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The Los Angeles Athletic Club
Ranked #80 of 350 Hotels in Los Angeles
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Adelaide, Australia
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“Historic hotel – great facilities, great place to stay in Downtown LA”
Reviewed 18 February 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, travelled with family
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Cincinnati
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45 reviews
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Reviewed 16 February 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, travelled on business
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Chicago
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35 reviews
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Reviewed 30 December 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, travelled as a couple
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Hong Kong, China
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47 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 December 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, travelled with family
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Princeton, New Jersey
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25 reviews
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Reviewed 11 December 2012

I've been staying at LAAC weekly since September as I need to be in downtown LA. Notwithstanding the reasonable price for stay plus a full breakfast, the staff service, across the board--from front desk, bellmen, waitstaff in the grill, gym staff, trainers, housekeeping--is absolutely the best I have ever experienced, anywhere--friendly, efficient, courteous. And as we travel a lot and stay in great places, that's saying a lot. Rooms and bathrooms very clean, if a bit dated and dark. Breakfast delicious and extensive. Athletic facilities are also superb and vast. Yes, like one guy said, the pads in the sauna room could be changed or refreshed, but that's a small criticism--the heat will kill all the germs anyway.

  • Stayed December 2012, travelled on business
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Montreal, Canada
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89 reviews
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Reviewed 10 December 2012

A flash back to the end of the 19th century private club! The L.A. Athletic Club was founded in 1880 and it plays its history throughout the hotels with many old photos, posters and memorabilia. The hotel rooms are on the last 3 floors and are modern and comfortable. The bed is ultra comfy. The room is equipped with a small fridge, coffeemaker, free WiFi, and a plate of fruit and cheese awaits you. Breakfast is included in the rate and is very good. Cereals, oatmeal, yogourt, eggs, bacon etc. plus an omelet station. Parking is just around the corner, with access from the inside and only 12$ a day.

The sports facilities are amazing - swimming pool, basket ball court, etc. Make sure to visit the ballroom, bars etc. It's so beautiful, like an old English Mansion... feels like your going to run into Captain Mustard or Miss Scarlett from the Clue game!!

We had 2 rooms - 1222 and 1224, connecting and 1224 was much bigger. We loved the hotel, but the only thing is that the area isn't super, especially at night, we were a bit uncomfortable to walk amongst the many homeless and ladies of the night... but during the day, it's fine. Do not miss going to Bottega Louie, just a block over on 7th. The bakery is amazing !

Room Tip: 1224 and 1222 are connecting rooms, with 1224 being slightly bigger with more room, and more seating...
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  • Stayed December 2012, travelled on business
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Los Olivos, California
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Reviewed 7 December 2012

What a great hotel with all the history of Los Angeles behind it. This hotel is a MUST.

Courteous friendly clerks at arrival desk. All the staff we found to be extremely helpful. Full explanation of all amenities, and what amenities there are!!

Apart from 6 floors of amazing athletic facilities there are 2 floors devoted to ballrooms, conference rooms, dining rooms. All these richly decorated in the style of the last century and kept in immaculate condition.

The rooms on the top 3 floors are elegant, with all one would want included –free internet, free use of all the athletic facilities. A substantial breakfast buffet included. Parking is ideal, at a low daily rate of $12.00. A platter of fruit and cheese laid out in the room on arrival.

Great location 6 blocks from Staples Center and 7 blocks from Dorothy Chandler Pavilion.

I would really recommend anyone staying in downtown LA not to miss this delightful experience.

No question for me - that's where I would return!!!!

Room Tip: We did not try room service - only because we were out during the evening
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  • Stayed December 2012, travelled as a couple
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Property: The Los Angeles Athletic Club
Address: 431 W. Seventh Street, Los Angeles, CA 90014-1601
Region: United States > California > Los Angeles > Downtown , Central L.A
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#17 Romantic Hotel in Los Angeles
#50 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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