Los Angeles Athletic Club: Los Angeles, CA
It’s rare for a sports club to add guest rooms—it’s a huge financial gamble—but Los Angeles Athletic Club (aka LAAC) in downtown LA has parlayed it into a unique business model. This century-old members-only club (members have included Charlie Chaplin, surfing legend Duke Kahanamoku, and General George Patton) now boasts a 72-room boutique hotel, 80,000 sq. feet of circuit-training gym, cycling studio, indoor lap pool, aerobics room, basketball court and squash court, with a robust fitness schedule that includes everything from yoga and Pilates to kickboxing (with bags) and water aerobics. It’s also well known for organized group classes, like water polo and basketball, and more than 100 Olympic medalists and professional athletes have trained here, from Mitch Gaylord to Arnold Schwarzenegger. When you’re done with your workout, hit up Fresh8, which serves up protein bites and green juices. While it’s a private club for members ($650 initiation fee/starting at $116/month), hotels guests can use the facility for free.
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