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The Los Angeles Athletic Club
Ranked #85 of 347 Hotels in Los Angeles
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Sydney, Australia
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59 reviews
22 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“Fabulous Downtown Hotel”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 25, 2012

I stayed at the Los Angeles Athletic Club for three nights in October 2012 and highly recommend it to any traveler.

I was having trouble finding a reasonably priced hotel downtown when a friend recommended LAAC where you can stay without membership. The location was perfect and within easy walking distance of the offices I was visiting. There are plenty of restaurants nearby and stores to pick up supplies.

Shortly after checking into a lovely deluxe room, I received a call advising me that I been upgraded to a suite! I never get upgrades and have no idea what prompted this very kind offer, but I happily accepted!

The suite was amazing - a generous sized living area with comfortable couch, work space and wet bar with mini fridge, a very spacious bedroom with a comfortable bed and second work space, and a large bathroom. The suite was clean and well maintained. The rate included wifi which was fast. The corner suite views were also fabulous.

It is one of the rare occasions where I can say both the deluxe room I was briefly in and the suite I ended up staying in looked exactly like the photos on LAAC's website. I can even pick out the suite I stayed in from the photos on LAAC website (images 7 and 8 of 10 on the suite description page - http://www.laac.com/Default.aspx?p=DynamicModule&pageid=245369&ssid=101362&vnf=1).

The staff were always friendly and attentive. I needed to check out two days early - it was not a problem and the reception staff took the extra two days off my bill.

I can recommend the included breakfast buffet. A nice touch for any traveler, particularly a business traveller on an expense budget. LAAC do not short change their guests as the breakfast was amazing - both hot and cold buffets with ample tasty selections.

For parking, go around the corner to the public parking garage on Olive Street. You can access the hotel through the garage and obtain the discounted hotel daily rate.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Basel, Switzerland
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19 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 6, 2012

Although not very impressive from the outside, this is really a historical jewel in LA where you can appreciate what were the sport and fineness concept in the early last century. they also have tons of historic materials from UCLA teams. LA athletic Club has also very elegant dining and meeting rooms on the 3rd floor, various floors are dedicated to the superb sport area where you can get a covered Olympic swimming pool, gyms, yoga, pilates, squash and much more. The rooms are also very elegant and well taken care. Place is worth to stay or just for a visit!

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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank zaspi
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Atlanta, Georgia
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61 reviews
34 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 4, 2012

Staying at the hotel for a conference, I was glad to see that guests can use all the amenities in the athletic club. I was really looking forward to a thorough workout after sitting in the conference all day. However, the fitness facilities open at about 9:00 am and close at 7pm on Saturdays--about a half-hour after my conference activities ended. The hotel is also not in a nice area, so walking outside was not a viable option, even though the weather was amenable. The hotel restaurant and even room service close at 7pm on Saturday and so does the bar. Completely inadequate compared to how the services are advertised. In addition, the property is located in an area of downtown LA that only has limited choices of restaurants in walking distance. With the hotel restaurant closed, I actually had Dominos pizza on Saturday night, having already tried the other area dining options during the previous days of the conference. I ran into two other conference attendees who were actually going across the street to Subway because they sat down at the hotel bar at 6:45pm, on Saturday, only to be told it was last call and that the restaurant was closing, too. Ridiculous for what you are paying and ridiculous compared to how the property is marketed. If you don't care about any of these things, it's a good, clean room in a quiet hotel, but I was quite annoyed, overall, by the time I checked out on Sunday. I could stay at a La Quinta and have 24 hour fitness center access.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled on business
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Los Angeles, California
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29 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 30, 2012

My husband and I stayed here for one night and were very pleased with the service and the room. The front desk staff was very friendly and accommodating, and the room was comfortable and clean. Also, as a guest of the hotel, you can enjoy all of the amenities in the Los Angeles Athletic Club (pool, fitness center, restaurant, bars, etc.). We will definitely be staying here again!

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank LauraLady84
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United States
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5 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 22, 2012

This place may be the best kept secret in downtown LA. The rooms are beautifully appointed and very comfortable. Stay includes full access to the LA Athletic club facilities and a great continental breakfast.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank JRStyles
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London, United Kingdom
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54 reviews
20 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 16, 2012 via mobile

What can I say loved the athletics club, which is really a private membership club (think soho house but maybe not quite as classy) but none the less thought the decor and general ambience of the residential floors was fantastic. (main lobby could do with a bit if a spruce up to be fair)
The gym/ spa and indoor pool were a real bonus (especially as they open at 5am and you have jet lag) and having a bar/ restaurant on site was also handy to grab a pre dinner beer. Also couldn't fault the breakfast which turned out to be one of the best of our 3 week trip.
At first we weren't too sure of the location but actually once we found our feet it turned out to be ideally located a few blocks from the underground station (red line) which takes you to Hollywood and universal studios ( make sure you get the $5 day pass well worth it) and there are some really good restaurants and bars within a few blocks (make sure you check out seven grand and Loius restaurant)
Would also recommend you pre book a town car with the hotel it only cost us $8 dollars extra on the way back from the hotel to LAX than it did in a cab on the way to the hotel. Would defo recommend as a great place to stay in downtown LA

Stayed October 2012
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foxygoodness
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4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 11, 2012

Our company recently had an event at the hotel. The service was incredible, the food great and the rooms really comfortable. Each piece of the event was executed with a smile and on time. Plus the history and the old world feel made you feel like you were in a Sherlock Holmes movie or a London Library...very cool!

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled on business
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Property: The Los Angeles Athletic Club
Address: 431 W 7th St, Los Angeles, CA 90014-1601
Location: United States > California > Los Angeles > Downtown , Central L.A
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
#51 Business Hotel in Los Angeles
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:3.5 star — The Los Angeles Athletic Club 3.5*
Number of rooms: 72
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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