Fol­low the stars

The Sof­i­tel Los An­ge­les at Bev­erly Hills is the stylish abode where many top celebs can be found, stay­ing and play­ing

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When vis­it­ing Los An­ge­les, it’s im­por­tant to know where to go at the end of the day when the “Lights! Cam­era! Ac­tion!” pace of the city can keep a vis­i­tor run­ning from one end of the day to the other.

What’s needed is a re­treat from the hurly-burly, but still right in the mid­dle of the ac­tion. The kind of place that has so­phis­ti­ca­tion to spare but where it feels right to kick off your shoes once be­hind closed doors in your room.

That’s the deal at the Sof­i­tel Los An­ge­les at Bev­erly Hills, which mixes a unique blend of French air with Hol­ly­wood glam­our through­out its 295 rooms and suites.

It’s style that’s dressed to im­press, start­ing in the lobby — an ex­trav­a­ganza of sheen and shine that looks a lit­tle like some­thing from the set of a grand old MGM mu­si­cal.

The look is smart and plush, the art­work is bold and dra­matic and the lights shine in all the right ways — which is a good thing for the many celebri­ties who take a meet­ing in the dis­creet cor­ners or en­joy a cock­tail when their day in front of the cam­eras is done.

Some stars have dubbed this place “a slice of Paris in the mid­dle of Los An­ge­les”, for its con­tem­po­rary, chic decor. In re­cent times, it has be­come a see-and-be-seen kind of place, and at the same time, an ur­ban re­sort that dou­bles as a launch­ing pad when vis­i­tors want to ex­plore some of LA’s most pop­u­lar land­marks, to be found right out­side the front doors.

When step­ping away from the busy­ness of Bev­erly Boule­vard, the Sof­i­tel is where you can eas­ily get your breath back, with all its easy, smooth style.

The SoSpa is one of the most pop­u­lar spots for do­ing just that; a place to re­lax and un­wind. It of­fers an ar­ray of in­dul­gent treat­ments like fa­cials, mas­sages, and even a pri­vate spa bath. It’s lit­tle won­der these spa rooms are booked back-to-back through awards sea­son, when stars line up for help to get them into red-car­pet

shape. They can also be found down the hall­way at the SoFit ex­er­cise cen­tre, los­ing those nal ex­tra ki­los and buff­ing up with some of Hol­ly­wood’s top per­sonal train­ers.

And when all that’s needed is a quiet day, soak­ing up the sun with a chilled cock­tail in hand, head up to the pool and laze away a few hours on a lounge. Who knows who you might spot next to you?

Things get es­pe­cially busy around the Sof­i­tel dur­ing the Bev­erly Hills Film Fes­ti­val in April, when the gala awards pre­sen­ta­tion is held in the ho­tel’s grand ball­room.

The A-lis­ters who have at­tended the fes­ti­val in re­cent years have in­cluded Sharon Stone, Andie McDow­ell and Angie Ever­hart.

Se­lena Andie The pool area A cor­ner of the lobby

SoSpa

PRETTY PATCH The French gar­den pa­tio, Le Jardin, part of the ho­tel’s sig­na­ture Estérel Restau­rant.

The ho­tel en­trance

GLAMOURAMA A Sof­i­tel room with style and great views.

The Riviera 31 Lounge Bar

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