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