A Rundown of Top US Hotel Gyms

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One of the first amenities that I look at when booking a hotel is their spa and workout facilities. With the extra calories that are so often consumed while traveling, it is great to know that there is somewhere close-by to burn them off.

The majority of hotels have a fitness center, but they are often small and ill-equipped, and sometimes tucked away in a dark corner that is down right depressing! However, there are an increasing number that offer state-of-the-art equipment, fitness programs or additional amenities to inspire your workout and make your whole stay more enjoyable.

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The rooftop pool at the Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel Chicago.

The rooftop pool at the Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel Chicago.

Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel Chicago: Opened just last November, this hotel is located on the first 18 floors of the 81-story Aqua tower and is an exercise-lover’s dream thanks to a landscaped 80,000-square-foot modern lifestyle outdoor garden, which features a 1/5-mile running track, sundeck, fire pits, cabanas, dedicated yoga space, 25-yard lap pool, wading pool and hot tub. Inside, there is an 8,000-square-foot state-of-the-art fitness center for cardio or weight training, and basketball court, spinning facility and indoor swimming pool.


The pool at the Hilton Anatole in Dallas.

The pool at the Hilton Anatole in Dallas.

Hilton Anatole, Dallas: Located in Dallas’ green district amidst 45 acres of greenery, the Hilton Anatole makes the most of the open-air space with a ¼-mile jogging trail, outdoor pool, spa, fitness center and tennis courts. Guests can use the Verandah Club for a fee of $16 (which drops the longer you stay) and includes an array of exercise options, such as cardio and strength training, full court basketball court, racquetball and squash courts, boxing gym, Kinesis and spinning room.


Guest at the Hyatt Century City have access to Equinox Fitness.

Guest at the Hyatt Century City have access to Equinox Fitness.

Hyatt Regency Century Plaza: Located in the Century City area of Los Angeles close to Beverly Hills, the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza has the benefit of being partnered with the adjoining Equinox Fitness Club, which is a flagship VIP location. Guests have access to the normally members-only gym for a daily fee of $22 and have access to a wide range of high level group fitness classes such as Spinning, yoga, kettlebell, PowerSculpt, Pilates and interval circuit training. There is also an expansive workout floor with state-of-the-art cardio and strength equipment, free weights and fitness tools and eucalyptus-infused workout towels. The  locker rooms each feature two large Jacuzzis, steam and sauna, and the rooftop pool is perfect for swimming laps as well as sunbathing. For guests who prefer to workout outdoors, the hotel provides a running map of the area.


The Grand Minneapolis offers access to Lifetime Fitness Athletic Club to guests free of charge.

The Grand Minneapolis offers access to Lifetime Fitness Athletic Club to guests free of charge.

The Grand Minneapolis: Kimpton hotel’s are renown for their focus on health and fitness, but The Grand in Minneapolis takes it to a superior level by offering guests complimentary access to the Minneapolis Lifetime Fitness Club, a 58,000 square feet facility that is located inside the hotel. It features an indoor six-lane lap pool, fitness floor with high-tech cardio, boxing, cycling and aerobics studios, a running track, gymnasium, racquetball, handball and squash courts, group classes, and personal training for strength, yoga or Pilates (for an added fee).


 Guests at the Atlanta Marriott Perimeter Center can use the Concourse Athletic Club.

Guests at the Atlanta Marriott Perimeter Center can use the Concourse Athletic Club.

Atlanta Marriott Perimeter Center: Counterbalance the rich cuisine of the South with a calorie-blasting workout at the nearby Concourse Athletic Club, where guests can visit for a fee (or download a one-time trial pass) and is less than a mile from the hotel. The club features a wide range of classes to challenge your body and brain such as Zumba, TurboKick, Aqua Fusion and Cardio CorePole. There is also TRX training, basketball, squash and raquetball courts, Atlanta’s only heated, saline outdoor pool as well as an indoor pool, and triathlon training.


The fitness center at the SLS Hotel in Beverly Hills

The fitness center at the SLS Hotel in Beverly Hills is packed with Technogym equipment.

SLS Beverly Hills: Along with its eclectic restaurant, The Bazaar, the SLS has an impressive fitness center that even attracts professional trainers. Fitted with Technogym cardio & weight training equipment and a Technogym Kinesis wall – with rotating loops and cables attached to weights – the 2,500-square-foot room makes the most of every inch of space. Cardio machines each have a personal plasma television/music options to keep you entertained, and a resident trainer is on hand for expert advice. There are also free weights, stretching/yoga mats, Pilates ball and headphones available. Taking into account the 24-hour nature of Los Angeles, the fitness center is open all night.

SWEAT Fitness at the W New York.

SWEAT Fitness at the W New York.

 W New York: Guests at the W New York can enjoy complimentary access to the SWEAT Fitness center, where the aptly named Bod Squad will put them through their paces on training equipment including the Precor treadmill, elliptical, stationary bike, universal gym, stair climbing and strengthening machines, or wind down with a yoga or Pilates class. The fitness center is open 24 hours, so whatever your travel schedule, you can still find time to workout. Personal training is available at an extra fee, including specific pre- or post-natal exercises. After making your muscles burn, you can relax at the W signature Bliss Spa, featuring body treatments, steam showers and sauna.

Other Hotels

Guests at the Fours Seasons can visit Sports Club/LA.

Guests at the Four Seasons San Francisco can visit Sports Club/LA.

Four Seasons Hotel San Francisco: Conveniently located next to the Sports Club/LA fitness club on Market Street, guests have complimentary access to the high-end facilities and extensive group classes. Included at the luxury location is an Olympic-size swimming pool, basketball court, numerous Precor and LifeFitness cardio machines with personal TVs, and an large weight training area. Classes range from yoga and Zumba, to boxing and ballet.

There is a 40-foot rock climbing wall at the Venetian Las Vegas.

There is a 40-foot rock climbing wall at the Venetian Las Vegas.

The Venetian Las Vegas: While some people feel like the climbing up the walls just being in Las Vegas, at the Venetian Hotel you really can thanks to the 40-foot rock climbing wall located in their huge spa and fitness center. If scaling to great heights isn’t your thing, check out the extensive class schedule that includes Bosu Cardio Blast, Canyon Ranch Boot Camp, Cardio Fusion and Long & Lean Barre Workout. There are also studios for indoor cycling, yoga, dance, Pilates and Kinesis. Guests at the Venetian and the Palazzo often have fitness access included in their room rate (be sure to check with the front desk) and non-guests can use the facilities for $40 per day.

Get private martial arts training at The Mark.

Get private martial arts training at The Mark.

The Mark: A member of the Preferred Hotel Group, The Mark in New York City has a hotel gym with added punch from former national kick boxing champion, Adelino DaCosta and his team of martial arts and kickboxing experts at Punch Fitness. Guests can personal training sessions in Thai boxing, boxing, kickboxing, Jiu-Jitsu, or weight training in the compact 1,400 square-foot studio.

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  • HLS

    The two hotels that I’ve been at on your list- , SLS and W NYC have TERRIBLE gyms! Both were incredibly stuffy. The SLS gym was super busy and the W gym is in a really ugly space and doesn’t even have a bathroom attached you had to trek over to the spa (FAR) or go to your room! And the machines were nothing special and that’s all they have- I didnt see no trainer! I’ve been to many Westin’s that had nicer gyms! What about the westin diplomat in Hollywood FL?

  • Durango Homes

    Oh we’ve all been at the hotel that has a closet for a workout room. The equipment is old and I can’t workout without being 2 feet away from someone else. In comparison I’ve also had the chance to stay at the Atlanta Marriott for a convention. Sooo nice!

  • Globalmogul

    Hilton at Frankfurt airport is pretty nice too. I just spent three days there & used the gym every day….a virtual miracle!

  • DanG

    Most of these properties will now allow kids…Which is good, and bad. The Hotels that come to mind that have great facilities to me would be:
    The Intercontiental Chicago. Olympic Length Pool…Johnny Weissmuller used to train there – used to be an athletic club.
    The Four Seasons at Las Colinas, which I guess you can qualify as a resort but honestly…Really close to DFW. Not sure I’ve seen too many health clubs that match it.
    Just about every major Las Vegas based property has a decent Gym….Even the Airport has a Gym?

  • Jacob

    Sorry, but paying $22 to visit a nearby gym, even an Equinox, does not remotely qualify as being one of the “top US hotel gyms”. Come on!

  • dean

    JW in Bangkok is quite an impressive gym!! HUGE workout area, pretty big spa area, pool outside w/ deck…impressive locker room, sauna….

  • Stephen

    My favorite hotel gyms:
    Renaissance in Washington DC, near the convention center – wide variety of exercise equipment plus a steam room. Like a real fitness center.

    Intercontinental Chicago – beautiful pool area; good for lap swimmers

  • JT

    Hyatt Olive 8 in Seattle- spacious wellequipped gym, and beautiful salt water lap pool

  • Tomas Hannibal Nielsen

    Hotel Bellevue in Seattle – The place is essentially a fitness club with an attached hotel – not the other way around

  • Dkaohimaunu

    Le Parker Meridien in NYC. FULL workout gym, classes,trainers AND massage therapists. Plus a rooftop pool over looking Central Park. THIS is a complete fitness hotel facility!

  • Olivia Heartelly

    I believe any of these hotels recognize to make a space for your morning yoga workout that can help underpin the soul of your longing to enhance your physical fitness, mental and passionate well-being, and profound connectivity.

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