Hotel Room Review: Sofitel Los Angeles

I really liked this hotel.

Having seen the pictures of the outside online, I had expected the hotel to be somewhat ordinary, functional and fairly sterile. It turned out to be none of these. The hotel recently went through an 😯 million dollar renovation which has turned it into a trendy, funky but stylish place – although the outside (other than the grand glass entrance) still looks plain and uninspiring.

When you walk into the lobby you are warmly greeted and although it is a little gloomy you soon realise it has an interesting and unique style. There is, for example, a massive swirling steel sculpture in the centre and touches like a chair made of coins. The staff on reception are all chatty, tell you about the hotel and see you to the elevators.

The hallways are bright and have a striking swirl designed carpet. The bedrooms are slightly quirky shape wise but this adds to the interest.The bathroom has no bathtub, only showers. The bathrooms are a good size and the basin is very modern, and the shower is fantastic. It has a large shower head above you so is kind of a “wet room” type of shower.

As the bathroom has no window, there is a very clever solution as there is a large window in the shower that with a flick of a light switch makes it clear (so you can see into the bedroom and watch the TV while showering, the sound already plays in the bathroom which is something I always like).The bedrooms are not huge but have an enormous and very comfortable bed with amazingly soft pillows and high quality bed linen.

There is a good sized desk to work at and internet access is about Ten Dollars. Another nice touch is the large flat screen High Definition TV.On the lobby level is an enormous bar which is trendy and attracts a hip crowd most evenings but is very busy on the weekend. The restaurant the other side is also great looking and the food pretty good.

One stunning feature is the large fitness centre. This has loads of great equipment, is stylish and has nice touches like free bottles of water, fruit, internet access stations and even chocolate brownies as a treat for working out.

The meeting facilities are good and team very helpful.I would love to stay here again. Not only for the hotel but a brilliant location with Beverly Mall opposite and seemingly zillions of very good places to eat around (every night we had some celebrity at a table next to us).

Sofitel Los Angeles: Room 415
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The comfy bed in Room 415.

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Gary Bembridge

I grew up in Zimbabwe, but I have been based in London since 1987. My travel life spans more than three decades and that includes more than 95 cruises. In 2005, I launched Tips for Travellers to make it easy and fun for people to discover, plan and enjoy incredible cruise vacations. And the rest, as they say, is history. I have the largest cruise vlogger channel currently on YouTube, with more than 3 million video views per month.

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