Wayfarer exclusive: inside the luxurious Sofitel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills

8555 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90048

by James Wilkinson

Accor’s Sofitel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills is recognised as one of California’s leading luxurious hotels, thanks to its fantastic location, comfortable rooms and suites, food and beverage offerings, rooftop pool and luxe Vendôme Clinique and Spa. James Wilkinson checks in.

Sofitel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills, located across from the Beverly Center, offers a comfortable stay for both business and leisure travellers thanks to rooms that boast spacious work desks, glass-enclosed rainfall showers and luxurious bathroom amenities.

Those wishing to relax can take a dip in the rooftop pool, while a great cocktail is firmly on offer at Riviera 31 at a hotel that is a short walk away from some of Los Angeles’ best shopping, dining and exploring.

To find out what makes the property so unique, Wayfarer Host and Editor-In-Chief, James Wilkinson, spoke exclusively to Sofitel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills General Manager, Eric Lemaire.

Eric, what makes Sofitel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills so unique in your opinion?

Ideally located, this chic hotel provides a prestigious home base to the best of everything in the city. Sofitel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills gets inspiration from the local LA culture and tradition while celebrating innovation and the French art de vivre to offer a one-of-a-kind, luxurious hotel experience. From design details to exhibitions and events, it is what makes our hotel unique.

Tell us about the stylish rooms and suites on offer.

Our room and suites blends Hollywood glamour, European elegance and French style to create a sophisticated and unique experience. Classically decorated rooms have balconies with great views of the Hollywood Hills.

Tell us about the fantastic food and beverage on offer at Sofitel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills.

From the traditional American breakfast, to the gourmet ham and gruyere cheese croissant, our Chef Fernando Bedolla made it easy for our guests to enjoy a food selection and take them on a journey from Los Angeles to the South of France in a minute. Our bar menu is a true love letter to the city of Los Angeles and its diversity of people, cultures, tastes and influences; a powerful and unique blend that our nightlife director Aidan Demarest created.

Eric, what are your x-factors at the hotel?

Firstly, we offer exceptional live entertainment during the week in Riviera 31, Sofitel Los Angeles’ bar lounge. Every Monday night, Riviera 31 becomes the Jazz temple of Los Angeles! Cello Maestro Ryan Cross and his band show you the best of jazz and blues with exceptional live music and surprise performances from special guests.

Wednesday night we offer free hour hour Salsa lessons before Angelo Pagan and his band spread their Cuban and Puerto Rican rhythms and dance the night away.

Secondly, Sofitel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills offers specialised services and first-class amenities designed to make pets and their owners feel at home while traveling together, so your pet is welcome at our hotel and stay for free, no matter the size or the weight.

Thirdly, we have a distinctively unique approach to wellness and beauty situated in Sofitel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills, starting with our newly renovated spa, Vendôme Clinique & Spa where we tailor experiences that restore mind, body, and essence.

Our hair salon Le Salon with BReady Beauty offers a relaxing indoor/outdoor environment, designed to be a refreshing respite. The boutique salon is comprised of three chic stylist stations with floor to ceiling mirrors, a drying station, makeup application area, and a charming al fresco bistro style patio garden.

We also have an incredible Sofitel Fitness Center that offers a refreshing moment with state-of-art fitness equipment, private trainers and interactive classes.


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