Hotels NYC

Sofitel New York to Undergo Major Renovations

NEW YORK – Sofitel New York, a luxury hotel in the heart of Manhattan, is launching a comprehensive refurbishment project. This initiative, coinciding with the 60th anniversary of Sofitel this year, marks a significant milestone for the brand, reflecting its commitment to dynamic and refined luxury under the leadership of CEO Maud Bailly.

Sofitel New York is announcing a refurbishment plan encompassing all facets of the hotel, including the 398 guestrooms, comprising 51 suites and the Presidential Suite. The building’s iconic skyscraper One Bedroom Suites with breathtaking skyline views, and the Terrace Suites providing unparalleled vistas of the Chrysler or Empire State Buildings from private outdoor terraces, will also be renovated. Additionally, the transformation will extend to the lobby level, meeting spaces, guest elevators and corridors.

The highly anticipated renewal of Sofitel New York, known as a “quiet oasis” amidst bustling Midtown Manhattan, will commence late 2024 with the completion of the public areas scheduled by Fall 2025.

For more than two decades, Sofitel New York has been bringing the French art de vivre to New York. Led by designers HBA San Francisco, renowned for narrative-driven spaces that evoke emotion and inspire discovery, the hotel’s current design blends Parisian Art Deco with 1940s Manhattan glamour. The new designs continue to embrace this concept, marrying Parisian style with New York’s urban spirit. Drawing inspiration from the significant impact of L’Art Décoratif on the city—from the monumental beauty of architectural landmarks that sculpt the skyline to the influence of French fashion and art movements on daily life—the design creates a dialogue between sleek modernity and timeless elegance. Patterns derived from Art Deco and Art Moderne motifs, along with French fashion influences, are combined with intricate detailing and luxurious materials to create a sense of refined opulence. Striking works of art add vibrant energy to the sophisticated spaces, embodying New York’s artistic dynamism—chic and irreverent, bold, and sophisticated.

The color palette balances refinement and boldness, with tones of black, gray, white, and gold serving as the canvas, while vivid artworks and striking metallic accents will capture attention and inspire admiration. These contrasts echo the ethos of French luxury—where every detail is carefully considered, every element plays a part in the overall composition, craftsmanship is exquisite, and innovation pushes the boundaries of the conventional.

The entrance retains the hotel’s original stonework, complemented by black marble stone and wood at the bell desk, black accent paint at the curvilinear walls and ceiling detail, and adornments of metallic gold. A large-scale art installation behind the bell desk creates a stunning light contrast with depth and dimension.

At the center of the grand staircase, the reimagined foyer features a custom sculptural lighting installation inspired by the graceful movement of a ballerina’s tutu. The meeting and event space carpet design is influenced by the bold Art Deco patterns of Parisian fashion houses such as Balmain and Gaultier, combining hues of black, white, and gold in linear and symmetrical designs. This thoughtful design approach marries the timeless Parisian charm with the dynamic spirit of New York, offering guests a unique and sophisticated urban experience.

To usher in Sofitel New York’s next chapter, Dieter Schmitz, a seasoned hotelier with over two decades of experience, has joined Sofitel New York as General Manager. This appointment brings Schmitz back to New York City to focus on rejuvenating the luxury Midtown Manhattan hotel.

“I am thrilled to return to New York City during such an exciting time for Sofitel New York,” said Schmitz. “With an unbeatable location and forthcoming renovation, I look forward to introducing our future flagship property to the world. Our team is committed to excellence and creating personalized guest experiences. We’re taking Sofitel New York to the next level, ensuring the hotel remains an iconic destination in the beating heart of the city.”