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The city’s first club is offering a strikingly contemporary approach to health, with the completion of a $10M renovation.
The Los Angeles Athletic Club has been operating out of its building at the corner of 7th and Olive Streets in DTLA since 1912. Designed by renowned LA architects John Parkinson and George Bergstrom, The Beaux-Arts style structure was the first on the West Coast to have a pool (nicknamed “The Plunge”) above the ground floor. From its outset, the Club was far more than a gym; it was a place where men and women came together to celebrate theatrics, poetry, and the ethos of sound mind in a sound body.
In July, 2019, the Club unveiled an extensive slate of advanced wellness offerings. The multi-million dollar renovation of the Club’s 6th floor includes the state-of-the-art NEPTUNE SPA and the health-oriented juice bar and poolside restaurant, PLUNGE CAFE.
Open to Club members and Hotel guests, Neptune Spa builds on the Club’s recently-renovated locker rooms’ saunas, steam rooms, and whirlpools by offering private suites for massage, body treatments, and facials with expert therapists, as well as an ultramodern Himalayan Salt Suite.
Also in-house is a full-service barbershop and nail salon. Whether a guest is looking for a hot shave before a big meeting or blowouts for their wedding party, the new 6th floor has them covered. If members want to treat themselves after a workout, they can stop by for a whiskey in the barbershop’s speakeasy.
On the same floor, Plunge Cafe marks a return to 1912, when the Club’s original poolside Cafe first opened. The 2019 version is based on historic photographs but provides a distinctly modern menu of fresh juices, smoothies, sandwiches, and salads. The menu also includes elegant pastries and an extensive La Colombe coffee program, as well as wine, beer, and Pimm’s cup on tap.
About the Club’s new offerings, Assistant General Manager, Cory Hathaway, says:
“As the LAAC’s motto states, we are ‘devoted to the lifelong pursuit of health giving amusements.’ With Neptune Spa and Plunge Cafe we aim to reimagine and expand upon the Club’s approach to wellness. Neptune Spa takes inspiration from the LAAC’s historic sister clubs along the California Coast – providing treatments that incorporate healing minerals from the ocean. The combination of our world class athletic facilities, three restaurants, social-gathering and co-working spaces, and now the new 6th floor add up to a vibrant urban retreat in the heart of DLTA’s Historic Core neighborhood. We’re excited to share these expansive offerings with our members and guests.”
ABOUT THE HIMALAYAN SALT SUITE: 100% pure Himalayan crystal salt is considered one of the most beneficial minerals on earth. The Himalayan Salt Suite is a place to relax and recover. The Suite is particularly recommended to support respiratory health and improve circulation – excellent for athletes and those with serious allergies. The salt also lightly exfoliates the skin, relieves anxiety, and prevents muscle cramps. The Suite is available by appointment, as well as for private yoga sessions or meditation.



Join us in Invention to try the new cocktail list featuring 12 seasonal, classic and modern cocktail.

Christmas on Lanai

Hamilton 151
House-made Spiced Rum
Coco Lopez



The Los Angeles Athletic Club (LAAC), the City’s first private club, announces the completion of phase two of its highly-anticipated $10 million-dollar renovation. The Club is set to appeal to a new wave of downtown denizens by merging its rich history with a contemporary new look. On May 15, LAAC unveiled their world-class women’s locker rooms.  LAAC is also debuting five new meeting rooms on the fourth floor by renowned interior designer Tracy Beckmann.

The project represents a major upgrade in the club’s 138-year history and focuses on the fourth, fifth and sixth floors of the 12-story building, which encompasses athletic, social, and meeting spaces, along with three floors of hotel rooms. By year’s end, the club will be ready to unveil the final round of renovations to the sixth floor, including a unisex spa area and treatment rooms with a multi-purpose salt room that offers yoga, meditation and halo therapy. There will also be a barber shop, nail salon and the historic poolside lounge and dining area re-imagined as the Plunge Cafe.



Aqualillies by Gray Malin
LAAC Swimming Pool

Valentine’s Day at The Los Angeles Athletic Club To Feature Accommodations, Aqualillies, Pool-side Dining & More

The historic Los Angeles Athletic Club has long been a social destination offering up classic Hollywood glamour in a private downtown club setting. This Valentine’s Day LAAC will be celebrating love with their Valentine’s Day experience “Getting Along Swimmingly” featuring accommodations at its award-winning hotel, a romantic poolside dinner for two and entertainment from famed synchronized swim crew, The Aqualillies. This Valentine’s Day, The Los Angeles Athletic Club’s unique package will surely “pool” on the heart strings of attending couples.

The “Getting Along Swimmingly” Package will be offered on February 14th for $425++ per couple and includes:

A one night stay in one of the club’s well-appointed 72 chicly designed hotel rooms along with a poolside four-course dinner at the club’s infamous indoor pool where

Ester Williams trained along with countless gold medal Olympians and nostalgic shows like Mad Men have filmed. Additionally, guests will be entertained during dinner by synchronized swimmers, The Aqualillies dubbed by Vogue as “Swimming Sensations”. The package also includes a breakfast for two at The Famous Players Lounge and in-room champagne and strawberries.

The Hotel at The Los Angeles Athletic Club (LAAC) proudly boasts 72 urban chic hotel rooms and 9 incomparable suites. From the minute a guest steps out from the elevator and begins the journey to their room, their eyes will be transfixed by the beautifully rich hallways and the nostalgic sepia tone prints of the famed Olympian members stretching back over 100 years. Combined with original artwork, grandfather clocks and warm lighting, it is immediately apparent that this is an entirely new urban hotel experience.

RSVP by emailing LAAC.EVENTS@LAAC.NET or call 213.630.5255.

Tuesday, February 14th, 2017
7:00 PM – 10 PM


LAAC Water Polo

LAAC Swimming Pool
Water Polo
Men by Pool
Water Polo
Men by Pool
Men in Pool

The Los Angeles Athletic Club recently partnered with the Republica Water Polo team to rebrand the team into the LAAC Water Polo team. What began as a few friends with the desire to compete in the 2016 USA Water Polo National league eventually grew into them wanting to build the strongest and most competitive club in Southern California. Terry Schroeder, a 3-time Olympic athlete and former National Team Head Coach, will be coaching our LAAC sponsored team. Aside from finishing in sixth place in the Master’s National Championship the team will be helping the Club develop a six week boot camp available to members


Rivals in the Ring

Men in Pool

The Los Angeles Athletic Club hosted its 6th Annual L.A. Collegiate Boxing Invitational (Rivals in the Ring) Friday, December 4, 2015. The main event featured UCLA versus USC in a cross-town showdown.

With the availability of fights on pay-per-view television, HBO Fight Nights and 20,000+ person spectacles at Las Vegas hotels, it’s easy to forget that “the sweet science” has long ties to academia and high society. The Los Angeles Athletic Club has not forgotten these boxing traditions. Our evening included great food, extravagant outfits, and tremendous matchups between seven different colleges. The black-tie optional event also included a whiskey/scotch tasting by the Ambassador of Glenmorangie and Ardbeg. This was a great option for those who enjoy the finer things in life, such as sipping a nice scotch.

The event featured ten different bouts sanctioned by the NCBA (National Collegiate Boxing Association). The feature event was a bout between the women of Troy and UCLA. In her 2nd year boxing at this event, Rachel Luba of UCLA, defeated Rocky Canon of USC, in a very close fight that had fans of both schools on their feet cheering. This match-up now has the cross-town rivalry tied at three wins each.