Invention bar in the Los Angeles Athletic Club offers a cocktail menu that predates Prohibition.


Invention bar in the Los Angeles Athletic Club offers a cocktail menu that predates Prohibition.

Los Angeles Athletic Club

An Upscale Private Club Downtown

Local residents always know the best place to stay in their community. While downtown Los Angeles has many hotel properties, only people who work in the area would think of staying at the Los Angeles Athletic Club. This is an upscale private club in the middle of the downtown area, and not that many people know that they have elegant lodging opportunities open to the public.

The Town

There are a whole host of reasons that might take you to downtown Los Angeles ranging from culture to business. Could be a sporting event like a Dodger baseball game. Or possibly USC and UCLA football this fall. Maybe a trip a bit more on the artistic side takes you to one of the great venues downtown has to offer like the Mark Taper Forum, Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, or Disney Concert Hall. Or perhaps you just want to stop over on your way further south or east. You will find that this area has continually improved over the years with scores of the new restaurants, shopping, and office complexes.

The Hotel

Each year the John R. Wooden Award is given to the best collegiate basketball player in the nation. The venue for this prestigious ceremony has always been the Los Angeles Athletic Club, and this landmark facility has been the hub of athletic achievement for over 100 years now.

A room at L.A. Athletic Club
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A room at L.A. Athletic Club

The L.A. Athletic Club has 12 floors split between lodging, physical training, and dining options. The dining and banquet facilities take up the first few floors while the various exercise options take up the middle floors. That leaves the top three floors for lodging. The rooms are very nicely appointed with state-of-the-art electronics and very comfortable bedding. They have many suites to choose from, and the hotel is very quiet at night.

After a relaxing night’s sleep, you can walk down a couple of flights of stairs to one of the best athletic clubs in the nation. Swimming, running, squash, yoga, and an extensive workout area all await. Hotel guests receive a complimentary buffet breakfast at the Famous Players Restaurant on the third floor. All the dining rooms and banquet areas are traditionally decorated with extensive wood paneling and brick facades. Colorful memorabilia adorn the walls commemorating the great history of the club. For complete details visit

Getting There

If downtown L.A. is your final destination, why not take the train? This is a much more relaxing way to travel for, say, a two-day stay over. Instead of catching a glimpse of the ocean from your car, you can actually enjoy the view, perhaps from your luxurious seating in business class. When you take the train, you can get up and move around, and you don’t have the frustration of being stuck in traffic. Amtrak offers several departures in either direction, and one is sure to fit your needs.

When you arrive, be sure to take in the famous Union Station. This Los Angeles landmark has been used in countless movies due to its cathedral-like terminal. From here you could ride a Metro train to the L.A. Athletic Club or take a taxi for the short ride. Even a busy station like this is a picnic to navigate compared to airports. You only need to be here 30 minutes before departure.

A New Putter

Odyssey Putters from Callaway Golf have long been the leader in the industry. They have produced most of the innovations in putting for several decades now. The latest is the Odyssey Works 2 Ball Fang which you have no doubt seen being used on TV by pros on all tours. This is a high-tech update of the famous Odyssey 2 Ball line, which took the golf world by storm over a decade ago. I like the slight offset used here and especially the lines on the back of the putter, which help with alignment. The patented 2 Ball putters make it very easy to line up. These putters are especially helpful with the short breaking putts that give golfers so much trouble. Visit to see the full line of putters available.

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