Sofitel Rings in 2007 With a Golden Start Ten Sofitel Hotels Included in Conde Nast Traveler's "Gold List: World's

Best 700 Hotels, Resorts and Cruise Lines"



    PARIS, Jan. 9 /PRNewswire/ -- According to the readers of Conde Nast
 Traveler magazine, 10 out of 700 of the world's best hotels are Sofitels,
 as named in the publication's annual "Gold List: World's Best 700 Hotels,
 Resorts and Cruise Lines" issue. Sofitel, with more than 200 hotels
 worldwide, is the prestige brand of Accor Hotel Group.
     The list, released in the January 2007 issue of the publication, is the
 result of 21,000 subscribers having completed the 2006 Readers' Choice
 Survey, an in-depth look at the world's best properties for the rankings in
 the magazine's November issue. To understand the ratings attributed to each
 property, a team of editors at the magazine contacted readers to find out
 what made a particular room, view or locale unique in its own right.
     Sofitel hotels exude a unique sensibility, l'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, architect Jean-Paul Viguier, interior designer
 Pierre Yves Rochon and Michelin-starred chefs.
     The Sofitels that made the list are:
 
     Africa
     Sofitel Palais Jamai, Fez, Morocco - The Suite Princiere, photographed
 by Patrick Tourneboeuf, was featured on the cover of Conde Nast Traveler's
 January 2007 issue.
     Overlooking the Medina, the Palais Jamai is an UNESCO World Heritage
 Site, originally built as a royal palace in the 19th century.
     Sofitel Winter Palace, Luxor, Egypt
     On the banks of the Nile, in the heart of a tropical garden, this
 Victorian-style hotel, built in 1886, is next to the Temple of Luxor and an
 ideal departure point for cruises of the Nile.
     United States
     Sofitel Lafayette Square Washington, D.C.
     Decorated in the Art Deco style, this swanky business hotel attracts
 D.C.'s elite movers and shakers and is just steps from the White House.
     Sofitel Chicago Water Tower, Chicago
     Recognized for its futuristic and award-winning prism-shaped design by
 Jean-Paul Viguier, the hotel's Le Bar is a favorite hangout of Chicago's
 stylish set.
     Sofitel New York, New York
     Conveniently located in Midtown Manhattan, on 44th street between Fifth
 and Sixth avenues, close to the Broadway theater district, major corporate
 headquarters and upscale shopping, the hotel is a favorite destination for
 many leisure and business travelers.
     The Americas
     Sofitel Montreal, Quebec, Canada
     At the foot of Montreal's most famous landmark, Park Mont Royal, on
 Sherbrooke Street, home to the city's best known art galleries and
 boutiques, close to the historic center of Montreal and the train station.
     Sofitel Buenos Aires, Argentina
     A charming hotel hosed in a restored landmark Art Deco tower of the
 1920's. Ideally located on Arroyo Street in the Retiro district, one of the
 most elegant residential areas in the heart of Buenos Aires.
     Asia, Australia and Pacific Nations
     Sofitel Royal Angkor Golf & Spa Resort (Siem Reap, Cambodia)
     Just five minutes from the ancient Angkor Wat Temple Complex, this
 resort boasts a sumptuous spa offering traditional Khmer treatments.
     Sofitel Metropole Hanoi (Hanoi, Vietnam)
     The Grand Dame of Hanoi, the Metropole is the toast of the city. The
 more than 100-year-old hotel is steeped in history and it is where Graham
 Green wrote his famous novel The Quiet American.
     Europe
     The Grand Amsterdam, Sofitel Demeure Hotels (Amsterdam, The
 Netherlands)
     This historic hotel, dating back to the 15th century, has served as a
 convent and the site of the wedding of Her Majesty Queen Beatrix of the
 Netherlands.
     For Sofitel reservations and information, visit www.sofitel.com or call
 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 Hotels

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