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The Sofitel Los Angeles Has a Few New Things, But The French Flair Remains

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September 26, 2013 at 3:28 PM | by | ()

Does The Sofitel LA still have that certain je ne sais quoi we've come to love about Sofitels? A HotelChatter Review

We noticed earlier this year that some changes were afoot at Sofitel Los Angeles, with both a new restaurant and bar coming to the Beverly Hills outpost of the French brand, replacing SimonLA and Rande Gerber’s Stone Rose. Just this past weekend, we had a chance to check it out in more detail, spending the night here while in town.

Check-In: We drove to the Sofitel from LAX, which takes about 45 minutes if traffic isn’t too bad. Valet parking is $34 a day (with in and out privileges), which adds up quickly. Reception is to your left as you enter the black marble lobby, with a beautiful black and white drawing of Los Angeles behind the desk, contrasting with deep purple flower arrangements. After the typical bonjour-greeting, we were on our way to our third-floor room in minutes.

Room Reaction: Turning right from the elevator, the hallway zigzags as it makes its way across the guestroom floor, which gave our room a quirky layout. The door is set at an angle, with a hallway with small walk-in closet on the right and entry to the bathroom on the left. The bed sits underneath a peekaboo window into the gigantic rain shower, complete with bench and enough space for six (not that we tried that).

Seeing the floor to ceiling curtains and blinds, we were surprised when we pulled them open to find a dropped ceiling and a bit of dead space behind the chaise lounge and desk, leading up to rather small windows. As most floors have full French doors, we’d steer clear of the third floor and request a room higher up.

Amenity Madness: Toiletries are Les Notes de Lanvin, which were lovely, and included shampoo, conditioner, shower gel, and body lotion. There were more fluffy white towels than we could have possibly had use for, but we weren’t complaining. Robes and slippers were provided as well.

There is an extensive spa downstairs, as well as a decent gym, which we used a couple of times. You might spot a celebrity or two as well while you’re there, as we did. On the western side of the hotel is an outdoor pool with sun loungers and bar.

Internet: Free WiFi, across multiple devices. We were provided with a password at check-in, which needed to be re-entered every 24 hours. It worked throughout our stay on both our phone and laptop.

Dining In: We had dinner at Mediterranean restaurant Esterel (named after the gorgeous mountain range in southern France), which was delicious. We liked all the glamorous black and white Hollywood shots in bar Riviera 31, which has a large outdoor terrace.

Location, Location, Location: On the corner of Beverly Boulevard and La Cienega, right opposite the Beverly Center Shopping Mall. All of Beverly Hills and West Hollywood is within easy reach – although you will probably drive to most places, this is LA after all – and going up La Cienega takes you to the Sunset Strip. We made a stop at the Getty Center high up in the hills, which we couldn’t recommend enough if you are visiting Los Angeles.

What We Liked: The bed, the bed, the bed. Like being coddled by a cloud, we’ve always loved Sofitel’s SoBed, and it did our jet-lagged body good. The convenient location, the jovial ‘Bonjour’ we were greeted with by everyone, and the Concierge who helped us out with a number of things.

What We Didn’t Like: We liked that our room didn’t have the bog-standard layout we see so much in hotels, but we would have loved to have the full French doors other floors benefit from, so next time we’d probably ask for that. One of the bedside lamps in our room was broken, but it was fixed in no time.

Bottom line: The Sofitel Los Angeles is a solid choice if you are looking for a Beverly Hills hotel with a central location, easy access to shopping and nightlife, and a bit of French flair. We’d happily come back again. Rooms at the Sofitel start at about $280 a night.

[Photos: JasonD for HotelChatter]

Disclosure: We stayed as a guest of Sofitel while in Los Angeles while on assignment for the inaugural British Airways A380 flight, but all photos and opinions are our own

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