employees. It offers to its individual and corporate clients nearly 40
 years of expertise in its two core businesses:
     * Hotels, with the Sofitel, Novotel, Mercure, Suitehotel, Ibis, Red
 Roof Inn, Etap Hotel, Formule 1 and Motel 6 brands: over 4,000 hotels and
 475,000 rooms in 90 countries, as well as strategically related activities,
 such as Lenotre, ambassador of the gastronomy 'a la francaise' worldwide;
     * Services to corporate clients and public institutions: 21 million
 people in 35 countries benefit from Accor Services products -- meal and
 food vouchers, people care, incentive and loyalty programs.
 
 

SOURCE Sofitel

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