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LeSpa by Sofitel - Spa Review

L.A.'s Le "Ahh..."

by Jeff Hoyt

 

LeSpa's Manicure and Pedicure Lounge
LeSpa's Manicure and Pedicure Lounge

If you're the type of person who likes to “shop until you drop” at the Beverly Center, then you should drop into LeSpa at the Sofitel Hotel across the street, where you can be reinvigorated at the hotel chain's first North American luxury spa.

Although the new spa is completely integrated into the hotel, there's a separate entrance off the valet lot (just $3.50 parking for spa-goers) for non-guests. Another nice touch is that the guest entrance does not go through the lobby, so shy people don't have to walk by reception dressed in robes.

The 5,000 square foot spa's emphasis on privacy is doubtlessly due to their desire to host celebrity clients. To further that goal, it contains two private spa suites that rent by the hour, which include private bathrooms with 21-showerhead steam showers, a Chromacolor bath tub featuring LED light therapy and a separate area for bodyguards. The spa even claims to schedule a maximum of two new guests per appointment time.

The Space-age Serenity Lounge at LeSpa
The Serenity Lounge

For those who welcome company, the well-lit manicure and pedicure lounge is a good place to host a shower or nail party. There's also a patio so the party can be taken outside. Spa visitors get access to the well-equipped SO Fit gym (which sports a small Buddha, smiling while holding hand weights), and the new outdoor hotel pool. However, street traffic noise and the view of the Beverly Center do not make for a relaxing poolside atmosphere, so treatments are more enjoyable in the six indoor treatment rooms than the outside cabana. The seasonal treatment menu ranges from $20 waxing services to $290 body wraps and facial treatments. Massages can be individually tailored to include hot stones and aromatherapy, featuring products by Decléor.

Make sure you arrive at your appointment early, so you can enjoy a steam shower and the futuristically furnished Serenity Lounge, where each client gets a tea service and a ritual heated-rock foot soak and foot massage before their treatment. The only thing more comforting than soaking your feet in a warm bath is having someone else dry them off for you.

LeSpa by Sofitel
Sofitel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills
8555 Beverly Blvd. (La Cienega Blvd.)
West Hollywood, CA 90048
310-228-6777
www.lespala.com


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