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Athletic Club Shows Off Hotel Renovations

By Eric Richardson
Published: Wednesday, December 09, 2009, at 10:03PM
LAAC Hotel Renovation Eric Richardson [Flickr]

Seven of the nine Los Angles Athletic Club suites are themed after clubs the company used to operate. The other two bear USC and UCLA designs.



When the Los Angeles Athletic Club opened its new home at the corner of 7th and Olive in November of 1911, the L.A. Times gave club Vice President Frank Garbutt a column per day to opine about all of the building's features. Garbutt wrote the the club's "sleeping apartments" were "some of the finest rooms in the city.

That building may now be 98 years old, but the club's rooms are again brand new thanks to a recently completed renovation. Now operated as a hotel, the 72 rooms on the buildings top three floors are open to both club members and the general public.

The nine suites took the longest to finish, entering service in the last month. Seven of the nine are themed after one of the clubs the Athletic Club used to operate, including a yacht club, a country club and several beach clubs. Two bear USC and UCLA designs.

Member rooms also got a makeover, with the first renovated floor having reopened in July.

Summer and holidays are typically slow times for the hotel. During December and January, rates are $129 - $149 for deluxe king rooms (includes breakfast, wi-fi and full club access), with suites running $249.

The club is looking to lure folks Downtown over New Years with a package that bundles dinner for two at the club, a one-night stay and VIP access to Seven Grand's New Years Eve party (with a bottle of champagne or Sazerac) for $359 (or $229 without the Seven Grand tie-in).

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