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Rating: 4.19

Address: 431 W 7th St, Los Angeles, CA, 90014

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    Comments (48):

    1. june l.
    awesome!  the beds are super comfy, the room was clean and cozy.  everyone i encountered was really nice and helpful and they have the cheapest overnight parking downtown.  free breakfast, too!  french toast, scrambled eggs, loads of bacon and sausage, cereal, muffins, fresh fruit, juice, coffee... beats the pants off the standard continental breakfast usually offered.  i would definitely stay here again and again and again.

    15/11/10 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    2. Stella M.
    I found a great rate for the hotel and decided to try it for the weekend. It's an older facility that has been renovated to keep up with the chain hotels in the area.

    It's definitely a boutique hotel, not too many rooms. I liked its art deco 1930's Hollywood appeal. I had a deluxe king room which was large. The decor very classy.

    Obviously, being a hotel is not their primary business. They do lack the customer service you expect in a hotel. The staff is more of a gym staff than a hotel staff.

    For the price, I feel I got a great room, which came with free breakfast everyday, and full access to a fantastic gym. I loved the non-commercial feel of the place and the comforts it afforded. I would definitely stay again and recommend it to my friends.

    06/10/10 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    3. Christina W.
    i didn't have very high expectations for this hotel.
    it was kind of a last minute decision to stay here and it was only for 1 night.
    we checked in rather late in the evening so it was difficult to find since there was quite a bit of construction right outside the building.
    we pulled up to the front of the hotel and a nice gentleman came out and assisted us with our luggage.
    i assumed he was the bell person.
    he took our bags into the lobby and watched them for us while we parked our car in the garage.
    parking is reasonable here at $12/night.
    the front desk person was very pleasant.
    the bell person assisted us with our bags up to our room.
    unfortunately, it was a room with 2 queens and we reserved a room with 1 king.
    we called down to the front desk and he kindly changed rooms for us.
    the bell person was even nice enough to run down and retrieve our new key for us while we waited and then escorted us to our new room.

    the rooms themselves are nicely decorated and very clean.
    the linens are decent and the bed is comfortable.
    the decor is dark and masculine.
    they provide a small complimentary snack of fruit and crackers which was nice since we checked in so late.

    as a guest of the hotel, you have full use of the club facilities which are very nice.
    you also get complimentary breakfast but we didn't partake.

    i was very pleasantly surprised by this hotel.
    a very nice hotel in the heart of dtla.

    08/11/11 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    4. Danielle M.
    My company has an account with LAAC, so I've had to stay there on multiple occasions. . . . The newly decorated rooms are nice and the gym is great, but the customer service doesn't match up. Every time I stay there something goes wrong, and the staff has never apologized or made any attempt to correct the situation.

    First, I was charged for two robes I never took. After multiple attempts to handle the situation internally, I had to go to arbitration through my credit card to finally get the charges removed.

    In another instance, I wanted to extend my stay, so a few days before my check out date I requested an extension. The desk clerk said it would be no problem. I double checked with a different desk clerk the following day to confirm. Then on my original check-out date, I was told I would not be able to stay because they didn't have room. No apologies, I just had to change hotels. They didn't even offer to assist with my luggage or anything.

    Third strike: I awoke at 6am to the sensation of Big Foot jumping on my bed, which turned out to be a boxing class taking place right under my room. I went downstairs to request a room change (I understand classes going on, I just don't want to sleep above the class at 6am!). The desk clerk literally took 20 minutes of dallying around before he said I could change rooms. He said someone would call when the new room was ready and I could switch rooms. Well, no phone call ever came, no acknowledgment of any kind.

    Not only will I change rooms, I'm changing hotels. Forever. The customer service at LAAC Hotel is horrendous and embarrassing.

    09/03/10 | Link | Rating: 1.0
    5. Anne C.
    I stayed at The Hotel at The Los Angeles Club over the weekend to attend a charity Poker Tournament event  I stayed in the Yacht Club Suite and loved it.  The decor is beautiful and very elegant.  The hallways are gorgeous as well, artwork and furniture are both chic and clever.  Someone at the hotel told me the designer is a Kelly Wearstler alum, no wonder I love the designs and decor.  

    The Poker event was fun, we had a big group attend and we all stayed at the hotel ovenight.  At the event there was a pasta buffet, salad bar and a variety of desserts on the 3rd floor where the tournament was held.  The food was delicious and we were in the same area as the main bar.  After the event we all walked to Seven Grand, a whiskey bar less than a block away.  I'll be posting a review for the bar shortly, I loved it there as well.  At the end of the night, the girls and I wore our robes and drank champagne on the roof.  What a great view.

    In the morning, our group met up in the Grill Room for our complimentary breakfast and had fun talking about the night.

    Overall, we all had a great night in an elegant hotel and a fun event inside The Club. I'll be staying there again, trying out a new suite each time.  I think there are 9 total and they all have different themes. I want to check out the Beach Club Suite and the Trojan Suite.  Bruins can stay in their repective suites.  Would be fun for the rivalry game coming up Thanksgiving weekend!

    18/11/09 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    6. Anh V.
    not too shabby for the price.

    if you get a suite, the rooms have sports theme.  for the nosebleeds, you get a regular 'ol room sans frills.

    the main attraction is the club of course which seems to be 4-5 stars.  i was in town for an event so i didn't get a chance to check that part out.  there is a bar and sandwich station for a quick and reasonable bite.  but

    parking is around the corner and indoors.  get it signed for in and out priviledges and it is reasonably priced.

    reception really deserves 4 stars because they were so sweet and helpful.

    07/12/11 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    7. Wayne F.
    My wife got me tickets to see the Lakers.  Unfortunately they lost, but one of the saving graces from traveling from Hawaii to LA was finding this hotel in downtown LA.  The hotel is nondescript and you can easily miss it since the signage isn't huge.  But the hotel surprisingly was great.  You feel like walking onto a set of Mad Men which we are fans of.  The walls are adorned with pictures of athletes (I'm guessing) from the 40's.  This set the tone as it motivated wife and I to work out and the LAAC was more than happy to oblige.  The hotel has a full court basketball court, raquetball courts, a running track, tons of weight machines, cardio machines, free weights, gigantic swimming pool all available for any member or guest to partake in.  The hotel also provides free breakfast buffet with an omelet and waffle stand, cereals, fruit, oatmeal, eggs and breakfast meats.  The bar also has tv's and a free carving station that provides sliders while you watch any game you want.  The staff is friendly and they do not allow any tipping!!  I felt bad not tipping because the service was absolutely top notch.  Probably less than a mile to Staples.  Last thing, you are welcomed to your room with a basket of fruit!!  I would definitely stay here again.

    22/01/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    8. Jeremy L.
    This hotel is on the top floors of the historic LA Athletic Club.

    You can use the athletic facilities when you stay there.

    The rooms are pretty spacious.  The decor is a bit darker, but there's a clean masculine look to things.  the beds are very comfortable.

    Parking in the lot there is very reasonable.  it was $12 a night to park there.  That's much cheaper than many of the other hotle s in the area.

    It's very close walking distance to many bars and dining establishments (7 grand, golden gopher, colori kitchen, bottega louie, sugar fish, mas malo, etc...)

    04/11/11 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    9. Yolanda S.
    My fav boutique hotel in socal...probably b/c I love downtown. LAAC is so appropriate for dtla!  impeccable finishes and great for ppl who appreciate LAs history.

    16/10/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    10. Michael B.
    I'm giving it three stars because the refurbished rooms are very comfortable at decent price for downtown LA. We stayed there for one night - Oscar weekend, actually - and rooms were tough to come by.

    My customer service experience wasn't as bad as Danielle M. who gave it one star and is never coming back, but the service was a downer.

    We didn't need much - just to check in and then have a cab to Staples Center, preferably to get us there on time for a Kings game.

    Check seemed to take a while and I asked what we needed to do to catch the cab. She said just call down 10 minutes before and it will be here in front.

    I called and we went downstairs and waited for 20 minutes, asked at the desk what might have happened. She didn't seem to care, eventually asking, well, do you want me to call again?

    We walked a couple blocks and picked up a cab off the street.

    I understand it wasn't the hotel's fault the cab didn't show up or was taken by someone else. But usually when I spend @ $200 on a hotel room someone pretends to care how we're doing and tries to make our stay enjoyable. And helps us get where we need to be.

    If you need to stay downtown and don't need to interact with the hotel staff it's a great place to stay. I almost convinced myself here that it should be a 2 star, but I'll bet the workout facilities would bump it up to a 3 - eventually I'll find out!

    14/03/12 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    11. Abel R.
    A little out dated but overall a very cool and convenient place to stay. The vintage vibe is awesome.

    The AC in my room was not working but the moved me to a better room with a working AC!
    Awesome place to take photos, I got ready here the day of my wedding and the photographer and videographer found it useful.

    27/05/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    12. Rick W.
    Continues to impress me!

    Great staff, very clean rooms and a wonderful breakfast buffet. What's not to like?

    Not a place to take children and it's certainly not a "chain hotel" where you can throw your weight around. If you think you can perhaps you should stay elsewhere.

    The LAAC is a private facility that allows non members to stay as guests.

    I spend a least 20 nights per year there and have yet to be disappointed.

    25/03/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    13. Noo Ri C.
    so sad i couldnt stay for the breakfast... at least my fiance enjoyed it!!

    29/07/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    14. Kimi L.
    Hidden Gem
    Newly renovated
    comfortable beds
    delicious breakfast
    and you have to check out the gym

    This is a very cool place to stay in DTLA

    25/08/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    15. Jane L.
    I've been here for dinner with my FIL as he was a member and resident back in the day. Most importantly, I had my wedding here. The food is outstanding! Even the tasting was great! If you can cut through the filet with a butter knife, that says it all! my wedding didn't go as planned due to the a/c breaking in the heat of summer, the elevator not working, etc. However, the staff was so courteous and accommodating. We were able to work out an agreement in the end. Enjoyed staying in the suite and the lovely brunch. A hidden gem in DWNTWN LA! Would totally become a member in the future if I could! So worth it! It's where they give out the John Wooden Award for basketball & overseas lots of politicians stay here!

    06/10/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    16. Olga C.
    We stayed at the LAAC Hotel during our wedding weekend; we got married around the corner at Cicada Restaurant. Elegant hotel/club with lots of history, cool vibes and pleasant atmosphere.

    It's not the Biltmore, but for many reasons this is a good thing. While Biltmore has beautiful common areas, their rooms are disappointing. LAAC Hotel has a very unassuming lobby, but rooms have a lot of character and 3rd floor dining room and bar are very cool and make for great wedding pictures (so does their rooftop terrace). They offer excellent breakfast (included in your room charge) and VERY reasonably priced rooms.

    I booked my rooms with Teri and she was very prompt and accommodating, allowing us to check out a couple of different suites before we booked our bridal suite. Each suite has a different theme and some have larger bedroom, but smaller sitting room and others - larger sitting room and smaller bedroom. We chose the Social Suite, where Charlie Chaplin used to stay... so said the caption under his portrait:)

    We booked 5 rooms at the hotel and all rooms were very nice. Our suite was beautiful and roomy, enough to accommodate 9 people I had there while getting ready on my wedding day. The room my husband's parent stayed at was also roomy and very nice. If I could change anything about the rooms... that would be the bathrooms. They are clean but VERY plain. Just feels odd, since the rooms are so nice.

    Hotel staff was nice and accommodating. Overall, we really enjoyed our stay and would definitely come back.

    As far as the area goes... it's Downtown LA. If you live in the city, you know there are scores of homeless people on the streets and in the adjacent Pershing Square. During day time it's no big deal, LA homeless are not aggressive. But at night time it could be a bit uncomfortable, especially if you are travelling alone.

    Even though the hotel occupies top 3 floors (10-12), you still hear quite a bit of street noise... could be an issue if you plan to sleep in; buses get going early and often on weekends.

    $12 self-parking in the garage off Olive Street is a good deal for Downtown LA. No valet parking. Great health club facilities, which I believe you get full access to if you stay there. Make sure to check out 6th floor swimming pool, the first suspended pool in Los Angeles. Also the pool where Don Draper (Mad Men) swam in season four's "The Summer Man":)

    21/08/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    17. Yolanda S.
    2.5. I'll stick with 2 so those curious can read why.

    If I was traveling by myself for business or in a couple for pleasure, I'd bump this review up to 4. But, if I was traveling in a group, I'd stick with a 2. The kicker: there is no common place to hang out after 10 PM. No bar; no lounge; nothing. We created space one night, but it felt like breaking into the library. The fitness center opened at 8 AM during the weekend.  That sux for east coast travelers who rise early with little to do.

    Rooms were awesome with super comfortable beds. I was very excited about the full basketball court, but never found the time to play.  Separate vanity, which is handy.  Towels sucked; the toilet paper was worse.  

    The price was impressive for a clean, comfortable, quiet room in downtown LA (with a great breakfast buffet included).  I guess it's all about what you are in for.

    11/11/12 | Link | Rating: 2.0
    18. Christina M.
    I'm re-posting this review now that there is a separate section for the hotel of the Los Angeles Athletic Club.....

    This review is for the hotel only. My sister and I were in LA for the Annual Conference of the Association of Museums this past week. We wanted to stay somewhere that was close to the convention center, but also near public transportation. After researching a few of the area hotels, I decided on the LAAC, and I am soooooo glad that I did. From the reservation process to the actual stay, everything was wonderful.

    My experience started positively with a friendly phone call with Teri Oronato. She was very nice on the phone and set up my reservation for a double queen room with no problems, and at a discounted rate of $144 a night. Compared to the other downtown hotels in the area, the LAAC offered so many wonderful amenities that could not be beat. These included an affordable nightly rate, $8 overnight car parking, free wi-fi internet, complimentary buffet breakfast, complete access to the athletic facilities and classes, and a complimentary plate of cheese,crackers, and fruit to welcome you on your first night.

    On top of all of this, the hotel rooms were very snazzy, and I liked the gentleman's club decor. Since everything has been recently renovated, the hotel floors look new and stylish. The beds were super comfortable...in fact I wish I could take the bed home with me because I can't remember when I slept so well! Each room is also equipped with your standard desk, night stand, arm chair, mini fridge, and safe, which was nice too. I especially liked the radio clock which had the capability to connect your iPod and listen to music.

    The buffet breakfast was tasty, and the service was great. They have everything you could possibly want to eat, including cereal, pastries, scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, french toast, hash browns, fresh fruit, yogurt, coffee and juices. Plus, if that weren't enough, they also have a mini waffle and omelet station, where the cook is happy to make any combination of ingredients you want.

    Proximity-wise, the hotel was also centrally located, right in downtown LA, with multiple main bus lines taking you all over the city, and the Metro 7th Station a short 5 minute walk away. Everyone told me I was crazy to think I could get around LA via public transportation, but it really wasn't a problem at all, and I was able to get to places like the Convention Center, Hollywood Blvd and the La Brea Tar pits with no problem. There are also a lot of great restaurants nearyby, the Macy's Plaza (Macy's, Express, Victoria's Secret, etc.), 7-11, Bank of America, etc.

    If I ever go to LA again in the future, I would book with the hotel at the LAAC in a heart beat. It really was such a comfortable and wonderful experience, and I can't recommend it enough. Trust me...it's the best kept hotel secret in town!

    21/01/12 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    19. Eddie L.
    First impressions aren't always the correct impressions.  When I walked into the lobby of the club, my first thought was, "Wow, this place is dated!"  But when I went up the elevator to the hotel floors and then into my room, I thought, "This is straight out of Mad Men and I like it a lot!"  My room was comfortable, clean and well-appointed.  

    Four stars for the hotel.  Five stars for the fantastic breakfast buffet (and we aren't talking just fruits and cereal, people!)

    I will certainly stay here again!

    19/06/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    20. Grace F.
    My husband and I stayed here for our wedding weekend.  We had a lovely suite on the 11th floor (the Racket Club Suite).  The decor was very in-keeping with the decor in the rest of the hotel (heavy, dark pieces and colors with a modern twist).  It was very clean and the bedroom was super spacious.  The bed was SUPER comfortable and the bedding was wonderfully snuggly.  The bathroom was a bit sterile and it seemed like it hadn't been updated with the rest of the room (there was a bidet with a corroded drain and ugly ceiling tiles like the kind in offices).  

    That being said, the rest of the hotel was great!  They offered complimentary breakfast on the 3rd floor, which was delicious.  My husband wasn't stoked when they asked him to change out of his gym clothes, but in the hotel's defense, his shirt was soaked through with sweat and he smelled like he hadn't showered in 12 days.  He really shouldn't have been in public in general, let alone near people's food.  

    If you stay at the hotel, you have access to their extensive (and GORGEOUS) gym facilities. I HIGHLY recommend that if you stay you, you at least wander around the gym.  It IS that cool.  My one quibble is that, because it is a small boutique hotel, they are not the most accommodating for large parties (like a wedding) even 10 months in advance.  But the staff was extremely nice and our stay here was very pleasant.

    05/07/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    21. D X.
    If you're lucky enough to score a room here, it is always booked and priority is given to members you will find a gem in downtown la.  Beautiful rooms, restaurants, bar, and access to a 100 year old athletic club.  There are few other places like it in the world!

    02/02/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    22. Robert S.
    If you can get past the dark decor, this place is a great value in a good location downtown. Great bkfst buffet included in my rate which I booked using Hotels.com . Had a 1 hr massage for $55 inclusive of gratuity and wife took classes in yoga and pilates. Full court indoor basketball court and running track!

    04/04/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    23. Paul L.
    I don't often give a five-star review but this hotel gets it for excellent value as well as nice accommodations.  Both the rooms and the beds are large, and the place has a nice, old feel.  An excellent buffet breakfast comes with a night's stay, which is cheaper if you can arrange to have a member make your hotel reservation.  And the first-rate athletic facilities ALSO come with your night;s stay, including LARGE swimming pool.  I have stayed at the Athletic Club hotel a few times now and it is a clear first-choice for downtown accommodations

    25/04/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    24. Natalie M.
    I am planning a wedding in the area and wanted to show my Maid of Honor our wedding venue and hotel-- she lives on the east coast and is only in town for a few days. I was able to book a tour of the venue earlier that day, but wanted to at least stop by the hotel lobby while we were in the area. Allan, the front desk associate, was incredibly kind and offered to give us a brief tour of the property even though I hadn't made an appointment or even given him any notice that we were planning to drop in. He was fantastic-- took us to every single part of the hotel that might be used during the weekend of my wedding, described possible room layouts, showed us the roof deck, and answered all of our questions.

    Allan's fantastic attitude and impeccable customer service completely solidified that the LAAC is the right hotel for my wedding.

    As a designer,I am especially excited about our plans to stay at the Athletic Club because the hotel is amazing! It's a beautiful boutique style property that has been tastefully restored by Tracy Beckmann with it's original historic charm. Between the design aesthetic and the amazing staff, I couldn't be happier with my decision to choose the LAAC over other area hotels.

    02/10/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    25. Christen g.
    I like this place - got upgraded to a suite through my travel agent and as it turned out it was where Charlie Chaplin lived for a while.  Super cool.
    The blackout curtains were NOT fucking around -- which really matters to me.  The location is fine, downtown -- so parking is hard for visitors.  The garage was a little pricey.  The breakfast was nice, too.  The beds were GREAT.

    23/10/12 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    26. Bob S.
    I would certainly recommend this place. It's conveniently located (for Downtown), and has a quirky charm. The rooms are large and clean, and the styling is certainly thematic (slightly odd, but pleasant). My colleague had a training bike in his room. I previously stayed at The Standard, and this place is far more civilized, as you would expect. Made one trip to the club for a steam bath and shower, and it was all pleasant if a little dated. The bar wasn't great (I had hoped for a bit more atmosphere), but as others have said, the breakfast was fantastic. Certainly the best buffet breakfast I've had. Overall, not amazing, but would definitely stay again if looking for a hotel in Downtown LA.

    10/06/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    27. Jose P.
    I. Love the gym! That's probably the main reason we like this place so much.Kind of a dreary place to stay for a child.There is a restaurant here at the hotel which is convenient for breakfast and lunch. he rooms are large and clean, and the styling is certainly thematic (slightly odd, but pleasant).Overall, amazing, but would definitely stay again if looking for a hotel in Downtown LA.

    26/06/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    28. Jimmy N.
    I stayed here during the LA New Year's Race and booked a room on my phone online the morning of. For the convenience of that, you get a star already, but I have to assume that that kind of service is commonplace for hotels in this modern day.

    The LAAC is nice, it's a nice hotel with nice rooms and nice beds.. comfy beds at that. But that's about it. The complimentary fruit was a nice touch. Hotel portion are on the 10-12th floors, so at least you're higher up from the street noise. Gym and spa are on 5th-9th floors. Dining is on the 2nd-4th floors.

    I like the decor and the "dark"ness of the design.. i would only expect that kind of design from a place that's called the LA Athletic Club, quite honestly.

    Included in your stay is a complimentary continental breakfast buffet on the 3rd floor. Food was alright, but the staff here could be less enthused to where they work (note: that's sarcasm for you folks out there, cuz they really could use an energy shot.. i mean, c'mon, the morning after all of the DTLA hotels' breakfast buffets were filled with people that ran a half marathon the night before, if anyone has a right to be tired, it's US!)

    Bonus perk: Free Wifi within the hotel. :)

    Now, as to why this place didn't deserve a full 4-5 stars:
    It's not as lush, as one would expect. Or maybe I was expecting more than it really is. But as others have mentioned, towels hurt. Some are hit and miss. I took a shower before my race and used one towel... and took a shower after my race and used another (to test the reviews that I read about) and sure enough, they failed - the 2nd towel had holes and ripped seams at the edges. Sigh. They're also not that soft or comfy, I would imagine that they're the same towels used in the gym's facilities, but let's not let my imagination go there and positively think that they have separate hotel linens. I also wish the hotel had curbside valet.. that would have made finding this place (and parking!) a lot easier. Again, maybe I was expecting too much.

    The front desk service could be nicer too.. or more pleasant at least. I always felt like I was bothering them, which is what a guest should never feel like.

    Next time, I'm staying at the Biltmore or Checkers.

    15/01/13 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    29. Jennifer H.
    My boyfriend and I were looking for a nice, clean safe place to say close to the Nokia Theatre Live that didn't run $400 but still had at least a 4 star rating. LAAC hotel came up in the searches I did on several sites as far as recommendations so we gave it a shot.
    This hotel/sports club is over 100 years old so if you're looking for a Marriott this isn't your thing. But if you love old places that have remodeled but not lost their original beautiful character you will love it here. The hotel was immaculate, the staff exceedingly helpful, the parking is great and cheap for this area and +1: your car is SAFE, the room was remodeled and very modern looking, super comfy bed and pillows and a flatscreen TV with free wifi.
    We enjoyed the buffet breakfast which was standard but good, and explored all the floors to see what the place had to offer and we were not disappointed: hotel guests can enjoy the sports club which takes up most of the floors - the guest rooms are on the top three floors which is great. There is an enormous swimming pool, basketball court, weights, spa, locker rooms and much more while you stay here to enjoy.
    The only reason I rated the room comfort a 4 is the windows could use some soundproofing as could the door but because there are very few actual guest floors the inside noise is minimal but LA has its share of sirens and street sounds but it wasn't so bad that it interfered with our sleep.
    Love the place, will definitely stay again!!!

    02/11/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    30. Danielle M.
    I want to say I was absolutely pleased staying here.  My client always puts me up in really neat places when they can because they know I like to get a good workout in and a traditional hotel has the bare minimum to offer in terms of fitness equipment.

    The hotel is located inside of the Athletic Club which is a full sized facility featuring spa services as well as typical and some awesome fitness classes including classes such as zumba, muay thai kickboxing, spin, yoga, etc. So there is something for everyone. The gym was really impressive and the lap pool was top notch.
    I stayed from Monday-Friday so I got a good feel for the hotel and really enjoyed the complimentary breakfast buffet.
    My boyfriend got a sports massage with Steve and he said it was wonderful.

    My room was on the smaller size but had a queen sized bed that was so comfortable! The room was a little dark but it wasn't a huge deal.  

    My favorite feature was the staff....when we checked in I believe his named was Ernie checked us in and he was absolutely pleasant. Actually every person that helped me checking in and out was very helpful and very friendly.

    They have a beautiful rooftop that I enjoyed my coffee on every morning. There is also a lovely lounge that you can get dinner and tapas at!

    I really have no major gripe about this place. My aunt and cousin came to visit one night and we got a roll away bed that was HUGE and super comfy as well.

    All in all a nice priced full of amenities hotel to stay it for short or long stays.

    The place has a ton of charm and I'd love to visit again!

    20/10/13 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    31. Casey D.
    Loved it...we walked in and the front desk staff were so friendly...room was awesome and food was AMAZING at the Club...we weren't dressed appropriately...no matter, we were treated very well! Rooftop was very cool and bed super comfy...breakfast was awesome! While checking out...we mentioned we were off to a Dodger game and some sweet guy popped out of a doorway and gave us a premium parking pass!! $40 pass!! What! From start to finish....great stay!

    04/09/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    32. Jennifer P.
    Ok this place....an all time favorite!!!  Every time I'm here I feel euphoric!!  I love downtown but this place is remarkable.  Great service and great restaurants whether you're in the hotel or out and about as everything is centrally located within walking distance.   This hotel has vintage memories everywhere.  It has had a face lift in and outside BUT..they didn't lose their history.   There are vintage pictures all over the hotel and on every floor of former Olympic competitors and athletes from back in the day.   You can feel the energy of days gone by when you walk through here.  I have to say this place is electric with energy of old affluent parties and celebrities that have visited this hotel and stayed.   Their presence lingers because it's as if you step back in time when you come into the hotel.   I will always come back here and the food and service can't be beat.  Oh and don't forget to go onto the roof in the evening, the view is amazing!!!

    13/12/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    33. Cate C.
    Attended a wedding here. Very elegantly furnished. Including the restrooms! The hor d'oeuvres were yummy. Dinner was worth the wait. Beautiful place and awesome rooftop pictures were taken.

    04/01/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    34. Linda W.
    We recently had our yearly 3 day team meeting here at the LAAC.  I just want to say that the number one comment between the ladies is that this place is haunted.  Maybe its not, but it certainly feels that way with its dark walls, warm lighting, old art, leatherbound books, paintings of ships sailing at sea, and slight creaking noises throughout the night. The conference rooms are gorgeous and surprisingly, the rooms are very clean and well kept. However, my room was the size of a closet so make sure to tell the front desk that you're claustraphobic and avoid the room right out of the elevator!  

    There is a restaurant here at the hotel which is convenient for breakfast and lunch. And of course, the majority of the building is a gym... so you have that.  I don't think i would stay here again, the neighborhood is sketch and I'm more of a Modern/Bright Hotel type gal.

    10/02/14 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    35. Andrea L.
    The short: The staff was courteous, the place was clean, the room was really cute and  I would definitely stay here again.

    The long: I stayed here after attending a wedding in downtown. Got ready in the room and then headed to the party via cab.  This could easily be done for any downtown event if you want to spend the night in the city.  No need to drink and drive :-)

    The hotel has a masculine feel, reminiscent of a coach's den circa 1960.   Another reviewer mentioned it is totally Mad Men style, and I agree.   A collegiate athletic theme is consistently carried throughout and is executed well. The halls are lined with elegantly framed pictures of athletes and coaches from an era that seems a world away.  Very retro cool.

    There is a nice gym and pool that guests of the hotel have access too. It is the Los Angeles athletic club after all.  If you like to workout, keep this in mind.  Personally,  I wished I had packed exercise clothes and my bathing suit.  

    In the morning a full service complimentary breakfast is served that included (off the top of my head): an omelet and waffle station, various pastries, every breakfast meat you could think of, two variations of potatoes (hash browns and home style), yogurt, dry cereal, and coffee, OJ, water, etc.  Loved it!  

    I had a really great experience here and am now recommending it to you, friend.  Travel light!
    xo Dre

    17/07/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    36. Zaida E.
    Our go to place to stay in LA when it's just the bf and I. Love the gym! That's probably the main reason we like this place so much. The inside track is convenient, comfortable to run on and kind of just generally cool to use. It's a full functioning gym right in the hotel, yay!

    After 3 days though the breakfast starts to get old fast. They really should change up what's being served, but then, most people probably don't stay for 3 nights. Bring back the free omelets and classic bar atmosphere!! It feels so stuffy and uptight in there since the room change, but I guess that's what they're trying to go for. Or is it classy and sophisticated?

    Probably wouldn't bring children to stay in this place. Kind of a dreary place to stay for a child. With its dark decor and "serious" atmosphere, it is not a place a child would feel happy to say he stayed in. That's a plus for all you child - less travelers out there out for some good ol' adult business! Here's a place you'll rarely hear a child laughing.

    29/05/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    37. Travis P.
    The hotel at LAAC is mediocre, maybe a little bit above average. The rooms are great, the service could be improved upon. Some flaws: the hotel front desk staff, the food service closes early in the evening, the cable TV does not have any movie channels.

    30/06/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    38. Vernia M.
    I'm staying here for business. The rate is amazing. The hotel has gone through a lovely renovation. When you arrive the staff is warm and helpful. The rooms are comfortable and spacious for CA  Standards. There is always tea, coffee and hot chocolate waiting for you . Also important to mention free wi-fi which was a pleasant surprise. I highly recommend staying at this great spot!

    18/03/15 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    39. Emily D.
    This place was fantastic and full of rich mahogany and leather bound books. And boats.

    I am not it's target demographic, and I still loved it.

    Thank god the Dr. and I are buying our winter yacht in a week, we'll need some news to discuss at the bar, old champ.

    09/11/13 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    40. Linda C.
    Stayed here a number of times and always left happy. However there are a few things they can improve on.

    Pros:
    - discount & priority for members
    - cozy rooms with big thick curtains to keep the sun out in the morning
    - VERY comfy beds
    - complementary breakfast buffet
    - conveniently close to a number of restaurants & bars
    - rooftop access for tanning & relaxing, which includes a great view of LA
    - restaurant downstairs is amazing!

    Cons:
    - small bathrooms
    - no room service on weekends?!?
    - no rooftop pool (there is a pool in the gym)

    Service can vary depending on who you get. Overall everyone is really nice and friendly. Some of the staff simply do not make much of an effort to please their guests. They are not rude about it, they may just say no to your request right away. So if one person says no, you may want to ask another just in case!

    04/07/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    41. Charlynne C.
    After deciding on an impromptu trip to L.A., HotelTonight led me to this amazing gem in the middle of downtown L.A.

    After reading up on many hotels, The Hotel at LAAC was perfect for me. We arrived late Friday night. The parking lot next door to the hotel was only $20/night which is cheap compared to a lot of the other hotels in the area.

    The Hotel itself was built in the early 1900s, but looks remodeled. My beau and I loooooved the décor of the hotel. It was very mad men-esque with the dark wood bars, leather sofas, grand piano... so beautiful. Also don't miss out on their rooftop deck. It has an amazing view of the downtown skyline.

    The Hotel at LAAC came with a lot of perks. We had full access to their entire facility. Lap pool, track, basketball court, yoga studios, kickboxing, etc. We also got a free buffet breakfast located in their Invention dining hall. It was a really good breakfast. There is no cell phone use at Invention and men aren't allowed to wear sleeveless shirts. Waiters and waitresses were extremely attentive. And their coffee is delicious!

    Our room was pretty standard. It had a very comfortable king bed and a large bathroom with a bidet. Free wifi but I didn't need to use it. I'd suggest getting something on a higher floor so you have a better view.

    I'd happily stay here again. Perfect location at the perfect price!

    19/08/14 | Link | Rating: 5.0
    42. Jonathan U.
    Very nice hotel with nice decor.

    Came here for a wedding reception this past weekend it was very nice.  The ballroom was nice and large and was able to hold over 200+ people in there.  

    The hotel room were very nice as well.  I got the 2 queen bed room and it was nice in size for 6 of us to sleep (4 on the beds and 2 on the floor).  The beds were very comfy.  My cousin, who got a single king size bed, had a room that was very small.  It literally had space only for the bed and thats it!!  My other cousin, who got married, had the charlie chaplin suite in room 1215.  Apparently this room is haunted by charlie chaplin himself.  There was a self portrait of him in that room whose eyes follow you! very creepy.  Anyways the amenities at this hotel was great.  Multiple floors for working out, swimming, basketball courts, and other cardio equipment.  

    The breakfast buffet was free since we had a room.  It wasnt anything special.  They had eggs, bacon, sausage, waffles, oatmeal, and chilequiles (sp?).  Everything tasted great and also came with either OJ, coffee, water, or soda.  From what i heard the breakfast is $20 if i had to pay.  In my opinion its not worth the $20 so im glad i got it free.  

    The rooftop has an amazing view of downtown LA.  It was a great place to lounge and relax.  Sadly, it rained and we werent able to spend too much time up there.  Rooftop hours are from 7am-12 midnight.  

    Parking here are kinda pricy.  I paid $20/day with in and out privileges.  Parking rates for those who attended the reception but went home the same night was $7.

    Overall, i had a good experience there.  The surrounding area was kinda scary so we really didnt leave the hotel to explore.

    The reason im giving this place such a low review is because my cousin had an open bar for his wedding and they ran out of henessey.  After my cousin told them we were all henessey drinkers we would of assumed that they would have been well stocked on it.  They had a total of 8 bottles, 6 of which were finished during the cocktail hour.  The female bartender said "we typically pan out the crowd and i didnt take you guys as henessey drinkers."  If she really panned out the crowd she would have noticed that we ran through 6 bottles during cocktail hour which should have triggered them to buy some more but sadly they didnt.   Very disappointing.  My cousin spent thousands of dollars on an open bar and we couldnt fully enjoy it.

    04/08/14 | Link | Rating: 2.0
    43. C V.
    Excellent for what you're paying. If I were an out of town, convention visitor to DTLA, this would be my go-to, always. I'd bi pass all of the trendy ace and standard situations in a heart beat knowing that where I'm headed is much more my cup of tea.  Of course I'm older and much less attractive than those whom visit said trendy establishments, thus, that comment should be taken with that in mind.

    Hospitality is something I feel just as passionate about as any service industry profession.  It must be poignant communication, solution driven when issues arise and above all, very accommodating.  LAAC's hotel and facilities has proven that a stay here is not only in tasteful, classic heritage style, but adheres to the rules of that which is becoming a lost art-

    SERVICE PERIOD.  

    I will recommend it to all of my friends and colleagues which intend to visit our fair city.

    I was fortunate enough to get room 1111 which was a super duper comfy king size situation with a decent view of Olive St.  My friends which were married this weekend stayed in 1215 which had apparently been used by Charlie Chaplin back in the day.
    Sorry I didn't take any pics of the rooms.

    Anyhoo-
    Visit, have a swim, a cocktail, visit Bottega Louie across the road and bask in all that is great about DTLA's Historic Core.

    Cheers.
    CV-

    31/08/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    44. Semuteh F.
    Stayed here for a wedding in town and had a pretty great experience. Great location downtown-close to Union Station, garment district, jewelry district, etc.

    The rooms are really well designed. Lots of cool historical details. The bed was really comfortable as well.

    I tried the gym and it's a really nice facility. Definitely a plus of staying here. There's a pool, indoor track (.10 of a mile), and lots of cardio machines and weights.

    There's a beautiful rooftop terrace with amazing views of downtown. Wish there was some shade/umbrellas up there because it can get really hot during the day.

    The one big negative was the noise. My friend who stayed here two nights said that there were crazy sounds (fighting/arguing) coming from the room next door. The next night on a different floor, we heard similar loud music/yelling/arguing. Really disturbing! Not sure what type of clientele frequent this place but it was definitely off putting.

    Another place for improvement is the wifi connection which was free but worked poorly or not at all for most of my stay.

    The pluses outweigh the minuses though and overall I really liked this hotel and would stay here again. I didn't have the buffet breakfast this time but heard it was good (about 3-4 hot options). They were also kind enough to store my bag while I explored the area a bit which was nice!

    17/08/14 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    45. Lindsey B.
    First timer at LAAC and I was impressed. Beautiful, historical place to stay in downtown LA although super difficult to get to if you aren't accustomed to that SoCal driving. Parking is not included with the room but they make up for that by including a breakfast buffet with your room. We had a king size bed room and it was a little tight, stubbed toes were unavoidable and that was no fun. The entire hotel is of a darker/classy tone so if you get depressed in dark rooms this isn't the place for you, poor lighting and not a lot sunshine, even on the twelfth floor...

    25/04/15 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    46. Grace K.
    I'm from norcal and visit K-town in LA from time to time w/my sister to eat some good Korean food. This time was w/my boyfriend to visit a friend on our way back from Vegas and we stayed at LACC.

    Experience with the front desk:
    We arrived earlier than expected and wanted to see if we can get an early check-in. We were told possibly, so drove straight to the hotel at around 1:30pm (less than 2 hours before our check in time which was 3pm). One of the front desk staff, Irma, asked us to give her 30-40 minutes to get our room ready. So we waited on the couch right by the front desk. After 50 minutes, nothing. It's common courtesy to inform your guests if you can't meet your promised service and this whole time the staff is giggling and chatting loudly, which I consider very rude at a four star hotel. I finally walked up to Irma and asked for the status of our room. She said "oh yeah, she's (a maid) going upstairs right now to get it ready. Give me another 15 minutes." 25 minutes later, she yells across the lobby, " your room is ready" -- no Ms, excuse me, just straight yells from the desk. So we ended up getting our room 15 minutes before our checkin time. I appreciate them trying to accommodate our need for a early check in, but the way they presented themselves was utterly unprofessional. I didn't get a chance to speak with anyone else but one person does enough to ruin it for me.  

    The hotel itself has a good ambiance, the room is quite small (barely fits a king size bed and a tv stand, the bathroom is tiny and opens directly to the bed) but well decorated and cozy, you get access to their nice gym (tip: you're not supposed to use your phone on the6th fl. They will give you dirty looks. Again, common courtesy to inform your guests if they're doing something against your policy instead of giving looks. unprofessional), $20 self parking which isn't bad compared to ~$40-60 in SF, free wifi, and get free breakfast buffet. Not bad for ~$200/night for a king bed but considering there are so many options in the area, I would not go back.

    08/01/15 | Link | Rating: 3.0
    47. Amy W.
    Super fancy and wonderful experience! I had booked a Deluxe Queen room and when I checked in they surprised me with a free upgrade to a Premium King! Excellent start to the stay! The room was spacious and even had a bike machine (made sense since it was the Athletic Club after all).

    4 stars because part of the carpet in the room was wet for some reason. And there were random strands of hair on the bathroom sink and on the bed comforter. However, these couple of downsides were made up by the great customer service at the front desk! They were courteous with my various questions, prompt with delivering requested toiletries to the room, and took the time to give me step-by-step directions to my destination.

    The interior of the hotel boasted upscale decor with intricate details. I was blown away by how beautiful everything was! Would love to be back!

    13/03/15 | Link | Rating: 4.0
    48. Nicoletta C.
    I used a room at the Athletic club for our getting ready location for our wedding. We used a suite with a Yachting theme. The suite was very large and was very comfortable for my bridesmaids and makeup artist and assistant to set up shop. The decor is very tasteful and classic and keeps in mind the hotel's roots. The staff was very helpful and kind. We were going to use the Biltmore but when my mom called to reserve a room she found them to be very snotty. I also like that the room comes with a complimentary breakfast in the Famous Players restaurant. They had a nice assortment of breakfast foods including fruit, eggs, yogurt, sausage, oatmeal so I could have a healthy and filling breakfast on my wedding day. I can't say that I would stay here again since I live in town, but would recommend it to friends coming into town.

    26/01/15 | Link | Rating: 5.0