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The Los Angeles Athletic Club
3.5 of 5 Hotel   |   431 W. Seventh Street, Los Angeles, CA 90014 (Downtown)   |  
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Ranked #39 of 323 hotels in Los Angeles
Richmond, Virginia
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“Not your typical hotel”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2013

When I arrived at the hotel, I was wary of the neighborhood. It was an urban, downtown location that I don't associate with Los Angeles -- more like Philadelphia. But once inside, I entered a historic, old hotel. The lobby was not impressive but it did have free copies of the Wall Street Journal and LA Times -- much preferred over USA Today.

The best part was the spacious, nicely appointed room and the free, full breakfast. The hotel is located one mile from the convention and Staples center, and not too far from the Opera House and museums. Good restaurants were close by.

The hotel service was quirky. One morning, I found that the maid never replaced coffee in the room. When I went to get some at the front desk, I was handed a single packet for one cup. The weekends have a skeletal staff so things do not get cleaned up very quick. And although there is a big gym with a basketball court, running track, exercise equipment and more, the opening hours were limited.

Overall, I was satisfied with the four-night visit.

Room Tip: The rooms have thick walls that muffle sounds from neighboring rooms. Outside noise is loud but room...
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled solo
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
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  • Cleanliness
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2013

The Athletic Club was amazing.
The rooms were beautiful, elegant and great value for money.
I just didn't like the downtown area.
It is almost as though the city has given up on it.
During the day it's ok, it's busy with people etc. But at about 10pm or so at night, the nasty element comes out of the city and onto the streets in downtown.
Don't get me wrong, if you just stayed in the room, or caught taxis around so you didn't have to walk the streets, you won't have a problem.
The facilities at the Athletics Club are also amazing, it truly is an elegant and La Noire type of hotel.
The staff were extremely helpful, courteous and friendly too.

Room Tip: We stayed in an upgraded suite and it was truly worth it! Great space to relax and enjoy!
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Istanbul, Turkey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2013 via mobile

?t was a surprize. There is an ongoing renevation at the hotel lobby. Disappointed at first. Then it turned out a fancy hotel with nicely decorated rooms. Worst thing about the hotel, it is not easy to find with navigation. Dont trust your gps. Get ready your map.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2013

My son and I spent 10 nights in mid January 2013 whilst staying in downtown LA to watch Lakers games at Staples Centre.

Our room was spacious and well-designed. The bathroom was rather small and plain, but sufficient. Access to a world-class gym, swimming pool, and indoor basketball court was a huge plus. However, numerous restaurants and clubs surround the LAAC.. Make sure to visit the ballroom, bars etc, it is so beautiful, like an old English Mansion.

This hotel is a gem right in downtown Los Angeles. The facilities are well kept. My son said it felt like being in your own private club – has that 1930’s feel / glamour. The L.A. Athletic Club was founded in 1880 and it plays its history throughout the hotel with many old photos, posters and memorabilia.

The bed (room 1210) was very comfy. The room is equipped with a small fridge, coffeemaker, free WiFi (bonus!). Another bonus is the breakfast is included in the rate and is very good. Continental b/fast or a cooked - eggs, bacon, waffles, plus an omelette station.

We loved the hotel, some people say the area isn't particular great, especially at night, but we didn’t feel bit uncomfortable, but note there are many homeless people around... but during the day, it's fine. Oh, as someone else said - do not miss going to Bottega Louie, just a block over on 7th Street. The bakery is amazing !

Great location approx 6 blocks (20 min walk) from Staples Centre. I would really recommend anyone staying in downtown LA not to miss this delightful experience. What a great hotel with all the history of Los Angeles behind it. This hotel is a MUST.

Room Tip: Room 1210 great - quiet
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2013

Spent a couple nights at this hotel, as a couple, for business. There were little "issues" constantly: difficulties getting help with the luggage (car to hotel elevators), the in-house bar and restaurant closed over the weekend, half the elevators closed for repair, the water was out for one afternoon.
The available staff was helpful, but it just didn't seem staffed sufficiently for a downtown hotel. We were not there to avail ourselves of the athletic club (majority of the facility), but I just got the feeling this location needs to decide to take the hotel part of its business more seriously.
The room was very dark, and the bathroom not really clean (corners, crevices). What I really missed was much in the way of shelf space for our bathroom stuff. A pedestal sink and one wire rack just doesn't cut it for us...hate to count the toilet tank top as a horizontal surface!

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled on business
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Chicago
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2012

My wife and I spent two nights at the LA Athletic Club (LAAC) while enjoying a wedding weekend in downtown LA.

Our deluxe room was spacious and well-designed. The bathroom was rather small and plain, but sufficient.

Access to a world-class gym, swimming pool, and basketball court was a huge plus, but the wedding activities did not afford us the opportunity to partake. And be warned - downtown LA is no NY or Chicago as far as urban aesthetics. However, numerous restaurants and clubs surround the LAAC

Parking at the hotel was $14 daily with in/out privileges.

Room Tip: Stay on the top floor to enjoy easy access to the roof!
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Hanoi, Vietnam
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2012

This hotel is a gem right in downtown Los Angeles and we have stayed there twice and have not been disappointed. The facilities are well kept and are very clubby and from the staff to the management we have received nothing but our fullest attention. We will definitely be back at the LAAC again when in LA. Congrats to the LAAC team and thanks for looking after us.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 431 W. Seventh Street, Los Angeles, CA 90014
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Location: United States > California > Los Angeles > Downtown
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#18 Romantic Hotel in Los Angeles
#24 Business Hotel in Los Angeles
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — The Los Angeles Athletic Club 3.5*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Whether you need a private getaway after a long day at work, a hideaway for a romantic weekend, or accommodations for your V.I.P. guests, our 72 elegantly appointed rooms atop The Los Angeles Athletic Club await you. Guest have full access to 88,000 sq ft of athletic facilities, 3 restaurants and a rooftop lounge. Breakfast and discounted parking are also included. ... more   less 
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