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Los Angeles Athletic Club Completes Phase Two of Major Renovations


The Los Angeles Athletic Club (LAAC), the city’s first private health club, is 138 years old and considered one of the top health clubs in Los Angeles. It offers a wide variety of programming and activities, including basketball, swimming, personal training, squash and spa services.

On May 15, the LAAC announced the completion of phase two of a $10 million renovation. The renovation focused primarily on updating the fourth and fifth floors of the 12-story building by adding new amenities and meeting spaces to the club.

As a staple of the Los Angeles community, the LAAC has always employed cutting-edge design and the latest amenities to meet its members’ needs and provide a first-class experience.

“The Los Angeles Athletic Club has long been a place where members can flex their athletic and social skills,” said Steve Hathaway, the general manager of the LAAC. “Our goal is to welcome the next generation to this storied institution, which has been owned and managed by five generations of our family.”

The LAAC unveiled world-class women’s locker rooms, a Kahuna Room and five state-of-the-art meeting rooms. The Kahuna Room will be home to a new club called The Wave, that offers networking opportunities to all female members.

The Kahuna Room pays homage to Duke Kahanamoku, a gold medal-winning Olympic swimmer and “father of surfing” who was a loyal LAAC member in the 1930s. This Hawaiian lounge is flooded with natural lights and a beautiful, French-style décor.

Along with five state-of-the-art meeting rooms, upgraded women’s locker rooms and many other features, the LAAC renovations have given members a lot to look forward to. And as always, all of these upgrades and renovations were made with those members in mind.

“In planning these renovations, we toured many of the top private athletic clubs in the country and developed our concept to provide the most sought-after features to our members,” said Hathaway.

By the end of 2018, the LAAC hopes to have its final phase of renovation completed, which will update amenities on the sixth floor of the building. New features will include a unisex spa, treatment rooms with a multi-purpose salt room that offers yoga, meditation and halo therapy.

A barber shop and nail salon will also be added, and the poolside lounge and dining area will be rebranded as the Plunge Café.

Bobby Dyer

Bobby is the assistant editor of Club Solutions Magazine. He can be reached at bobby@peakemedia.com.

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