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Old Jan 19, 2010, 11:37 am
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Sofitel New York

I'm a A|Club Gold, pondering booking the Sofitel New York. What are peoples experiences of room upgrades with A|Club membership at this hotel?

I really can't decide if it's worth the extra than my backup option of the Hilton Garden Inn TS, which is cheaper, and won't have to pay for Internet or breakfast.

Thanks for any advice!
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Old Jan 19, 2010, 11:42 am
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I'm Platinum and got a 1 category upgrade on a recent stay. This is a very nice property, comparable to the Sofitel London St. James or Sofitel Chicago if you've been to either of those. It's in a completely different league from a Hilton Garden Inn...while they both have beds, they really are apples-and-oranges.
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Old Jan 19, 2010, 11:51 am
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Thanks. I do understand you can't compare the two, just wondered if I should spend the extra on the room, and then the extras, or save it to spend If I was more likely to get a superior room than a standard, it might swing it!
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Old Jan 19, 2010, 10:45 pm
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Chances for upg are reasonable. I got upgraded on my last three stays at the NY Sofitel.

Standard rooms are very good as well, you really can't compare them with Hilton GI.
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Old Jan 2, 2012, 12:39 pm
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Sofitel New York - Adjacent Diner

Will be back staying at the Sofitel New York for the first time in a couple of years fairly soon.

Last visit, on leaving the hotel if you turned right exiting the lobby there was a diner a short walk down the sidewalk... makes for a much cheaper breakfast!

Is the diner still there?

Thanks.
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Old Jan 2, 2012, 3:05 pm
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Originally Posted by Scott Pilgrim
Will be back staying at the Sofitel New York for the first time in a couple of years fairly soon.

Last visit, on leaving the hotel if you turned right exiting the lobby there was a diner a short walk down the sidewalk... makes for a much cheaper breakfast!

Is the diner still there?

Thanks.
You mean the The Red Flame Diner? Yup, that's still there
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Old Jan 2, 2012, 3:30 pm
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That's the one! Thanks very much ^
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Old Jan 2, 2012, 3:40 pm
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There's also the lovely Gregorys Coffee Opposite.
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Old Jan 3, 2012, 8:52 am
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Thanks, will pay it a visit also.
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Old Sep 14, 2012, 12:51 am
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Sofitel NYC book direct on accorhotels.com or OTA

What disadvantages are there if I book e.g. Sofitel NYC via Expedia or other OTA instead of direct on www.accorhotels.com ?

I need to stay for 1 week, mid November, and I can see significantly cheaper rates at Expedia and co...

Do they offer more to status customers (I have Platinum) if you book direct?

Do you get points if you book via Expedia?

Thanks in advance for any advice...
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Old Sep 14, 2012, 1:26 am
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Originally Posted by shorthauldad
What disadvantages are there if I book e.g. Sofitel NYC via Expedia or other OTA instead of direct on www.accorhotels.com ?

I need to stay for 1 week, mid November, and I can see significantly cheaper rates at Expedia and co...

Do they offer more to status customers (I have Platinum) if you book direct?

Do you get points if you book via Expedia?

Thanks in advance for any advice...
Officially, no perks are offered if booked via OTA, though it happens sometimes. Definitely: no points.

You could try the best price guarantee though this is fraught with difficulties.
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Old Sep 14, 2012, 3:12 am
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Originally Posted by starflyergold
Officially, no perks are offered if booked via OTA, though it happens sometimes. Definitely: no points.

You could try the best price guarantee though this is fraught with difficulties.
Exactly as I feared - thanks for confirming this. However, it seems I can get 16% cashback if I book via QuidCo > accorhotels.com direct, so this softens the price difference quite a bit.

Follow-up Q: how good (or bad) is the status recognition for Platinum at Sofitel NYC?
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Old Sep 14, 2012, 5:03 am
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Originally Posted by shorthauldad
Follow-up Q: how good (or bad) is the status recognition for Platinum at Sofitel NYC?
I find it good. Room upgrade and gift (chocolates) given without asking. Free drink voucher also given without prompting (valid for Champagne too) and was told by the front desk that they appreciate my loyalty, last time I stayed.
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Old Sep 14, 2012, 5:09 am
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Originally Posted by shorthauldad
Follow-up Q: how good (or bad) is the status recognition for Platinum at Sofitel NYC?
Much better these days, took a lot of prodding 2 or 3 years ago.
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Old Sep 16, 2012, 5:55 pm
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When we stayed for 5 nights in Jan earlier this year, we booked thru hotels.com which was around 15% cheaper plus cashback at the time, we had no problems with collecting points, the front desk had the drinks vouchers ready too on arrival.
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