Sofitel Receives Prominent Recognition in TripAdvisor's 2008 Travelers' Choice Awards

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Sofitel New York Named Best Luxury Hotel in New York City

It is extremely gratifying to know Sofitel is a trusted and beloved brand among discerning travelers.

Sofitel Luxury Hotels achieved high rankings in the sixth annual Travelers' Choice Awards released by TripAdvisor® this week. Sofitel New York captured a No. 1 spot with two other North American properties and two international properties also receiving accolades.

"We are thrilled at the number of Sofitel properties ranked among the best in the world," said David O'Shaughnessy, senior vice president Operations North and South America, Sofitel. "It is extremely gratifying to know Sofitel is a trusted and beloved brand among discerning travelers."

Among the hotels chosen for the esteemed awards, Sofitel New York placed No. 1 in Best in the 25 Most Popular Destinations, No. 2 in Top 10 Best Luxury - U.S. and No. 25 in Top 100 Best Luxury - World. Sofitel Chicago Water Tower also received several mentions including No. 8 in Top 10 Best Luxury - U.S., No. 15 in Best in the 25 Most Popular Destinations and No. 82 in Top 100 Best Luxury - World.

In Canada, TripAdvisor members cast their vote for Sofitel Montreal, which captured the No. 10 spot among the Top 10 Best Luxury - Canada. In South America it was Sofitel Buenos Aires that received the No. 3 placement in Top 10 Best Luxury - South America as well as No. 96 in Top 100 Best Luxury - World. Finally, jumping across the pond, Sofitel Roma listed No. 7 among the Best in the 25 Most Popular Destinations and No. 63 in Top 100 Best Luxury - World.

Another Sofitel property recommended by TripAdvisor is Sofitel Philadelphia, praised as the top-rated hotel in Philadelphia by visitors to the site.

TripAdvisor®, the world's largest travel community, honored 325 hotels in this sixth year of competition. Unlike any other hotel awards program, TripAdvisor® Travelers' Choice winners are based on guests' reviews and opinions of hotels on tripadvisor.com and content from across the Web. Featuring advice for travelers, TripAdvisor® welcomes nearly 25 million monthly visitors, five million registered members and 10 million reviews and opinions.

Sofitel New York offers ultimate comfort and convenience in the Big Apple. Travelers can enjoy the amenities extended at this fine establishment, set within easy reach of Manhattan's most celebrated attractions in the heart of Midtown.

Sofitel Chicago Water Tower welcomes guests to the stylish hotel, which adds to the rich architectural legacy of the Windy City. Designed by French architect Jean-Paul Viguier, the hotel is located minutes from Chicago's Magnificent Mile, the Museum of Contemporary Art, the Art Institute and the trendy boutiques of Michigan Avenue.

Considered among the best downtown Montreal hotels, Sofitel Montreal is located in the heart of the historic "Golden Square Mile" at the corner of Stanley and Sherbrooke Streets. Sofitel Montreal celebrates the French "art de vivire" by displaying works of contemporary art, offering a unique dining experience and an intimate bar.

The Sofitel Philadelphia blends French elegance with American style, providing a refined environment for upscale business and leisure travel. Offering the height of contemporary comfort and convenience, this downtown Philadelphia hotel provides the ideal setting as the cornerstone of the French Quarter and minutes from historical attractions.

In the picturesque locale of Retiro stands Sofitel Buenos Aires. The neoclassical exterior perfectly complements an Art Déco interior designed by Pierre-Yves Rochon. Catering to an international clientele, Sofitel Buenos Aires features and international restaurant, "Le Sud"; a traditional bar, "Café Arroyo"; and a library where guests can study Argentine history and art.

Sofitel Roma is a four-star Rome hotel in the vibrant heart of the city. The essence of Rome is captured in the décor of colored mosaics made from precious marbles on the floor, large frescoes and wide staircases throughout the hotel.

Sofitel: re-inventing French elegance in luxury hotels
Sofitel creates unique luxury hotels in the world's most attractive destinations, by the artful blending of its French origins with the very best of local cultures. Sofitel forges a privileged bond between its staff of devoted service professionals and its cosmopolitan guests who expect and appreciate beauty, quality and excellence. Sofitel offers the best of French elegance, from food and wine rituals to bedding, design and personal care products. Hotels where life can be savored, shared with others, lived in harmony with oneself; transforming every stay into a unique and unforgettable experience.

The Sofitel brand portfolio will offer clear and attractive options adapted to today's more demanding and more versatile consumers.

Sofitel Legend: a collection of legendary luxury properties, defining a renewed way of living heritage and palace hotels for inner luxury driven travelers.

Sofitel: World-class hotels, with French elegance, blending relationships and pleasures for today's discerning travelers in the upper-upscale segment.

So by Sofitel: a new kind of boutique hotel, with style and soul, reconciling design and pleasure for trend conscious consumers.

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