Sofitel Washington DC
Excellent service; wedding was elegant but comfortable. Staff were very responsive and attentive.
Our post-wedding breakfast was lovely--great food, wonderful intimate setting in the bar, and Angela was extremely helpful.
Fantastic space for a smaller sized wedding. Service and food were TOP NOTCH. Location is one block from the White House- our out-of-town guests loved that, and even some of our locals overnight because of the location. We got great rates on rooms for our guests, and the bar downstairs was perfect for mingling on the nights before the wedding. Two big thumbs up.
Overall, our experience with the Sofitel was exceptional. However, there were a few issues we had which I will note below. But I will identify all of the high points first. My (now) husband and I came in from overseas to look at several venue options in DC and the Sofitel was the only venue that offered us a food tasting at that point. In fact, they gave us practically a full tasting and we were treated like royalty. We were made to feel very special, and as though the Sofitel really wanted our business. We then were able to have a second, full tasting at a later date. My husband is Scottish and wanted a special kind of fruit cake which the Sofitel pastry chef researched and developed a recipe for. There was almost a disaster when the chef was replaced right before our wedding, but the new chef was able to replicate the recipe, giving us several tastings of the cake in the week before our wedding to make sure it was right. The food and wine were superb. Food and wine were really important to us, and having seen a number of different venues at a range of price points I can say that we received extraordinarily high quality food and wines at a price that other venues were charging with not nearly as good quality menus on offer. The room itself is a beautiful art deco ballroom and was the perfect size for our 85 guests.
Now for the hiccups. Our contract price was messed up the day before our wedding, and it was unclear if it could be rectified as it was a saturday and no one from accounting was around. It was not a small mistake-- it was an over charge of about $4000. Luckily it was sorted by a call to the event manager's cell phone. During our ceremony, the hotel's internal music system was playing for a bit into our ceremony. I'm not sure who could hear it but we could. It was actually kind of funny, but thankfully our wedding planner got it shut off before the vows. Lastly, our hotel room stay always appeared on our food and beverage contract but it turns out it was never included in the final contract total. Therefore when we were charged for our hotel room we thought it was a mistake as we always thought this had been included in our contract, when in fact it was not.
So all in all we had a wonderful experience and would recommend the Sofitel with the caveat that you check your contracts and bill very carefully.
Designed by internationally renowned Pierre-Yves Rochon, Sofitel Lafayette Square captivates guests with its grand Art Deco style. Its elegant ballroom, with an eye-catching trompe l'oeil mural of Parisian monuments, can be expanded to host banquets of 130. Its five meeting rooms accommodate a variety of group sizes. All of the rooms feature decor that continues the hotel's 1920s motif, and all offer the very latest in meeting technology, from soundproofing to central remote controlled lighting. Flower decoration, photography, stage design and more can be handled on-site.