By Hillary Latos
At the intersection of Los Angeles’ most fashionable neighborhoods- West Hollywood and Beverly Hills sits the Sofitel LA that embodies the chic spirit of France in the middle of Los Angeles. Upon entering the sleek lobby you’re immediately enveloped in the French vibe of the décor.
For the French, pictures speak 1000 words as black and white photographs of fashion icons and supermodels shot by Gilles Bensimon adorn the lobby walls. Inside the adjacent cozy French piano lounge and bar aptly named Rivera 31, guests embark on a visual journey of the history of the French Riviera told through the lens of cameraman Edward Quinn. This hotspot features live jazz and undiscovered talent throughout the week with open mike nights every Wednesday, live indie bands on Thursdays, and DJs with live dancers over the weekend.
Specializing in French Mediterranean cuisine with a Southern California twist, their signature restaurant Esterel, is named after a coastal region in Provence that shares a similar landscape and climate to Southern California. Chef Marius Blin has created a menu that combines the sophisticated flavors of France with the fresh and vibrant flavors of California cuisine as well as low calorie spa options. His flatbread selections are inspired by the regions of Southern France like Aix with artichoke, goat cheese and pistou, or Provencale with caramelized onion, tomato and basil. Mediterranean specialties are enhanced with unexpected nuances like the tuna carpaccio with truffle, garlic cream laced escargots, kale Caesar salad, or sage roasted lamb, and halibut paired with prosciutto.
Live like a star in their sumptuous oversized rooms that are luxuriously outfitted with Frette linens atop dreamy pillowtop beds and unwind in their well appointed bathroom. The soothing décor envelopes the room in warm shades of ochre with views overlooks the majestic twinkling Hollywood Hills.
Fashionistas will delight in the convenient location to explore the best shopping LA has to offer. Located across the street from the the Beverly Center, the Sofitel provides its guests with the VIP Passbook packed with exclusive discounts at this shopping mecca. In just a few minutes towards the West is Robertson Avenue attracting young Hollywood, a few blocks further lies the famed Rodeo Drive and Beverly Hills, down the block is Beverly Blvd home to the top interior design stores in LA, and towards the East are the funky streetwear shops of Melrose. If all of the shopping has you worn out, take the time to relax by the intimate outdoor pool and relish in the warm Southern California sun as you embrace the celebrity lifestyle of La La land.
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