One night only in downtown Los Angeles!

 First hotel review!  Ready?!

I have always loved staying in hotels.  Growing up, I was pretty sure I wanted to be just like Eloise.  Remember those books?  Actually, I still wouldn’t mind being her… living in the Plaza Hotel would be pretty damn amazing!

Considering that I live in Los Angeles, I’ve never really had the chance to stay in an L.A. hotel until last week.  The Los Angeles Athletic Club Hotel is located in the heart of downtown L.A.  It’s less than a mile from The Staples Center and L.A. Live which makes it an ideal location.  More importantly, it’s only around the corner from Bottega Louie, a gorgeous restaurant & patisserie that have some of the best macaroons in California!

A deluxe room with a King Bed.  This is a standard room at the LA Athletic Club.

A deluxe room with a King Bed. This is a standard room at the LA Athletic Club.

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The living room in the Polo Club Suite.  Notice the random podium in the corner?  Ha.

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Another shot of the living room in the Polo Club Suite. Not pictured: a desk area with a chess board + a bar.

We were lucky enough to be in one of their 9 suites which also included breakfast thanks to winning a complimentary stay a few months back.  Each suite is themed and ours was the Polo Club Suite.  It felt very warm and inviting with a bit of an old fashioned vibe but still very elegant.  The beds were extremely comfortable as were the couches and chairs.  Despite being in the center of the city, there was absolutely no street noise which was a plus.  The bathrooms were small and nothing special but clean and included every amenity you need so I can’t complain!

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The hotel’s 25-yard lap pool with a smaller children’s pool in the back.

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The hotel’s basketball court with a running track on the upper level.

In my opinion, the biggest draw to this hotel is the athletic facilities.  From an indoor pool and running track to a cycling studio and yoga room, this hotel has it all.

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The main dining room where breakfast was served.

 

The breakfast buffet had a great selection but the hot food (french toast, eggs, sausage, bacon) was nothing to write home about.  The room was gorgeous though and the service was great.  Actually, the whole floor was probably my favorite part of the hotel.  See for yourself…

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This area was considered to be part of the wine cellar and entrance to the banquet halls. I couldn’t stop staring at all the books and beautiful paintings!

I like that it’s a smaller hotel (72 rooms) compared to the surrounding hotels in the downtown area.  It seems to have a lot of character and a great staff that makes you feel so welcome.  In the summer, the prices don’t seem to be any better than its competitors but during the week and non peak months, they have some great deals so keep that in mind.

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A great view of downtown L.A. from the hotel’s rooftop.

Pros: Free wifi in all rooms (fast too!), rooftop views, kind & helpful staff, and top notch athletic facilities.

Cons: Weird & inconvenient hours on the weekend for their restaurants and room service and the lobby & spa areas are in need of an update.

Overall, I think the LA Athletic Club hotel is a great choice of accommodation when you’re in downtown L.A.

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7 comments

  1. Dana Carmel @ Time Travel Plans says:

    I live in L.A. as well and have always heard of this place but have never been inside, so thanks for sharing. I recently stayed at Shutters which I wrote about on my blog. Until then, I’d never been a believer in “staycations”, but now I’m a big advocate!

  2. nicole says:

    Oh noes! You missed out. Bottega Louie is cool. But Perch is awesome! It has a fantastic view of the LA skyline. The association for a drink or two. Those places are both very close to the LA Athletic Club. Varnish in the Arts District. Totally fun place, too.

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