201 Santa Monica Blvd, Santa Monica, CA | Directions 9040134.01511 -118.4968
M-Th 5:30am-10pm, F 5:30am-9pm, Sa-Su 7am-7pm
Neighborhoods: Downtown, West LA
worth the money – Yes, it is pricey
But you know what they say, you get what you pay for
Could it be cheaper??
But then you might get the knock-off machines that make all kinds of weird noises while using them, they are broken half the time or you get the option to either hear of watch your tv, but never both at the same time.
The cleaning crew does a good job and I've never seen any dust bunnies anywhere
This gym has top of the line equipment and the latest in the market too.
Best classes too, there is something about the instructors here that I haven't found anywhere else, except the other equinox in west la, it used to be The Sports Club LA, I worked out there for eight years before it became Equinox.
I'm not so taken with the trainers
They seem to have their own special club, I have seen people completely lost and using the equipment the wrong way, and I've seen trainers passing by , seeing what's happening and not saying a word to that person, I know you are there to make money but you could, once in a while, help someone who is already paying to work out there, not to get a hernia.
Just a thought
I have hired a few of them when I had specific questions, or wanting to learn a new technique to train, they were knowledgeable and friendly, although all of them ended up telling me they were not making enough money and they made it clear they would be happy to train me outside the gym so they could get the same amount I was paying the gym in cash.
Can't blame them for trying but I go there for the equipment, working at the park, is good for fresh air only.
I'm just saying getting a trainer or a massage or a facial and hearing that person complain for half of the session about how they don't make enough money, makes me NEVER to want to hire them again.
Do you want to hear about MY money problems while you train me?? I bet NOT!
I'm not your shrink buddy, I'm your client!
They never seem to stay long enough anyway and notice I'm not naming any names.
I only name names when someone absolutely sucks!
and none of them did, I'm just pointing out what could be better.
I really enjoy the steam room and showers, they are always clean and smelling good.
I know a few people who did have stuff stolen from the locker rooms, so just be over vigilant and don't bring the jewels to the gym.
I still haven't found a gym, including Sports Club LA where your wallet won't be stolen if you leave it out there, in plain view,while you take a long,relaxing steam.
It cracks me up when people complain about the guys who work at the front desk.
They are not friendly enough etc.
My life is not that sad, that I have to make friends with the people who work at the front desk.
Only the kind of people who walk around saying everybody is their "friend", can pretend that a person who WORKS at a place you are paying money to work out at could give a care about YOU personally.
where every body knows your name, and they always glad you came...
That was a show, wasn't it?
In real life, I enjoy the equipment, I'm happy that is clean and that they are doing their job.
I've been working out at this gym since they opened and I still like it as much as I did the first day.
They keep updating the equipment and THAT is what is most important to me.
Because I already have friends...... and they don't work the front desk.
Great Experience! – I was REALLY skeptical about coming here. I was on a business trip and decided to go ahead and test my waters with this place, as there aren't of these chains where I'm stationed. I decided to go ahead buy the day pass and ended up talking to a trainer there named Dylan. I really didn't want to pay for a personal training session, I just wanted some information about how to work some of the machines. I was soooo impressed with this guy. Not a single time did he try to force me into buying a package of any sort. I was terribly worried about having to deal with a "salesman" trainer the entire time, but he made it seem like we've been friends for a while. I would highly recommend training with him if anyone is going into the area. He's definitly worth it. As for the gym itself, it was in great condition. There was no big crowd, and I rarely had to weight to use a piece of equpment. I will definitly be visiting again, and will actually buy a session if that kid is still there. Anyone who says this place is bad is probably from another market trying to dimenish the Equinox's reputation. Don't buy into that. They are worth the $25 daily pass.
Worst Corporate Chain in America - Really? – The reviewer directly below claims that Equinox is one of the "worst chains in America." Really? Given the number of people in today's Elise yoga class, it would appear that a few people would beg to differ.
Background: I joined the gym in September 2009 and have never used any of the private training or spa services. However, I regularly attend various fitness and yoga classes. This review is limited to the Santa Monica Equinox as I have not used any other facility.
Cons: You get get two hours of free parking but there are not always enough spaces (so I typically ride my bike). Some of the members can have an attitude and can be messy at times. It is more expensive than some gyms but less than Sports Club LA. Traffic is a little bit more of a problem with the reopening of Santa Monica Place.
Pros: exceptional classes (they pay their instructors more than other gyms), clean to the point of being excessive, good location, friendly staff (contrary to the opinions below), receptive management. Most members are very pleasant and I have met some very interesting people - and made a few friends as well. The men's changing room/shower facilities are pleasant and currently in the process of being upgraded. In addition, quality amenities in the shower area (eg, Kiehl's).
I do not like long contracts and requested that an addendum be added to the standard contract which allowed me to cancel after three months (instead of the standard one year). There was no problem with my addendum request, which I had the general manager sign. Incidentally, there is no chance that I will exercise my ability to cancel early. In contrast to what is stated below, I would not consider a three-month contract "signing one's soul away."
Bottom Line: The gym competes in a "premium" category and is priced accordingly. However, for me, it represents excellent value for money. I consider the classes so good that I have not considered a private trainer. If you want a cheaper facility, there is a 24 Hour Fitness around the corner (which is not open 24 hours) and you can buy a three-year membership from Costco for $449. There is also the Santa Monica "Y".
The gym really deserves a 5-star rating but because I typically disregard ratings of 1 and 5 stars, I gave it a rating of "4".
The truth hurts – Don't be fooled by all the glitter and glam. For $150 a month you are signing your soul away to one of the WORST corporate chains of america....
I'll give them this: they now have some really great equipment, but let's see some trainers who know how to use it and are willing to teach people how to use it.... correctly. Good luck on finding that. I have seen better training come from the homeless bodies on the strand... and you'll save yourself a pretty penny too.
Oh and one more thing... you pretty much have to sell your first born to get out of a contract with this place so I suggest you don't do it at all. You'll thank me in the end.
Lucky to have Jeanne – Each time I've had a massage from Jeanne, my neck and shoulder tension were gone. She is the best! They are so lucky to have her at Equinox!
Wonderful Experience – I went into Equinox, Santa Monica for the first time recently to try out their treatments and was amazed at my experience. I had a wonderful thrapist called jeanne who was friendly and listened to my concerns about my sensitive skin and gave me a facial that left my skin feeling youthful, smooth and rejuvenated. I also had an incredible massage with the same therapist to follow my facial that left me feeling relaxed and as if I had a new body afterwards. All in all a wonderful experience that I would highly recommend and will certainly going back to see Jeanne again. Thank you so much!!!
Great spa massages and facials!!! – The spa is on the top floor in a private area by the yoga studio. It is very quiet and serene. The therapists are warm, friendly and helpful. I recieved a massage and facial by Jeanne and she was awesome! I will definitely come back to see her!!!
If you are not a gym member (I am not) you get access to the gym for the entire day of your service!! my friend is a member and she recieved a member discount on the service. I thinking of joining the gym just for the spa discount!!
Wish I had seen this and all the bad reviews of Cindy! – Wish I had seen this and all the bad reviews of Cindy before I made the mistake of going to the spa at Equinox Santa Monica. Seems like a great idea, everything is all under one roof. The trainers, especially my trainer, and the classes here are amazing so I thought the spa would be good too. WRONG! Had services by Cindy who was, and there is no other way to put this, HORRIBLE! It was the worst I had ever been to and now she keeps cornering me at the club to try and get me to come up for more services. My trainer knows how awful she is and when he sees her coming he takes us in the opposite direction. I've seen the employees at the club who say she works on them and their skin and brows look awful. This is probably why they have to give such huge discounts to everyone using the spa.
I love this spa, and my new eyebrows! – Last week I decided to try a new esthetician , my skin has been acting like a child going through puberty lately. My service was done by Cyndi, who i thought was an amazing esthetician. She was so friendly and gentle with my skin... My face is still glowing from friday! I decided to go back and have her shape my brows, which I don't think I'll let anyone else wax them now. But the brows are what made me write this review, more people need to know about her waxing skills... No bumps, No redness, just fierce brows. Scheduling my next appointment as I write...
Like the gym, but had the worst facial ever by Cindy – A friend is a member so I tagged along for a workout and to use a gift certificate that was a birthday present for a facial. The workout was great and I got to meet my friend's trainer, who had made her look amazing in a very short period of time. My friend said that there was an amazing person who did facials but for some reason they refused to book me with her, the kept saying that this other person was just as good. If that was there idea of good, I'd hate to see their idea of bad. She was awful and not only that she had bad skin herself. My skin was completely irritated after the facial and she wasn't at all pleasant. I’ve been to a lot of places for facials and this place is by far the absolute worst. Think her name was Cindy or something like that. The gym itself was decent and I was thinking of joining, but sure won’t go back to this place for a facial. When I complained about it to the manager that was there I was met with an attitude of “well-isn’t-that-just-too-bad”. – update, my friend apologized, said that the person who gave her a facial is no longer there and they won’t say where she’s has gone – says that the people giving facials now are awful. So some great trainers, clean gym, awful spa. Very much a toss up as to if it will be good or not. It’s a lot of money to guess as to what it good or not instead of having all over quality.
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