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Saturday 18 June 2016

Join the glamour set at a chic Los Angeles hotel

The name says it all. Sofitel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills. 

If you are looking for a chic address that won't demand a black American Express card this hotel is the business. 

First there is the location; right on Beverly Boulevard and within a short stroll (this is one part of LA where you can stroll) of Melrose Avenue, the boutiques of Robertson Boulevard and Rodeo Drive and right across the road from Macy's and Bloomingdales.

Shopping: sorted. 

Within four blocks or so you'll find Hollywood hangout The Ivy, where you can star spot while you wine and dine, top-notch wine bar AOC and legendary Italian eatery Locanda Veneta.

There are fast food options galore, too, and a one-hour foot massage across the way costs just $25 for an hour. 

The hotel itself is a joy. There are staff to carry your bags, a helpful concierge desk, great reception folk and rooms with all you require to live the LA life, including free wifi, super-comfortable beds, cable TV, windows that open, mini bars, luxury bathroom amenities, bath robes, and 24-hour room service. 

There is even something that has become a rarity: a nightly turn-down service. 

As this is a Sofitel there is a French accent to the style. There are 295 rooms including 38 suites; and rooms start from a very reasonable $US229 a night - great value for an urban resort like this.

There is a terrific swimming pool; a business centre with the ability to print out documents, an (expensive) on-site So Spa and a very hip late night bar, Riviera 31, with entertainment and some intoxicating cocktails. 

The one disappointment is the Esterel restaurant with an underwhelming menu and motel vibe that had run out of clams when I ordered spaghetti vongole. It was the only underwhelming experience of a five-star stay. 

But everything else was top-notch and this is a hotel I can heartily recommend.

Sofitel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills, 8555 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90048. +1 310  278-5444 

Declaration: The writer paid a media rate at the hotel.

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