Ready to take the family camping this summer to experience sleeping on the hard ground, applying alternating layers of bug juice and sunscreen and rising early to make coffee on a two-burner gas stove? The Los Angeles Athletic Club Hotel says it doesn't have to be that way.
The boutique hotel at 431 W. 7th St. in downtown L.A. offers an Urban Camping Package that's all about the Great Indoors. This isn't remotely close to camping but rather a stylized visit to the land of tents and campfires.
Designer Jim Tanner decked out one of the hotel's nine suites as a "luxury campsite" that includes a tented king-sized bed, a tepee filled with throw pillows, an electric fondue set to make upscale s'mores and decorations such as saddles, animal throws and "cow poke" art. Oh, and there's a survival kit with Champagne and trail mix.
Miss the ghost stories? "Friday the 13th" and other movies will send you hiding under the covers of your cushy un-sleeping bag.