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Sofitel Los Angeles

Sofitel Los Angeles

Address: 8555 Beverly Blvd
Phone: 310-278-5444
Web Address: http://www.sofitel.com

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OVERVIEW
Los Angeles is notorious for having no real downtown area. However if it did have one, it would probably be the few blocks surrounding the Beverly Center. A major shopping and dining destination in its own right, the Beverly Center has garnered a panoply of other establishments in its vicinity−including the Sofitel Los Angeles. Located at La Cienega and Beverly Boulevards, this 4-star hotel offers the luxurious comfort and trusted name that the Sofitel is famous for, all within easy proximity of the most visited Southern California destinations. As we have said before Sofitel hotels provide an extraordinary value for this level of style and comfort.

THE HOTEL
Swanky Hollywood glamour meets minimalist French chic throughout the lobby and guestrooms of the Sofitel. Modern art, mirrors and impeccably placed accent lighting throughout the public rooms create a streamlined, urban aesthetic, while vases of exotic orchids and a museum-worthy collection of oil paintings add enthusiastic pops of color to the largely black interior.

THE ROOMS
My guestroom was a bit oddly shaped, like a triangle with the door at one tip. Upon entering, the bathroom door was on the immediate left, then around a small corner was the angled room with a view overlooking the popular Beverly Center shopping center. The décor was a monochromatic collection of grays, blacks and whites, the wall adorned with black and white photographs of the Eiffel Tower and the famed Hollywood sign. The bathroom, though elegant, was disappointingly sans bath tub, however the massive glass and tile shower was large enough to include a bench and was impressive in itself, with a rain option or regular showerhead. The L’Occitane toiletries also add a luxe flourish to the bathing experience. But the crowning glory of this upscale chain hotel’s guestroom was the bed. It was superbly plush with a pillow top that must have been stuffed with marshmallows or clouds or some equally soft and fluffy filling. Add a set of downy sheets and the result was a night’s sleep so dreamy that my alarm clock had a slim to none chance of rousing me come morning.

THE RESTAURANT
SIMON LA, the Sofitel’s premier restaurant serving three meals a day and the accompanying Stone Rose Lounge both have that cool Hollywood see and be seen vibe. Enter through a long, wide corridor lined with luscious leather couches piled with orange, red and gold cushions, all complimented by dark wood cocktail tables and accent pieces. Candles flicker intermittently through the space, making it feel like you are entering a sumptuous, glowing cave. Stop into the Stone Rose Lounge to enjoy a glass from the well-edited wine list. Although it is a bit pricey, I enjoyed a zingy glass of Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand while joining the crowd in people watching. It’s Hollywood after all, and one never knows when Brad Pitt or Julia Roberts will walk into a room. I didn’t spot any celebs, but it hardly mattered because I was about to visit SIMON LA where I was supremely distracted by the cool pseudo-Narnian décor and the fusion of fresh, organic meals. Head Chef Kerry Simon’s distinguished concoctions of modern American comfort food such as gourmet wood fired pizzas and lobster carbonara are so remarkable, the dearth of movie stars didn’t even cross my mind. Appetizers $10-$18, entrees $28-$50, desserts $10. All credit cards. Dress: smart casual.     

THE SERVICE
Upon arrival my car was met and my luggage was immediately taken to the lobby by a smiling bellhop. Check in was simple and the staff courteous, discussing a movie I had seen that day and the indefatigable LA traffic. I was given a quick description of the property and escorted to the elevator. My bags were brought up moments later. When I ordered room service, it was promptly delivered and tasted wonderful.

THE RATES
From $251

WHAT OTHERS SAY…
“The ‘prime location’ near nightclubs, sightseeing and shopping, ‘well designed rooms’, a ‘warm’ staff and a spa all help put this ‘modern, elegant’ West Hollywood address ‘on the map’; expect ‘wonderful food’ (and ‘better than average room service’) from Simon LA, and a sexy vibe’ overall, thanks in part to the Stone Rose Lounge, where you might spot some ‘starlets at the bar’. ZAGAT

WHILE YOU ARE THERE
LeSpa in the hotel includes the fitness center, hammam, outdoor heated pool, sauna and treatment rooms for facials, massages and body treatments. The Beverly Center across the street is a great way to while away an afternoon. Over 160 shops and boutiques including names like Burberry, Gucci and Tiffany & Co.  Just under 10 miles away lies the world famous J. Paul Getty Museum. With stunning architecture, renowned works of art and an encompassing view of Los Angeles, this place should be on your must see list while visiting LA. LA has professional sports teams, beaches are close by and Disneyland and Universal Studios are under an hour away.

DRIVING DISTANCE
San Diego: 2 hours 17 minutes
Santa Barbara: 1 hour 43 minutes
San Jose: 5 hours 46 minutes
San Francisco: 6 hours 28 minutes

Leslie Patrick
 

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