Here’s a travel tip for next time you’re in LA: stay at the Los Angeles Athletic Club.
After the Arthur W. Page conference last week I stayed an extra day in Los Angeles to visit with some health journalists in the nation’s #2 market. I ran across an extremely pleasant surprise in my accommodations for Tuesday night, in the Los Angeles Athletic Club. I would highly recommend it to anyone traveling to Los Angeles for business.
My first surprise was in the lobby, where behind the velvet ropes I saw the John R. Wooden Award, which is given each year to the nation’s top college basketball player. I couldn’t resist having my picture taken next to it.
Then I found out about all of the exercise facilities, including the basketball court (at top), the swimming pool for lap swimming, the running track and the weight training facilities. These pictures don’t do them justice:
The room was an even nicer surprise: wireless internet was free (instead of the $9.95 a night so many hotels charge because they know it’s a must-have for business travelers.) There was a complimentary fruit basket (the apple from which I am eating as I write this) and also a free breakfast buffet. The toiletry basket in the room included not only the customary shampoo, conditioner and lotion, but also toothpaste (especially welcome given TSAs anxiety over gels and liquids in carry-on luggage), toothpaste, a razor and shaving cream. And parking was just $8.80 a night, with in/out privileges.
The nightly rate was quite reasonable, and the staff was courteous and professional (even taking the picture of me with the Wooden Award).
Next time you’re staying overnight in Los Angeles, give the LAAC a try.