LA’s Oldest Private Club Reopens With A Contemporary Renovation

The city's first club is offering a strikingly contemporary approach to health with the completion of a $10M renovation.


Established in 1880, The Los Angeles Athletic Club has been operating out of its building at the corner of 7th and Olive Streets in DTLA since 1912. The Beaux-Arts style structure was the first on the West Coast to have a pool 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 healthoriented juice bar and poolside restaurant – PLUNGE CAFÉ.

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Open to Club members, guests, and wedding parties, 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.

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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.

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