Sofitel, Los Angeles CA

OVERVIEW of Sofitel

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.

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 at Sofitel

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.

DINING at Sofitel

Riviera 31 is a sophisticated lounge with ruby red and blue velvet sofas under a gold Rococo ceiling featuring live jazz on Monday nights and DJ’s on the weekends.

Cattle & Claw is a pop-up restaurant with a single purpose: to give in-the-know omnivores a place to enjoy two of the world’s favorite foods – lobsters and burgers.

THE SERVICE at Sofitel

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 at Sofitel

From $342 Peak Season Weekend


“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


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