ON THIS DAY
Did you know that on this day in 1785, French balloonist Jean-Pierre Blanchard successfully made the 1st air-crossing from the English coast to France? The perfect #traveltueday fact. Vive la France!

ON THIS DAY

Did you know that on this day in 1785, French balloonist Jean-Pierre Blanchard successfully made the 1st air-crossing from the English coast to France? The perfect #traveltueday fact. Vive la France!

ON THIS DAY

Did you know that on this day in 1785, French balloonist Jean-Pierre Blanchard successfully made the 1st air-crossing from the English coast to France? The perfect #traveltueday fact. Vive la France!

PHILLY ART
Giorgio de Chirico was one of the most innovative and controversial artists of the twentieth century. “Giorgio de Chirico and the Myth of Ariadne,” currently on display at the Philadelphia Museum of Art is therefore not-to-be-missed this December! 

PHILLY ART

Giorgio de Chirico was one of the most innovative and controversial artists of the twentieth century. “Giorgio de Chirico and the Myth of Ariadne,” currently on display at the Philadelphia Museum of Art is therefore not-to-be-missed this December! 

PHILLY ART

Giorgio de Chirico was one of the most innovative and controversial artists of the twentieth century. “Giorgio de Chirico and the Myth of Ariadne,” currently on display at the Philadelphia Museum of Art is therefore not-to-be-missed this December! 

FOOTBALL FEVER

We are about to begin a weekend of sporting fever at Sofitel Philadelphia. One of the nation’s most iconic sporting events, the annual Army-Navy Game, returns to Philadelphia’s Lincoln Financial Field tomorrow, Saturday December 14. The Army–Navy Game, commencing in 1890, has been held at several locations throughout its history, but has most frequently been played in Philadelphia. A victory by Navy would give them the Commander-In-Chief’s Trophy for the second consecutive year and for the ninth time in the last 11 seasons.  Navy has won the trophy 13 times overall. Kickoff is scheduled for 3 p.m., but the gates open at 11 a.m. and fans are strongly encouraged to arrive early. Tickets and game-day packages are available online.

PHILLY FOOD
The Reading Terminal Market, established in 1892 at 12th and Arch Streets, is the nation’s oldest continuously operating farmers’ market. Through its long and interesting history , it has seen times both good and bad, but has emerged in the 21st century as one of the greatest public markets in the country. The neon sign at the door provides a clue to its history and colorful present day reincarnation. 

PHILLY FOOD

The Reading Terminal Market, established in 1892 at 12th and Arch Streets, is the nation’s oldest continuously operating farmers’ market. Through its long and interesting history , it has seen times both good and bad, but has emerged in the 21st century as one of the greatest public markets in the country. The neon sign at the door provides a clue to its history and colorful present day reincarnation. 

PHILLY FOOD

The Reading Terminal Market, established in 1892 at 12th and Arch Streets, is the nation’s oldest continuously operating farmers’ market. Through its long and interesting history , it has seen times both good and bad, but has emerged in the 21st century as one of the greatest public markets in the country. The neon sign at the door provides a clue to its history and colorful present day reincarnation. 

POMPEII IN PHILLY

This month Philadelphia guests will have the chance to immerse themselves in the world of Pompeii with an exhibition of art, artifacts and objects straight from Italy to the The Franklin Institute in "One Day in Pompeii", opening this weekend. The exhibit tells the remarkable tale of the city of Pompeii, hidden from view and forgotten for centuries until its rediscovery over 250 years ago. With more than 150 archeological treasures on loan from the collection of the Naples National Archaeological Museum in Italy, the exhibit offers an incredible snapshot of life at the height of the Roman Empire. In addition to the objects, multimedia and film elements (like a captivating CGI experience of the eruption of Mount Vesuvius) complete this remarkable exhibit. Don’t miss it! 

POMPEII IN PHILLY

This month Philadelphia guests will have the chance to immerse themselves in the world of Pompeii with an exhibition of art, artifacts and objects straight from Italy to the The Franklin Institute in "One Day in Pompeii", opening this weekend. The exhibit tells the remarkable tale of the city of Pompeii, hidden from view and forgotten for centuries until its rediscovery over 250 years ago. With more than 150 archeological treasures on loan from the collection of the Naples National Archaeological Museum in Italy, the exhibit offers an incredible snapshot of life at the height of the Roman Empire. In addition to the objects, multimedia and film elements (like a captivating CGI experience of the eruption of Mount Vesuvius) complete this remarkable exhibit. Don’t miss it! 

POMPEII IN PHILLY

This month Philadelphia guests will have the chance to immerse themselves in the world of Pompeii with an exhibition of art, artifacts and objects straight from Italy to the The Franklin Institute in "One Day in Pompeii", opening this weekend. The exhibit tells the remarkable tale of the city of Pompeii, hidden from view and forgotten for centuries until its rediscovery over 250 years ago. With more than 150 archeological treasures on loan from the collection of the Naples National Archaeological Museum in Italy, the exhibit offers an incredible snapshot of life at the height of the Roman Empire. In addition to the objects, multimedia and film elements (like a captivating CGI experience of the eruption of Mount Vesuvius) complete this remarkable exhibit. Don’t miss it! 

FARNIENTE IN PHILADELPHIA

You never need to travel far to see great art when staying at Sofitel Philadelphia. Following the success of their Norma Bessières’ Taming of the Stripes exhibit, Sofitel Philadelphia will soon unveil a new lobby artwork exhibit, Farniente, featuring the works of Dutch artist José van Gool

After establishing herself following five years at the Van Gogh Museum workshop, José portrays her subjects as people who are, as she puts it, “content with their destinies.” Whether they are walking on the beach at sunset, relaxing in a café or dancing, her goal is to forever leave an impression of her subjects’ emotions in our minds. This series of artwork was an easy choice, as Sofitel continue to tie in French elegance with the local culture. And as an added bonus, award-winning Philadelphia Executive Chef Jim Coleman has crafted the perfect fall lunch and dinner menus for Liberté Lounge in light of this new colorful exhibit, guaranteed to exceed your pallet’s expectations. Magnifique!

ALBERTO GIACOMETTI 
“I cannot simultaneously see the eyes, the hands, and the feet of a person standing two or three yards in front of me, but the only part that I do look at entails a sensation of the existence of everything.”—Alberto Giacometti, born on this day in 1901 c/o Philadelphia Museum of Art (philamuseum)
“Annette in a Red Blouse,” 1954, by Alberto Giacometti © Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris http://ow.ly/pGwcO
Learn more about the artist here: http://ow.ly/pGw9V and see his work at the Museum when next staying with us in Philadelphia.

ALBERTO GIACOMETTI 

“I cannot simultaneously see the eyes, the hands, and the feet of a person standing two or three yards in front of me, but the only part that I do look at entails a sensation of the existence of everything.”—Alberto Giacometti, born on this day in 1901 c/o Philadelphia Museum of Art (philamuseum)

“Annette in a Red Blouse,” 1954, by Alberto Giacometti © Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris http://ow.ly/pGwcO

Learn more about the artist here: http://ow.ly/pGw9V and see his work at the Museum when next staying with us in Philadelphia.

ALBERTO GIACOMETTI 

“I cannot simultaneously see the eyes, the hands, and the feet of a person standing two or three yards in front of me, but the only part that I do look at entails a sensation of the existence of everything.”—Alberto Giacometti, born on this day in 1901 c/o Philadelphia Museum of Art (philamuseum)

“Annette in a Red Blouse,” 1954, by Alberto Giacometti © Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris http://ow.ly/pGwcO

Learn more about the artist here: http://ow.ly/pGw9V and see his work at the Museum when next staying with us in Philadelphia.


CONSTITUTION DAY
The Constitution is turning 226 today—and there’s no better place to mark this milestone occasion than in Philadelphia, where framers signed the US Constitution on Sept. 17, 1787. The National Constitution Center is a great place to start your day with events throughout the day at this wonderful hands-on museum, national town hall, and civic education headquarters just steps from Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell. Enjoy! 

CONSTITUTION DAY

The Constitution is turning 226 today—and there’s no better place to mark this milestone occasion than in Philadelphia, where framers signed the US Constitution on Sept. 17, 1787. The National Constitution Center is a great place to start your day with events throughout the day at this wonderful hands-on museum, national town hall, and civic education headquarters just steps from Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell. Enjoy! 

CONSTITUTION DAY

The Constitution is turning 226 today—and there’s no better place to mark this milestone occasion than in Philadelphia, where framers signed the US Constitution on Sept. 17, 1787. The National Constitution Center is a great place to start your day with events throughout the day at this wonderful hands-on museum, national town hall, and civic education headquarters just steps from Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell. Enjoy! 

A great post from recent guest nilejohnson:

Reflecting back on my most recent stay in one of my very favorite hotels, I cant help but think about what an amazing experience I have, every time I visit. I think what makes this particular hotel one my “go to’s” for travel is that actual experience I have every time I visit.

Sure the Hermes bath toiletries and extra closet space are a huge bonus, but in the grand scheme of the hotel experience, those things only play a small part. Even the actual hotel suite, as beautifully appointed as it was, would not have been so wonderful had the service been poor.

I think this is one of the reasons I have always been drawn to great hotels. The fact that a hotel is so much more than just a place to lay your head, is inspiring to me as an interior designer. It is that inspiration that has formulated the way my design firm has started to look at how we approach our own client projects.

While I want to make sure that technical and professional aspects of the design process are attended to properly, accurately, an efficiently, I also want to make sure that those components don’t over shadow the client experience, turning it into an intensely impersonal project. The reason I love interior design so much, is because it is a personal process that happens through the clients own inspiration and personality.

It is just as important for me to create a wonderful experience through the process of design, as it is for my clients to have a beautifully designed space as the end result.