Hotel news out of Los Angeles: Sofitel is currently undergoing a $35 million renovation, with completion set for June 2006. The makeover of the hotel will include a new restaurant, SIMON LA, chef Kerry Simon’s first Los Angeles eatery. The new restaurant from Simon, who opened Simon Kitchen Bar in the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, will feature a large outdoor patio with a separate entrance. Additionally, Rande Gerber will open a Stone Rose Lounge (pictured here) in the hotel. There'll also be a luxurious 5,000 square foot full-service spa. Prices for rooms at Sofitel range from $295-$650 a night.