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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.
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.
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.
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: 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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.