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French-inspired luxury accommodations near the White House

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French connections

Located on Lafayette Square bordering the White House, this French-inspired hotel in Washington, DC, is within walking distance of the National Mall, Vietnam Memorial, and the Smithsonian Museum.

European panache

The French-inspired Sofitel Washington DC Lafayette Square has a 24-hour business center, 6 meeting rooms, and a fitness center. Dining venues include the ICI Urban Bistro and the stylish Le Bar.

Guestrooms

Rooms feature feature SoBed - a luxurious feathertop and duvet sleep system. Spacious marble bathrooms have separate tub and rain showers, robes, slippers, and luxurious French toiletries.

Hotel Amenities

Hotel Amenities

Once hailed as Le Petit Grand Dame in the early 1900s, the historic Sofitel Washington DC Lafayette Square combines original French architecture and grandeur with modern convenience. Located on the corner of Lafayette Square near the White House, the hotel offers 6 meeting rooms that carry the names of Parisian landmarks and districts.

A 24-hour business center and wireless Internet access are available to guests as well as a fully equipped fitness center. ICI Urban Bistro serves fresh and contemporary French cuisine for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. 24-hour room service is also available. The trendy and chic Le Bar serves specialty cocktails and light fare.

The Sofitel Washington DC Lafayette Square is a smoke-free property.

  • Restaurant
  • Fitness facilities
  • Complimentary newspapers in lobby
  • Room service (24 hours)
  • Bar/lounge
  • Limo or Town Car service available
  • Multilingual staff
  • 24-hour front desk
  • Porter/bellhop
  • Safe-deposit box at front desk
  • Number of floors - 12
  • ATM/banking
  • Dry cleaning/laundry service
  • Elevator/lift
  • Total number of rooms - 237
  • Valet parking (surcharge)
  • Breakfast available (surcharge)
  • Coffee/tea in lobby
  • Meeting rooms
  • Number of meeting rooms - 6
  • Year Built 1999
  • 24-hour business center
  • Number of buildings/towers - 1
  • Wireless Internet access - surcharge
  • Smoke-free property
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Internet

Available in all rooms: Free Wi-Fi , Wired internet access ( 16.95 USD per 24 hours surcharge )

Available in some public areas: Wireless Internet access - surcharge

Parking

Valet parking (surcharge)

Room Amenities

  • Premium TV channels
  • Pay movies
  • Premium bedding
  • Hypo-allergenic bedding available
  • Climate control
  • Complimentary newspaper
  • Blackout drapes/curtains
  • Phone
  • Minibar
  • Complimentary bottled water
  • Refrigerator (on request)
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Turndown service
  • Designer toiletries
  • Bathrobes
  • Complimentary toiletries
  • Hair dryer
  • Slippers
  • Separate bathtub and shower
  • Iron/ironing board
  • In-room safe
  • Television
  • Air conditioning
  • Desk
  • Pillowtop mattress
  • Rollaway/extra beds available
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Wired high-speed Internet access (surcharge)
  • Connecting/adjoining rooms available
  • Cribs/infant beds (complimentary)
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Where to Eat

iCi Urban Bistro - Contemporary American cuisine with a French twist. Seasonal outdoor terrace. Breakfast and dinner daily, lunch weekdays.

Sample menu for iCi Urban Bistro

Appetizers:

  • Pan-Seared Sea Scallops
  • Onion Soup Gratinée
  • Frisée and Watercress Salad

    Main courses:

  • Sautéed Maine Lobster
  • Prime NY Steak and Frites
  • Wild Mushroom Risotto

    Desserts:

  • Chocolate Fondant
  • Brisk Coconut Parfait Bomb
  • Apple 'Tarte Tatin'

    Le Bar - Off the lobby, this popular watering hole is a meeting place for DC power brokers. Generously sized armchairs and sofas invite patrons to relax and partake in the French art of conversation. Open from early afternoon until late evening.

    Sample menu for Le Bar

    Appetizers:

  • Crab Cake Salad
  • Baby Spinach Caesar Salad
  • Cheese Plate

    Sandwiches:

  • Chicken and Roasted Vegetables
  • Roast Beef
  • Ham and Cheese

    Evening snacks:

  • Chicken Satay
  • Smoked Shrimp Quesadillas
  • Lobster and Vegetable Spring Rolls

    Drinks:

  • Jefferson (Frïs Vodka, Grand Marnier, Black Raspberry Liqueur, Sweet and Sour Mix)
  • Moët & Chandon, Brut, Imperial Rosé
  • Viognier, Zaca Mesa, Santa Ynez, 2000
  • Château Greysac, Médoc, France, 1999

    Sofitel Washington DC Lafayette Square offers room service 24 hours a day.

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    Nearby Things to Do

    • Hiking/biking trails nearby

    Accessibility

    To make requests for specific accessibility needs, complete the “Special or Accessibility Requests" section of “Trip Preferences" when you book your hotel.

    • Accessible path of travel
    • Accessible bathroom
    • Roll-in shower
    • Accessible parking
    • In-room accessibility
    • Accessibility equipment for the deaf
    • Braille or raised signage

    Hotel Policies

    Check-in

    Check-in time starts at 3 PM

    Payment types

    Accepted at this hotel: American Express, MasterCard, Visa

    You need to know

    Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on hotel policy.

    Government-issued photo identification and a credit card or cash deposit are required at check-in for incidental charges.

    Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges. Special requests cannot be guaranteed.

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    We should mention

    Up to 3 children 11 years old and younger stay free when occupying the parent or guardian's room, using existing bedding. Only registered guests are allowed in the guestrooms. The property has connecting/adjoining rooms, which are subject to availability and can be requested by contacting the property using the number on the booking confirmation.

    Awards & Affiliations

    • Sofitel Washington DC Lafayette Square is listed in the 2013 Travel + Leisure 500.
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