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Sofitel Philadelphia

Philadelphia , PA

LOCATION

120 South 17th Street
Philadelphia, PA US 19103 (map)

PHONE

215-569-8300

WEBSITE

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ABOUT US

The cultivated beauty of the Sofitel Philadelphia offers couples the ultimate wedding venue. The only French Hotel in the city, strategically located in the French Quarter one block from... Read more
The cultivated beauty of the Sofitel Philadelphia offers couples the ultimate wedding venue. The only French Hotel in the city, strategically located in the French Quarter one block from Rittenhouse Square, Sofitel Philadelphia is the essence of cosmopolitan sophistication and refined luxury. French elegance is reflected not only in our magnificent Paris Ballroom, but throughout the entire property. We offer you unparalleled service, exquisite cuisine, and unique surroundings. We are present to assist you every step of the way. With only one event per evening, the Sofitel Philadelphia leaves no detail left to chance. This is your day. Make it unforgettable at the Sofitel Philadelphia.

The Sofitel Philadelphia is pleased to have seasoned wedding planner, Lisa Strickland, whose dedication to her clients' weddings and her attention to detail have afforded her an excellent reputation in the industry. Lisa considers it a privilege to be involved in each couple's wedding, not a job. She has numerous recommendation letters from brides across the country she would be happy to share with you! Contact Lisa today for an appointment at lisa.strickland@sofitel.com. Read less

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INFO FOR WEDDING VENUE

When was your venue built?
2000
When was your venue last renovated?
2013
Describe your venue:
Hotel
Describe the style of your venue
City, Glamorous, Modern
What wedding services does your venue provide?
Ceremony, Reception
What is the maximum capacity of your venue?
230
How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?
1
Does your venue offer an indoor space?
Yes
Does your venue offer a covered outdoor space?
No
Does your venue offer an uncovered outdoor space?
No
Does your venue have on-site accommodations?
Yes
Number of guest rooms
306
Number of suites
67
What is the minimum rental fee for your venue?
0
Bar Service
Offered in-house
Is bar service included in the minimum rental fee?
Yes
Beverage Service
Offered in-house
Is beverage service included in the minimum rental fee?
Yes
Catering
Offered in-house
Is catering included in the minimum rental fee?
Yes
What is the average catering price per person at your venue?
125
Event Coordination
Offered in-house
Is event coordination included in the minimum rental fee?
Yes
Event Rentals
Outside vendors welcome
Lighting and Sound
Offered in-house
Are lighting and sound included in the minimum rental fee?
Yes
Linens
Offered in-house
Are linens included in the minimum rental fee?
Yes
Seating
Offered in-house
Is seating included in the minimum rental fee?
Yes
Shuttle / Transportation
Outside vendors welcome
Wedding Cake
Offered in-house
Is wedding cake included in the minimum rental fee?
Yes

INFO FOR REHEARSAL DINNER

When was your venue built?
2000
When was your venue last renovated?
2013
Describe your venue:
Hotel
Describe the style of your venue
City, Glamorous, Modern
What wedding services does your venue provide?
Ceremony, Reception
How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?
1
Does your venue offer an indoor space?
Yes
Does your venue offer a covered outdoor space?
No
Does your venue offer an uncovered outdoor space?
No
Does your venue have on-site accommodations?
Yes
What is the minimum rental fee for your venue?
0
Bar Service
Offered in-house
Is bar service included in the minimum rental fee?
Yes
Catering
Offered in-house
Is catering included in the minimum rental fee?
No
What is the average catering price per person at your venue?
125
Event Coordination
Offered in-house
Is event coordination included in the minimum rental fee?
Yes

REVIEWS

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Dana
Wedding:
9/6/2014
5.0/5.0
Words cannot describe how amazing this venue is! The location, staff, food, rooms are all phenomenal! Lisa Strickland helped us with most of our wedding details. She was so easy to work with, and accommodated all of our requests with ease. Our guests continue to rave about the food and the hospitality of the hotel. You will not regret choosing this hotel as your venue. It exceeded any expectation I could have ever imagined! It was by far the best night of our lives!!!!
Words cannot describe how amazing this venue is! The location, staff, food, rooms are all phenomenal! Lisa Strickland Read more...
Words cannot describe how amazing this venue is! The location, staff, food, rooms are all phenomenal! Lisa Strickland helped us with most of our wedding details. She was so easy to work with, and accommodated all of our requests with ease. Our guests continue to rave about the food and the hospitality of the hotel. You will not regret choosing this hotel as your venue. It exceeded any expectation I could have ever imagined! It was by far the best night of our lives!!!! Read less
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Sarah
Wedding:
8/30/2014
5.0/5.0
night went so smooth- thanks to Sofitel-Philadelphia!
We worked with Lisa, the point person for the wedding. She is just a fabulous person. The food was amazing! Family and friends raved about the food and drinks. We had our ceremony and reception in the same space so they had to flip it during cocktail hour. Everything just fell into place in a timely manner, on time, on schedule as planned and hoped! Thank you Lisa and the Sofitel team for ONE UNFORGETTABLE, SPECIAL WEDDING!
night went so smooth- thanks to Sofitel-Philadelphia!
We worked with Lisa, the point person for the wedding. She is Read more...
night went so smooth- thanks to Sofitel-Philadelphia!
We worked with Lisa, the point person for the wedding. She is just a fabulous person. The food was amazing! Family and friends raved about the food and drinks. We had our ceremony and reception in the same space so they had to flip it during cocktail hour. Everything just fell into place in a timely manner, on time, on schedule as planned and hoped! Thank you Lisa and the Sofitel team for ONE UNFORGETTABLE, SPECIAL WEDDING! Read less
Services Used: Wedding Cake, Wedding Venue
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Mori
Wedding:
8/23/2014
5.0/5.0
I had my wedding at the hotel. It was absolutely amazing. The staff went above and beyond. During the night, everyone complimented the service and the hotel. Lauren and Lisa were amazing, along with the entire catering and banquet crew. The staff members acted like the wedding was for a member of their own family. Can't say enough nice things about your hotel and, most importantly, the staff. Magnificent, professional, and caring.
I had my wedding at the hotel. It was absolutely amazing. The staff went above and beyond. During the night, everyone Read more...
I had my wedding at the hotel. It was absolutely amazing. The staff went above and beyond. During the night, everyone complimented the service and the hotel. Lauren and Lisa were amazing, along with the entire catering and banquet crew. The staff members acted like the wedding was for a member of their own family. Can't say enough nice things about your hotel and, most importantly, the staff. Magnificent, professional, and caring. Read less
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Amanda
Wedding:
6/21/2014
5.0/5.0
Our wedding reception at the Sofitel Philadelphia was absolutely stunning! We were married in June 2014, and our guests are still raving about what a wonderful experience they had, how hospitable the staff were, and how delicious the food was! We owe a huge thanks to Lisa Strickland and her staff. Lisa was the deciding factor in selecting our wedding venue and she was an absolute delight to work with. Lisa was flexible, very accommodating, always available to answer any questions, and was very encouraging throughout the whole planning process. My husband and I often commented that we felt as though we were her only client, because she was always so accommodating and willing to help make our vision of our 'happily ever after' extra special. Lisa & Lauren, thanks so much for helping our night run as smoothly as possible! Our night was an absolute success thanks to y'all's hard work!

The wedding suite far exceeds expectations and was absolutely perfect for both getting ready before the wedding and a perfect getaway after a magical night! The staff were so pleasant yet hardworking to make our evening unforgettable. We Highly recommend the Sofitel for your event because the atmosphere of the hotel itself paired with the superb staff will make your night more than just an event but an overall amazing experience! Thanks again!

Xoxo Amanda & Tony
Our wedding reception at the Sofitel Philadelphia was absolutely stunning! We were married in June 2014, and our guests Read more...
Our wedding reception at the Sofitel Philadelphia was absolutely stunning! We were married in June 2014, and our guests are still raving about what a wonderful experience they had, how hospitable the staff were, and how delicious the food was! We owe a huge thanks to Lisa Strickland and her staff. Lisa was the deciding factor in selecting our wedding venue and she was an absolute delight to work with. Lisa was flexible, very accommodating, always available to answer any questions, and was very encouraging throughout the whole planning process. My husband and I often commented that we felt as though we were her only client, because she was always so accommodating and willing to help make our vision of our 'happily ever after' extra special. Lisa & Lauren, thanks so much for helping our night run as smoothly as possible! Our night was an absolute success thanks to y'all's hard work!

The wedding suite far exceeds expectations and was absolutely perfect for both getting ready before the wedding and a perfect getaway after a magical night! The staff were so pleasant yet hardworking to make our evening unforgettable. We Highly recommend the Sofitel for your event because the atmosphere of the hotel itself paired with the superb staff will make your night more than just an event but an overall amazing experience! Thanks again!

Xoxo Amanda & Tony Read less
Services Used: Wedding Cake, Wedding Venue
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
The Sofitel Hotel staff was simply beyond amazing in providing our family, guests, and most importantly, my daughter, her husband, and their bridal party with a wedding that was perfection. From the pre-wedding planning to the accommodations, to the food, venue, and especially the staff, everything not only met, but exceeded my expectations.

I have but one daughter. I could not have asked for anything more in wedding venue or in the kindness and investment that every staff member committed to making this day special for my daughter.

Lisa went above and beyond in providing us with a room in which to assemble gift boxes, in bringing my daughter special meals throughout our stay (dietary restrictions), in accommodating numerous requests from guests staying at the hotel, arranging for a parking area for the limo and working with our outside wedding planner.

The change-over of the venue from ceremony room to party room was impeccably handled and we received numerous compliments on the food and service.

I do not write reviews but make an exception in this case. I highly recommend the Sofitel as a venue for any large-scale event.
The Sofitel Hotel staff was simply beyond amazing in providing our family, guests, and most importantly, my daughter, her Read more...
The Sofitel Hotel staff was simply beyond amazing in providing our family, guests, and most importantly, my daughter, her husband, and their bridal party with a wedding that was perfection. From the pre-wedding planning to the accommodations, to the food, venue, and especially the staff, everything not only met, but exceeded my expectations.

I have but one daughter. I could not have asked for anything more in wedding venue or in the kindness and investment that every staff member committed to making this day special for my daughter.

Lisa went above and beyond in providing us with a room in which to assemble gift boxes, in bringing my daughter special meals throughout our stay (dietary restrictions), in accommodating numerous requests from guests staying at the hotel, arranging for a parking area for the limo and working with our outside wedding planner.

The change-over of the venue from ceremony room to party room was impeccably handled and we received numerous compliments on the food and service.

I do not write reviews but make an exception in this case. I highly recommend the Sofitel as a venue for any large-scale event. Read less
Services Used: Beauty & Health, Wedding Cake, Catering, Wedding Planning, Wedding Venue, Unique Services
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Zach
Wedding:
6/14/2014
5.0/5.0
Hi Lisa and Lauren,

We must say that this weekend was absolutely perfect. Your staff had incredible attention to detail and everything was executed meticulously! We are so happy that we were able to have our wedding at the Sofitel. Please let Xavier know this as well, he worked so hard on Saturday, and Dash was incredible as well.

Lisa, you are really amazing and so wonderful to work with. Everyone raved about the food and service. It was an awesome weekend!

Many thanks to you and the staff.

Zach and Jess
Hi Lisa and Lauren,

We must say that this weekend was absolutely perfect. Your staff had incredible attention to Read more...
Hi Lisa and Lauren,

We must say that this weekend was absolutely perfect. Your staff had incredible attention to detail and everything was executed meticulously! We are so happy that we were able to have our wedding at the Sofitel. Please let Xavier know this as well, he worked so hard on Saturday, and Dash was incredible as well.

Lisa, you are really amazing and so wonderful to work with. Everyone raved about the food and service. It was an awesome weekend!

Many thanks to you and the staff.

Zach and Jess Read less
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Matthew
Wedding:
5/2/2014
5.0/5.0
Dear Lisa,
Thank you so much for all that you did to make our special day so perfect. We knew from the start that we were making the right choice and as time went on and the Big Day came and went, we could not be happier with our decision. Everything turned out perfectly and people are still telling us how beautiful the hotel was, and how much fun they had. Our guests were so happy with the ease of the night and the smooth transition from room to room, and for that we are so thankful. Thank you for always having a smile on your face and cheerfulness in your voice. Thank you for making time for us and for making us and our parents feel at ease. Thank you so much for not once showing any sign of stress-- even when Brittany forgot the namecards. You came to the rescue and there was no stress on our end whatsoever-- you are amazing! It was truly a pleasure working with you and we are 110% happy with how everything went and turned out. Thank you so much!
Matthew & Brittany Jacobson
Dear Lisa,
Thank you so much for all that you did to make our special day so perfect. We knew from the start that we Read more...
Dear Lisa,
Thank you so much for all that you did to make our special day so perfect. We knew from the start that we were making the right choice and as time went on and the Big Day came and went, we could not be happier with our decision. Everything turned out perfectly and people are still telling us how beautiful the hotel was, and how much fun they had. Our guests were so happy with the ease of the night and the smooth transition from room to room, and for that we are so thankful. Thank you for always having a smile on your face and cheerfulness in your voice. Thank you for making time for us and for making us and our parents feel at ease. Thank you so much for not once showing any sign of stress-- even when Brittany forgot the namecards. You came to the rescue and there was no stress on our end whatsoever-- you are amazing! It was truly a pleasure working with you and we are 110% happy with how everything went and turned out. Thank you so much!
Matthew & Brittany Jacobson Read less
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Bill
Wedding:
4/26/2014
5.0/5.0
To Lisa Strickland, the wedding coordinator at the Sofitel,
I appreciate all your support for my daughter's wedding. She had a fabulous time- everything you did and your staff did was perfect! You delivered on your promise of 1 1/2 years ago that we would be thrilled. We were! Thank you!
Bill Dixon
To Lisa Strickland, the wedding coordinator at the Sofitel,
I appreciate all your support for my daughter's wedding. Read more...
To Lisa Strickland, the wedding coordinator at the Sofitel,
I appreciate all your support for my daughter's wedding. She had a fabulous time- everything you did and your staff did was perfect! You delivered on your promise of 1 1/2 years ago that we would be thrilled. We were! Thank you!
Bill Dixon Read less
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Aaron
Wedding:
4/5/2014
5.0/5.0
I had my wedding at the Sofitel Philadelphia on April 5th. Everything was excellent. The friendliness of the employees and level of service was outstanding from the valet, bellman through to the restaurant and banquet staff as well as Lisa Strickland, the event manager. Lisa went above and beyond to make our wedding perfect and without her, there's no way we would have had such a successful event. Additionally, Lisa's initial presentation of the venue and her dedication to the Sofitel was the primary reason we chose Sofitel. Lisa was integral in helping us to make Sofitel our final choice. Our personal server during the wedding was outstanding as well and should be recognized as the best in hotel. I believe his name was Dash? I travel regularly both domestically and internationally, and found the service at the Sofitel-Philadelphia to be the best I have seen worldwide. We look forward to returning to Sofitel Philadelphia as well as visiting the Sofitel in Paris and other cities.

Thank you,

Aaron R
I had my wedding at the Sofitel Philadelphia on April 5th. Everything was excellent. The friendliness of the employees and Read more...
I had my wedding at the Sofitel Philadelphia on April 5th. Everything was excellent. The friendliness of the employees and level of service was outstanding from the valet, bellman through to the restaurant and banquet staff as well as Lisa Strickland, the event manager. Lisa went above and beyond to make our wedding perfect and without her, there's no way we would have had such a successful event. Additionally, Lisa's initial presentation of the venue and her dedication to the Sofitel was the primary reason we chose Sofitel. Lisa was integral in helping us to make Sofitel our final choice. Our personal server during the wedding was outstanding as well and should be recognized as the best in hotel. I believe his name was Dash? I travel regularly both domestically and internationally, and found the service at the Sofitel-Philadelphia to be the best I have seen worldwide. We look forward to returning to Sofitel Philadelphia as well as visiting the Sofitel in Paris and other cities.

Thank you,

Aaron R Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
Dear Lisa and Lauren,

Since you two make such a great team I thought I would send one email to tell you just how you exceeded our expectations. Everything we talked about seemed to happen as was planned. I know that behind the scenes might be a different story but as far as I could see and from my guests' comments, it was pure perfection on your end. Your staff was totally accommodating and sincere in their efforts to fulfill requests that were made. Lisa, you couldn't have been sweeter, more organized or more helpful throughout the night and I greatly appreciate everything you did to make our wedding the success it was. Jamie and Jason were completely pleased, and you know, if they're happy we're ecstatic! Although I had nothing to do with the brunch, it was beautiful and left no one wanting anything!
You made the process pleasant and easy and were both a treat to work with from beginning to end. Thank you so much.
Dear Lisa and Lauren,

Since you two make such a great team I thought I would send one email to tell you just how Read more...
Dear Lisa and Lauren,

Since you two make such a great team I thought I would send one email to tell you just how you exceeded our expectations. Everything we talked about seemed to happen as was planned. I know that behind the scenes might be a different story but as far as I could see and from my guests' comments, it was pure perfection on your end. Your staff was totally accommodating and sincere in their efforts to fulfill requests that were made. Lisa, you couldn't have been sweeter, more organized or more helpful throughout the night and I greatly appreciate everything you did to make our wedding the success it was. Jamie and Jason were completely pleased, and you know, if they're happy we're ecstatic! Although I had nothing to do with the brunch, it was beautiful and left no one wanting anything!
You made the process pleasant and easy and were both a treat to work with from beginning to end. Thank you so much. Read less
Services Used: Wedding Cake, Catering, Wedding Venue
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
The perfect place to have a city wedding. Excellent customer service. Every employee that works for Sofitel went above and beyond for all guests. Beautiful venue, excellent food and even better employees. We cant say enough about how perfectly everything went. Thank you Sofitel!
The perfect place to have a city wedding. Excellent customer service. Every employee that works for Sofitel went above and Read more...
The perfect place to have a city wedding. Excellent customer service. Every employee that works for Sofitel went above and beyond for all guests. Beautiful venue, excellent food and even better employees. We cant say enough about how perfectly everything went. Thank you Sofitel! Read less
Services Used: Wedding Cake, Catering, Lighting & Decor, Rentals & Photobooths, Travel, Wedding Venue, Unique Services
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
My wife and I had the wedding of our dreams at the Sofitel Philadelphia. It truly was an exceptional venue to host our winter wedding weekend. On top of it all, the staff was incredible to work with, especially Lisa Strickland, the Social Catering Manager. We would highly recommend this venue to anyone looking for a memorable wedding venue.
My wife and I had the wedding of our dreams at the Sofitel Philadelphia. It truly was an exceptional venue to host our Read more...
My wife and I had the wedding of our dreams at the Sofitel Philadelphia. It truly was an exceptional venue to host our winter wedding weekend. On top of it all, the staff was incredible to work with, especially Lisa Strickland, the Social Catering Manager. We would highly recommend this venue to anyone looking for a memorable wedding venue. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
Sofitel made our wedding spectacular. We got so many compliments on how great everything was...the facility, the food, the staff, everything. We were so VERY happy with the service and flexibility Sofitel gave us through the entire process. The Banquet and Catering staff went out of their way to ensure we had everything we needed...even slippers so I wouldn't have to wander around in my bare feet once my feet had given up on my heels! We love Sofitel and look forward to staying with them again and again. We definitely recommend them and will use them again if we need a venue for any future events.
Sofitel made our wedding spectacular. We got so many compliments on how great everything was...the facility, the food, the Read more...
Sofitel made our wedding spectacular. We got so many compliments on how great everything was...the facility, the food, the staff, everything. We were so VERY happy with the service and flexibility Sofitel gave us through the entire process. The Banquet and Catering staff went out of their way to ensure we had everything we needed...even slippers so I wouldn't have to wander around in my bare feet once my feet had given up on my heels! We love Sofitel and look forward to staying with them again and again. We definitely recommend them and will use them again if we need a venue for any future events. Read less
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Robin
Wedding:
10/12/2013
5.0/5.0
This was the most perfect place to have a wedding, especially if you are doing the ceremony and reception all in one location. The service is impeccable, the food is amazing and staff go out of their way to ensure that your day goes smoothly. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this place, especially because you get a lot for your money. If I could do it all over again, I wouldn't change a thing and this would still be my number one choice for hosting an event.
This was the most perfect place to have a wedding, especially if you are doing the ceremony and reception all in one Read more...
This was the most perfect place to have a wedding, especially if you are doing the ceremony and reception all in one location. The service is impeccable, the food is amazing and staff go out of their way to ensure that your day goes smoothly. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this place, especially because you get a lot for your money. If I could do it all over again, I wouldn't change a thing and this would still be my number one choice for hosting an event. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
We had our wedding (ceremony and reception) at the Sofitel. The process and the final product were both perfect. Their catering staff was a delight to work with -- professional, flexible and thoughtful.

The big day could not have gone better. The food was great and the service was out of this world. I rarely notice the service at weddings, but the quality of the Sofitel wait staff is hard to miss. Lots of people commented on the fact that wineglasses were never empty. Likewise guests who left their table during dinner returned to find that a thoughtful waiter had folded their napkin and covered their food so it would stay hot. That sounds like a small thing, but they showed that kind of attention to detail at every stage.

We couldn't have been happier.
We had our wedding (ceremony and reception) at the Sofitel. The process and the final product were both perfect. Their Read more...
We had our wedding (ceremony and reception) at the Sofitel. The process and the final product were both perfect. Their catering staff was a delight to work with -- professional, flexible and thoughtful.

The big day could not have gone better. The food was great and the service was out of this world. I rarely notice the service at weddings, but the quality of the Sofitel wait staff is hard to miss. Lots of people commented on the fact that wineglasses were never empty. Likewise guests who left their table during dinner returned to find that a thoughtful waiter had folded their napkin and covered their food so it would stay hot. That sounds like a small thing, but they showed that kind of attention to detail at every stage.

We couldn't have been happier. Read less
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Debra
Wedding:
9/1/2013
5.0/5.0
Everything and everyone was more perfect and more wonderful than I ever could have imagined. Lisa Strickland and Lauren Conner were responsive and supportive in communicating and following through on any comments, questions or requests. Marla Barnshaw was wonderful in addressing our room reservation requests. The banquet director, Xavier Manfrini, and his staff were exceptionally attentive to every detail. We had many rooms of out of town guests who raved about the quality of the rooms and the service of the staff. After many months of planning, I could not have asked for a more exceptional experience!
Everything and everyone was more perfect and more wonderful than I ever could have imagined. Lisa Strickland and Lauren Read more...
Everything and everyone was more perfect and more wonderful than I ever could have imagined. Lisa Strickland and Lauren Conner were responsive and supportive in communicating and following through on any comments, questions or requests. Marla Barnshaw was wonderful in addressing our room reservation requests. The banquet director, Xavier Manfrini, and his staff were exceptionally attentive to every detail. We had many rooms of out of town guests who raved about the quality of the rooms and the service of the staff. After many months of planning, I could not have asked for a more exceptional experience! Read less
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Arielle
Wedding:
8/3/2013
5.0/5.0
Sofitel was the perfect venue for our dream Center City wedding! The staff is incredibly friendly, flexible, accommodating, and professional. Lisa Strickland, the catering manger, guided us through the entire process of planning our wedding at Sofitel. She was literally my right hand and helped to keep me calm through the bumps in the road to arriving at our big day. Lisa was very helpful in coordinating with our other wedding vendors, which took a lot of stress off of me as she was much better able to explain to them what needed to take place for everything to run smoothly.

Sofitel is definitely an expensive venue but it was worth every penny that we spent. The service and dedication of all of the staff, from catering all the way to the parking attendants, was unparalleled. Everyone bent over backwards to make us (and our families) feel special and valued. One thing that I really appreciated was the flexibility within the wedding package to accommodate brides/grooms with divorced parents. Lisa and her assistant Lauren worked tirelessly with us to iron out all of the fine points for our event and paid great attention to detail.

If I had to do it all over again, I wouldn't change a thing about having our wedding at Sofitel Philadelphia! Now that it is all over, I really miss Lisa and LOVED every moment of working with her. Thank you Lisa for all that you did for us!!!!
Sofitel was the perfect venue for our dream Center City wedding! The staff is incredibly friendly, flexible, Read more...
Sofitel was the perfect venue for our dream Center City wedding! The staff is incredibly friendly, flexible, accommodating, and professional. Lisa Strickland, the catering manger, guided us through the entire process of planning our wedding at Sofitel. She was literally my right hand and helped to keep me calm through the bumps in the road to arriving at our big day. Lisa was very helpful in coordinating with our other wedding vendors, which took a lot of stress off of me as she was much better able to explain to them what needed to take place for everything to run smoothly.

Sofitel is definitely an expensive venue but it was worth every penny that we spent. The service and dedication of all of the staff, from catering all the way to the parking attendants, was unparalleled. Everyone bent over backwards to make us (and our families) feel special and valued. One thing that I really appreciated was the flexibility within the wedding package to accommodate brides/grooms with divorced parents. Lisa and her assistant Lauren worked tirelessly with us to iron out all of the fine points for our event and paid great attention to detail.

If I had to do it all over again, I wouldn't change a thing about having our wedding at Sofitel Philadelphia! Now that it is all over, I really miss Lisa and LOVED every moment of working with her. Thank you Lisa for all that you did for us!!!! Read less
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Megan
Wedding:
7/13/2013
5.0/5.0
My new husband and I worked extensively with Lisa Strickland, the Sofitel's wedding coordinator. Throughout this happy, yet stressful process, Lisa was professional, pleasant, and highly attentive to our needs and concerns. Moreover, the majority of my husband's family reside in Wilkes-Barre, PA, and needed to stay at the hotel overnight. Marla, the hotel's main contact for booking rooms, made everyone's accomodations not just adequate, but luxurious, especially after a long afternoon of driving. During the ceremony itself, the bartenders and waiters were polite and efficient; no one's drink was ever empty, and several guests complimented the food and quality of service. After the day was over, many friends and family members commented that our wedding was the best that they had ever attended, and we owe a huge part of everone's overwhelmingly positive experience to Lisa, Marla, and the entire staff at the Sofitel. Thank you so much for making our wedding day so special, and the process of planning it so seamless and stress-free!
My new husband and I worked extensively with Lisa Strickland, the Sofitel's wedding coordinator. Throughout this happy, Read more...
My new husband and I worked extensively with Lisa Strickland, the Sofitel's wedding coordinator. Throughout this happy, yet stressful process, Lisa was professional, pleasant, and highly attentive to our needs and concerns. Moreover, the majority of my husband's family reside in Wilkes-Barre, PA, and needed to stay at the hotel overnight. Marla, the hotel's main contact for booking rooms, made everyone's accomodations not just adequate, but luxurious, especially after a long afternoon of driving. During the ceremony itself, the bartenders and waiters were polite and efficient; no one's drink was ever empty, and several guests complimented the food and quality of service. After the day was over, many friends and family members commented that our wedding was the best that they had ever attended, and we owe a huge part of everone's overwhelmingly positive experience to Lisa, Marla, and the entire staff at the Sofitel. Thank you so much for making our wedding day so special, and the process of planning it so seamless and stress-free! Read less
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Lynda
Wedding:
5/18/2013
5.0/5.0
After committing to the Sofitel, the catering manager left and a completely new person stepped in to fill the role. I was I'll at ease to say the least but the "new girl" (Lisa Strickland) was incredible. She was responsive, professional, and calm. She made sure everything ran smoothly and that I met my deadlines, be they payments or seating charts, with grace and understanding (I am a huge procrastinator).

I absolutely loved everything about the experience from the tasting to choosing the linens and lighting, to the fabulous bridal accommodations. My guests are raving that the food was the best they've had at a wedding and that the whole wedding was a rocking good time. I highly recommend checking out this venue and working with Lisa.
After committing to the Sofitel, the catering manager left and a completely new person stepped in to fill the role. I was Read more...
After committing to the Sofitel, the catering manager left and a completely new person stepped in to fill the role. I was I'll at ease to say the least but the "new girl" (Lisa Strickland) was incredible. She was responsive, professional, and calm. She made sure everything ran smoothly and that I met my deadlines, be they payments or seating charts, with grace and understanding (I am a huge procrastinator).

I absolutely loved everything about the experience from the tasting to choosing the linens and lighting, to the fabulous bridal accommodations. My guests are raving that the food was the best they've had at a wedding and that the whole wedding was a rocking good time. I highly recommend checking out this venue and working with Lisa. Read less
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Christopher
Wedding:
3/23/2013
5.0/5.0
I have nothing but positive feedback following our wedding at the Sofitel Philadelphia on Saturday, March 23rd. As a matter of fact, friends and family are still telling us how much they enjoyed the weddding and how impressed they were with the service at Sofitel Philadelphia.

From the moment we began planning our wedding all the way through the day of, the Sofitel Philadelphia team were on top of their game with what needed to be done to make our day as special as it was.

On the day of our wedding, the Sofitel team was on hand to make sure everything went smoothly and to ensure we had a memorable day. I have to say they went above and beyond to see this happen for us and for that we are very happy with our decision to use the Sofitel Philadelphia for our wedding.

We loved having our wedding so much at the Sofitel Philadelphia, that we are now planning for our 10 year anniversary special at the Sofitel Philadelphia.

If you are looking for a venue that will ensure you have a first class wedding, then I would strongly suggest the Sofitel Philadelphia.
I have nothing but positive feedback following our wedding at the Sofitel Philadelphia on Saturday, March 23rd. As a Read more...
I have nothing but positive feedback following our wedding at the Sofitel Philadelphia on Saturday, March 23rd. As a matter of fact, friends and family are still telling us how much they enjoyed the weddding and how impressed they were with the service at Sofitel Philadelphia.

From the moment we began planning our wedding all the way through the day of, the Sofitel Philadelphia team were on top of their game with what needed to be done to make our day as special as it was.

On the day of our wedding, the Sofitel team was on hand to make sure everything went smoothly and to ensure we had a memorable day. I have to say they went above and beyond to see this happen for us and for that we are very happy with our decision to use the Sofitel Philadelphia for our wedding.

We loved having our wedding so much at the Sofitel Philadelphia, that we are now planning for our 10 year anniversary special at the Sofitel Philadelphia.

If you are looking for a venue that will ensure you have a first class wedding, then I would strongly suggest the Sofitel Philadelphia. Read less
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Melissa
Wedding:
9/22/2012
5.0/5.0
I can't say enough about how perfect our wedding reception was at Sofitel. The entire staff was professional and attentive Sofitel through the entire process, from the wedding planning to our wedding weekend. Even when there was a crisis less than 2 weeks before our wedding, they made sure my now-husband and I were taken care of and completely confident that everything would run smoothly. I think every guest has told us multiple times that this was the best wedding they've been to, and I know Sofitel was a huge part of making our wedding dreams a reality!
I can't say enough about how perfect our wedding reception was at Sofitel. The entire staff was professional and attentive Read more...
I can't say enough about how perfect our wedding reception was at Sofitel. The entire staff was professional and attentive Sofitel through the entire process, from the wedding planning to our wedding weekend. Even when there was a crisis less than 2 weeks before our wedding, they made sure my now-husband and I were taken care of and completely confident that everything would run smoothly. I think every guest has told us multiple times that this was the best wedding they've been to, and I know Sofitel was a huge part of making our wedding dreams a reality! Read less
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Brooke
Wedding:
6/2/2012
5.0/5.0
We worked with Melody and Lauren while planning our wedding at the Sofitel. They were extremely helpful in answering all of our questions.

The food and cake were delicious. Guests enjoyed a variety of appetizers and raved about their filet and sea bass entrees.

The staff and service were always there when you needed them and couldn't have been nicer.

The overall look of the hotel is beautiful and everyone makes you feel welcome.

My wedding here was beautiful, there was nothing that we didn't like and we plan on coming back again to visit.

The bridal suite was huge, it was a great room to get ready in with all the bridesmaids and the hotel was helpful in providing us with everything we needed.
We worked with Melody and Lauren while planning our wedding at the Sofitel. They were extremely helpful in answering all Read more...
We worked with Melody and Lauren while planning our wedding at the Sofitel. They were extremely helpful in answering all of our questions.

The food and cake were delicious. Guests enjoyed a variety of appetizers and raved about their filet and sea bass entrees.

The staff and service were always there when you needed them and couldn't have been nicer.

The overall look of the hotel is beautiful and everyone makes you feel welcome.

My wedding here was beautiful, there was nothing that we didn't like and we plan on coming back again to visit.

The bridal suite was huge, it was a great room to get ready in with all the bridesmaids and the hotel was helpful in providing us with everything we needed. Read less
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Leontyne
Wedding:
3/24/2012
5.0/5.0
We had both our ceremony and reception at the Sofitel. The service provided by the team at the Sofitel more than exceeded our expectations. The venue was perfect in satisfying our vision; the food was abundant and delicious; and the service throughout the process and throughout the day was exceptional. There were so many people, particularly, Melody, Lauren, Xavier, Jessica, & Marla, who made the process and the day perfect for us. The responsiveness and accommodations were excellent. The pastry chef even created a special banana dessert for us to be included in the dessert bar. Our family and friends are still talking about the service and accommodations at the Sofitel. It was the perfect venue and I highly recommend Sofitel Philadelphia.
We had both our ceremony and reception at the Sofitel. The service provided by the team at the Sofitel more than exceeded Read more...
We had both our ceremony and reception at the Sofitel. The service provided by the team at the Sofitel more than exceeded our expectations. The venue was perfect in satisfying our vision; the food was abundant and delicious; and the service throughout the process and throughout the day was exceptional. There were so many people, particularly, Melody, Lauren, Xavier, Jessica, & Marla, who made the process and the day perfect for us. The responsiveness and accommodations were excellent. The pastry chef even created a special banana dessert for us to be included in the dessert bar. Our family and friends are still talking about the service and accommodations at the Sofitel. It was the perfect venue and I highly recommend Sofitel Philadelphia. Read less
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ellen
Wedding:
8/20/2011
5.0/5.0
If you're planning a wedding, choose the Sofitel Philadelphia! Their outstanding French service, their level of attention to detail, courtesy towards you and your guests, fantastic staff, and of course the fabulous food can't be beat! My wedding cake was gorgeous!! A definite "10" without a doubt, there was nothing that wasn't perfect on my special day!
If you're planning a wedding, choose the Sofitel Philadelphia! Their outstanding French service, their level of attention Read more...
If you're planning a wedding, choose the Sofitel Philadelphia! Their outstanding French service, their level of attention to detail, courtesy towards you and your guests, fantastic staff, and of course the fabulous food can't be beat! My wedding cake was gorgeous!! A definite "10" without a doubt, there was nothing that wasn't perfect on my special day! Read less
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Ariana
Wedding:
3/5/2011
5.0/5.0
We had our reception at the Sofitel and it was AMAZING! Planning my wedding was very stressful, and the staff at Sofitel managed to put my mind at ease, and walked me through what a wonderful process this was. We were treated like royalty, and made to feel incredibly special. The food and wine tasting was insanely good, it was very difficult to decide what to choose, the chef is outstanding. He even came over so that my husband and I could meet him and ask him any questions that we had. The day of the wedding was magical, and it went so smoothly. They worked with my vendors and were so professional. Every detail was perfect. The bridal suite was breathtaking on the top floor. Just everything was perfect. Thank you so much Sofitel!!
We had our reception at the Sofitel and it was AMAZING! Planning my wedding was very stressful, and the staff at Sofitel Read more...
We had our reception at the Sofitel and it was AMAZING! Planning my wedding was very stressful, and the staff at Sofitel managed to put my mind at ease, and walked me through what a wonderful process this was. We were treated like royalty, and made to feel incredibly special. The food and wine tasting was insanely good, it was very difficult to decide what to choose, the chef is outstanding. He even came over so that my husband and I could meet him and ask him any questions that we had. The day of the wedding was magical, and it went so smoothly. They worked with my vendors and were so professional. Every detail was perfect. The bridal suite was breathtaking on the top floor. Just everything was perfect. Thank you so much Sofitel!! Read less
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Mindy
Wedding:
11/3/2007
5.0/5.0
We used the Sofitel for both our hotel block and for a brunch the morning after the wedding. First, the hotel itself is wonderful! All of our guests raved about their rooms and it is definitely a great value for such a nice hotel downtown.

The brunch worked out really well, too. The food was great and we had a nice private room for an "open house" atmosphere. The food was overpriced for basically pastries, coffee, and juice but it was worth it for the convenience.
We used the Sofitel for both our hotel block and for a brunch the morning after the wedding. First, the hotel itself is Read more...
We used the Sofitel for both our hotel block and for a brunch the morning after the wedding. First, the hotel itself is wonderful! All of our guests raved about their rooms and it is definitely a great value for such a nice hotel downtown.

The brunch worked out really well, too. The food was great and we had a nice private room for an "open house" atmosphere. The food was overpriced for basically pastries, coffee, and juice but it was worth it for the convenience. Read less
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Allison
Wedding:
6/23/2013
4.8/5.0
Sofitel was a beautiful place to get married! It's elegant and upscale and the service was terrific. The food was fabulous and I was especially impressed with our wedding cake, which came with the package. We picked a chocolate chip and white chocolate mouse cake, which was to die for. I had shown the pastry chef a picture of what we wanted and she really put together a beautiful cake that was exactly what we had wanted. Our guests raved about the food and the cake. The top shelf open bar didn't hurt either. We had both our ceremony and reception at the hotel and both were set up perfectly. Again, the staff and service was terrific. An added bonus included with the wedding packages are that bride and groom get to stay in the presidential suite which is the size of an apartment, and both sets of parents get a junior suite the night of the wedding. The only blip on our experience was our event coordinator... she was a little flaky the day of the wedding and we temporarily got locked out of a room that we needed to be in after the ceremony.
Sofitel was a beautiful place to get married! It's elegant and upscale and the service was terrific. The food was fabulous Read more...
Sofitel was a beautiful place to get married! It's elegant and upscale and the service was terrific. The food was fabulous and I was especially impressed with our wedding cake, which came with the package. We picked a chocolate chip and white chocolate mouse cake, which was to die for. I had shown the pastry chef a picture of what we wanted and she really put together a beautiful cake that was exactly what we had wanted. Our guests raved about the food and the cake. The top shelf open bar didn't hurt either. We had both our ceremony and reception at the hotel and both were set up perfectly. Again, the staff and service was terrific. An added bonus included with the wedding packages are that bride and groom get to stay in the presidential suite which is the size of an apartment, and both sets of parents get a junior suite the night of the wedding. The only blip on our experience was our event coordinator... she was a little flaky the day of the wedding and we temporarily got locked out of a room that we needed to be in after the ceremony. Read less
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Sarah
Wedding:
11/10/2012
4.7/5.0
Responsive and professional. They helped my wedding planner and I pull together an amazing evening. The Sofitel staff is amazing (especially the wait staff and bartenders who were patient and very attentive)! My guests couldn't stop raving about the food (especially the hors'd'ouevres stations)!

The venue itself is a stunning oasis in Rittenhouse Square and is convenient for guests for accommodations, restaurant options, and the beautiful hotel bar which is where we had our after party!

So glad we chose the Sofitel!
Responsive and professional. They helped my wedding planner and I pull together an amazing evening. The Sofitel staff is Read more...
Responsive and professional. They helped my wedding planner and I pull together an amazing evening. The Sofitel staff is amazing (especially the wait staff and bartenders who were patient and very attentive)! My guests couldn't stop raving about the food (especially the hors'd'ouevres stations)!

The venue itself is a stunning oasis in Rittenhouse Square and is convenient for guests for accommodations, restaurant options, and the beautiful hotel bar which is where we had our after party!

So glad we chose the Sofitel! Read less
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keystephens
Wedding:
10/15/2010
4.7/5.0
Ceremony & Reception Beautiful- speechless
Food- Delicious
Staff- A pleasure to work with
Wedding DAY!!! Priceless
Ceremony & Reception Beautiful- speechless
Food- Delicious
Staff- A pleasure to work with
Wedding DAY!!! Read more...
Ceremony & Reception Beautiful- speechless
Food- Delicious
Staff- A pleasure to work with
Wedding DAY!!! Priceless Read less
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Lynn
Wedding:
5/22/2010
4.5/5.0
Reception only. Beautiful place to have a wedding reception. The ambience and decor was amazing and they definitely worked with us when we needed additional touches for our reception. The hors doeuvres were AMAZING!! The main course I was abit disappointed about because the food presented to us during the tasting was much better. However, I did hear from multiple guests how much they enjoyed the food so maybe I just received an overdone filet? The wedding cake was very disappointing. Granted the decorations to the cake were beautiful, the taste and texture was like eating cornbread. Overall though, we got multiple comments about how awesome and professional the place looked and we really enjoyed having our wedding there.
Reception only. Beautiful place to have a wedding reception. The ambience and decor was amazing and they definitely worked Read more...
Reception only. Beautiful place to have a wedding reception. The ambience and decor was amazing and they definitely worked with us when we needed additional touches for our reception. The hors doeuvres were AMAZING!! The main course I was abit disappointed about because the food presented to us during the tasting was much better. However, I did hear from multiple guests how much they enjoyed the food so maybe I just received an overdone filet? The wedding cake was very disappointing. Granted the decorations to the cake were beautiful, the taste and texture was like eating cornbread. Overall though, we got multiple comments about how awesome and professional the place looked and we really enjoyed having our wedding there. Read less
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Lauren
Wedding:
9/10/2011
4.4/5.0
The hotel is beautiful and worked with us to have a kosher wedding there. The night was beautiful
The hotel is beautiful and worked with us to have a kosher wedding there. The night was beautiful
The hotel is beautiful and worked with us to have a kosher wedding there. The night was beautiful Read less
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Rachel
Wedding:
12/15/2012
4.0/5.0
Venue: Very classic and simple.

Food: This is the reason to have your wedding here. The food is spectacular!

Staff: I don’t have enough positive things to say about the banquet manger, Jessica. She was AMAZING! The wedding coordinator they provide… nearly awful. Hotel staff & waiters polite.

Guest Rooms: typical overpriced high end Center City Hotel rooms

As the reviews before us mention… the HIDDEN CHARGES! Make sure you get everything clear from the beginning and constantly check your emails, papers sent by them, everything! Most of the time when they quoted prices first it was without tax, service and gratuity until we clarified.

In the end our wedding was lovely, the space was fine. But to be honest there was lots of unnecessary stress from myself, my husband and my parents. I would only recommend this place if you are planning to hire your own wedding coordinator.
Venue: Very classic and simple.

Food: This is the reason to have your wedding here. The food is spectacular! Read more...
Venue: Very classic and simple.

Food: This is the reason to have your wedding here. The food is spectacular!

Staff: I don’t have enough positive things to say about the banquet manger, Jessica. She was AMAZING! The wedding coordinator they provide… nearly awful. Hotel staff & waiters polite.

Guest Rooms: typical overpriced high end Center City Hotel rooms

As the reviews before us mention… the HIDDEN CHARGES! Make sure you get everything clear from the beginning and constantly check your emails, papers sent by them, everything! Most of the time when they quoted prices first it was without tax, service and gratuity until we clarified.

In the end our wedding was lovely, the space was fine. But to be honest there was lots of unnecessary stress from myself, my husband and my parents. I would only recommend this place if you are planning to hire your own wedding coordinator. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
3.8/5.0
The Venue/Rooms: We had our wedding reception at the Sofitel. I must first say that it is a beautiful hotel and the room rates are great for a downtown hotel. We had a block of 30 rooms. The guests loved their guestrooms and the bridal suite (which I had for two nights) is larger than most people's apartments!! Fantastic!! It allowed all of the women to get ready together on the day of and my husband and I enjoyed it after our wedding (whirlpool tub for two). The ballroom is essentially just that, a ballroom. They just re-did their carpets (nice, in browns and creams). It's a more contemporary ballroom as is their hotel. We were looking to jazz it up and did all sorts of lighting, uplighting and draping and it came out beautiful. I can't tell you the amount of guests that told us (and our families) how it was the best wedding they ever went to. We are still hearing it a month later!

Personnel/Coordinator: Most of the personnel there showed great customer service. The wedding coordinator (who also did the sales) there started off ok (not great), but ended up being too high-strung and displayed poor and emotional behavior just days before our wedding (and I thought the bride was supposed to the uptight one!). Overall, she was also a little ditsy (forgot requested things or previous meeting discussions) and certainly seemed "green" (always needed to ask her boss for permission instead of being the one to grant things) but she got the job done (with assistance from me and my outside wedding coordinator who kept her on track). Putting her aside, the rest of the service was great. During the reception, everyone's needs were tended to and then some! Water glasses were constantly filled, napkins re-folded whenever you left the table, etc. The banquet manager (separate from the coordinator) kept it all on track that day.

Food: Fantastic!! We've all been to weddings in which the food was cold or you had small portions. Well the Sofitel is not that place! Everyone raved about the food and the amount that we had. Cocktail hour we had tons of food and we choose the filet mignon, chicken rolletini, and vegetarian puffed pastry as the entrees. The steak (7oz) you could cut with a butter knife! Everyone was served at the same time and the food was hot. Hands-down, great food!

Wedding Cake: This was included in the package. To be honest my husband and I both hated the icing at our tasting session. The pound cake itself was good but the icing tasted "like Crisco" according to my husband. It definitely was not sweet and tasted funny. We requested that they make sweeter icing for the wedding day. They honored our request and it turned out decent. We had mixed reviews on our cake from the guests. The majority liked the flavor, some didn't and my husband and I thought it was ok. It looked nice though.

The Hidden Charges: Be forewarned that by our wedding day, we felt that they (specifically their wedding coordinator) were constantly trying to nickel and dime us on every little thing. Here's where keeping all of your notes and being organized comes into play. I was able to reference back to conversations and meetings in which no charges were discussed for things and was able to win the battle. If you are not this organized, you will get taken. Make sure you agree to everything upfront before signing your package. I was able to negotiate a ton of things as part of our package and I'm thrilled that I did.

Conclusion: We had a beautiful wedding and I'm thankful for that. Would I do the wedding there again? Maybe. I'll be honest, I (We) was (were) very frustrated at the end with their coordinator and the shananagans that came through at the last hour (to the point where I am considering writing a letter to upper management). The guests were none the wiser and had a great time with great food. So, it may be a bit of frustration and organization for you, but your guests will have a great time at a beautiful hotel!
The Venue/Rooms: We had our wedding reception at the Sofitel. I must first say that it is a beautiful hotel and the room Read more...
The Venue/Rooms: We had our wedding reception at the Sofitel. I must first say that it is a beautiful hotel and the room rates are great for a downtown hotel. We had a block of 30 rooms. The guests loved their guestrooms and the bridal suite (which I had for two nights) is larger than most people's apartments!! Fantastic!! It allowed all of the women to get ready together on the day of and my husband and I enjoyed it after our wedding (whirlpool tub for two). The ballroom is essentially just that, a ballroom. They just re-did their carpets (nice, in browns and creams). It's a more contemporary ballroom as is their hotel. We were looking to jazz it up and did all sorts of lighting, uplighting and draping and it came out beautiful. I can't tell you the amount of guests that told us (and our families) how it was the best wedding they ever went to. We are still hearing it a month later!

Personnel/Coordinator: Most of the personnel there showed great customer service. The wedding coordinator (who also did the sales) there started off ok (not great), but ended up being too high-strung and displayed poor and emotional behavior just days before our wedding (and I thought the bride was supposed to the uptight one!). Overall, she was also a little ditsy (forgot requested things or previous meeting discussions) and certainly seemed "green" (always needed to ask her boss for permission instead of being the one to grant things) but she got the job done (with assistance from me and my outside wedding coordinator who kept her on track). Putting her aside, the rest of the service was great. During the reception, everyone's needs were tended to and then some! Water glasses were constantly filled, napkins re-folded whenever you left the table, etc. The banquet manager (separate from the coordinator) kept it all on track that day.

Food: Fantastic!! We've all been to weddings in which the food was cold or you had small portions. Well the Sofitel is not that place! Everyone raved about the food and the amount that we had. Cocktail hour we had tons of food and we choose the filet mignon, chicken rolletini, and vegetarian puffed pastry as the entrees. The steak (7oz) you could cut with a butter knife! Everyone was served at the same time and the food was hot. Hands-down, great food!

Wedding Cake: This was included in the package. To be honest my husband and I both hated the icing at our tasting session. The pound cake itself was good but the icing tasted "like Crisco" according to my husband. It definitely was not sweet and tasted funny. We requested that they make sweeter icing for the wedding day. They honored our request and it turned out decent. We had mixed reviews on our cake from the guests. The majority liked the flavor, some didn't and my husband and I thought it was ok. It looked nice though.

The Hidden Charges: Be forewarned that by our wedding day, we felt that they (specifically their wedding coordinator) were constantly trying to nickel and dime us on every little thing. Here's where keeping all of your notes and being organized comes into play. I was able to reference back to conversations and meetings in which no charges were discussed for things and was able to win the battle. If you are not this organized, you will get taken. Make sure you agree to everything upfront before signing your package. I was able to negotiate a ton of things as part of our package and I'm thrilled that I did.

Conclusion: We had a beautiful wedding and I'm thankful for that. Would I do the wedding there again? Maybe. I'll be honest, I (We) was (were) very frustrated at the end with their coordinator and the shananagans that came through at the last hour (to the point where I am considering writing a letter to upper management). The guests were none the wiser and had a great time with great food. So, it may be a bit of frustration and organization for you, but your guests will have a great time at a beautiful hotel! Read less
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Burke
Wedding:
9/1/2011
3.5/5.0
The Venue/Rooms: From the minute our guests entered their overnight rooms before the ceremony I was getting txt messages about how beautiful the hotel and rooms were. This is a very very upscale and chic or contemporary hotel. If you're looking for a classy and modern event this is your place.

Personnel/Coordinator: This is the beginning of our issues... The reservations had to go through a manager because there was one gentleman at the front desk who did nothing but mess up every reservation that was called in. He booked them for wrong times, didn't give the correct room block rate, booked for incorrect weekends and more. Absolute mess. They also refused to give the groomsmen a room to get dressed in so they did it in a guests room... The coordinator seemed like she hasn't had much experience whatsoever, and the rehearsal was all out of order and incredibly brief. It lasted all of 10 minutes and no questions were answered. Our priest whispered us through the entire ceremony as we were doing it since we barely had no practice. They were incredibly forgetful as well, we always had to argue and remind them of everything.

Food: INCREDIBLE. Every guest was blown away by the food. We did a duet option so we didn't have to mess around with food choices on RSVP cards.

The Hidden Charges: As one person said before, this hotel will nickel and dime you through everything. They are extremely deceiving and you MUST ask a million questions and read the contract front to back 100 times. We were slapped with a few thousand of hidden charges a week before the wedding. They word the contract very confusingly.

Despite the charges and all the issues, it was a beautiful wedding and we've had nothing but compliments from our guests.
The Venue/Rooms: From the minute our guests entered their overnight rooms before the ceremony I was getting txt messages Read more...
The Venue/Rooms: From the minute our guests entered their overnight rooms before the ceremony I was getting txt messages about how beautiful the hotel and rooms were. This is a very very upscale and chic or contemporary hotel. If you're looking for a classy and modern event this is your place.

Personnel/Coordinator: This is the beginning of our issues... The reservations had to go through a manager because there was one gentleman at the front desk who did nothing but mess up every reservation that was called in. He booked them for wrong times, didn't give the correct room block rate, booked for incorrect weekends and more. Absolute mess. They also refused to give the groomsmen a room to get dressed in so they did it in a guests room... The coordinator seemed like she hasn't had much experience whatsoever, and the rehearsal was all out of order and incredibly brief. It lasted all of 10 minutes and no questions were answered. Our priest whispered us through the entire ceremony as we were doing it since we barely had no practice. They were incredibly forgetful as well, we always had to argue and remind them of everything.

Food: INCREDIBLE. Every guest was blown away by the food. We did a duet option so we didn't have to mess around with food choices on RSVP cards.

The Hidden Charges: As one person said before, this hotel will nickel and dime you through everything. They are extremely deceiving and you MUST ask a million questions and read the contract front to back 100 times. We were slapped with a few thousand of hidden charges a week before the wedding. They word the contract very confusingly.

Despite the charges and all the issues, it was a beautiful wedding and we've had nothing but compliments from our guests. Read less
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