If the phrase “hotel gym” conjures up images of sad, dark spaces with a few dusty pieces of equipment, we’ve got some good news: that’s no longer the norm. Now you can find gorgeous, expansive spaces with top-of-the-line technology, creative new classes and alternative sporting experiences. So whether you’re on the road for work or for fun, go on and book a few days away at one of these 10 best hotels for fitness lovers (listed in no particular order). You may just end up going for the workouts alone.
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10 Incredible Hotel Gyms
1. The Four Seasons Resort Hualalai
Where to Find It: The Big Island, Hawaii
Why We Love It: Experience the great outdoors while you get your cardio fix at this open-air gym featuring some of the best views of the Big Island. Boutique fitness nuts: There’s also plenty of group classes, too — including spinning, Pilates, barre fusion and Bikram yoga (we suggest grabbing an all-access pass for the duration of your stay). Oh, and did we mention the 24-foot outdoor climbing wall? An instructional clinic is required, but it’s well worth the views of the Kona-Kohala coast when you reach the top. Of course, your stay won’t be complete without some seriously epic, locally inspired pampering. Count us in for the Hualalai Island Stone massage and Polynesian Niu (coconut) scrub.
Where to Find It: San Francisco, CA
Why We Love It: Guests at the W will feel like they walked into a metropolitan nightclub when they enter FIT Gym. The futuristic setting features color-changing light fixtures in the evening for a club-like atmosphere, while natural light streams in during the day from a dramatic skylight. Treadmills, bikes and other cardio machines are set up around the perimeter of the gym with modern furnishings (like a chaise to sprawl out on after a tough sprint) and a chic, self-serve juice bar in the center. Night owl? No problem. This tricked-out lounge is open 24-hours, so you can enjoy a late-night sweat session and healthy sips no matter what schedule you’re on.
Where to Find It: Philadelphia, PA
Why We Love It: Just as The Hyatt at the Bellevue has been an iconic gem in Philly’s history, its adjacent fitness center, The Sporting Club, is a landmark, too. Measuring a whopping 93,000 sq. feet in size, the real draw is the full-sized, NBA-worthy basketball court, as well as the impeccable boxing facilities that’ll have you channeling your inner Rocky for a few minutes of glory. There’s also a running track (great for speedwork), racquetball and squash courts, and, of course, a slew of typical equipment, too. And should you have forgotten some of your gear — or just want to buy something new — there’s an on-site shop filled with tons of functional (and fashionable) options.
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Where to Find It: Houston, TX
Why We Love It: The world-famous Houstonian Club & Spa is reason enough to travel to south Texas — even in the summer, when temperatures soar to daily averages over 90 degrees. The outdoor pool complies to the weather, chilled during the warmer months while heated in the winter. Indoors, you’ll find more than 300 pieces of cardio and strength training equipment, including ellipticals, recumbent bikes, step climbers, treadmills, rowers and free weights. And if you’re more of a group exerciser, never fear: There are over 200 fitness classes including Spinning, various forms of yoga, and Tai Chi, plus small, semi-private personal training sessions. Hot tip: Splurge an extra $50 per night to stay on the Concierge Floor, where you’ll then receive complimentary food, drinks and even cocktails throughout the day.
5. The Palazzo Hotel and Resort
Where to Find It: Las Vegas, NV
Why We Love It: Take a break from the crazy, bustling Strip and try on this 40-foot rock climbing wall for size, located in the Palazzo. (Guests at The Venetian Hotel have access to as well — the two are sister properties.) And like the other Canyon Ranch locations, this outpost — despite being a day spa — can grant your every wellness wish. Think: healing thermal cabins, custom-concocted baths or one of 3,000 — yes, 3,000! — pieces of cardio equipment, all which have their own TV screens and pre-sanitized headphones. If you’re unsure of where to start, get a fitness assessment from an exercise physiologist who will tailor a program to meet your specific needs. Tough weekend warriors will appreciate the club’s Kinesis studio class, designed to improve balance, flexibility and stability with resistance moves using grips, cables and weights. And if you’re looking to up your spin game, take an indoor cycling class with RealRyder bikes, which lean from side to side just like a road bike does.
Where to Find It: Miami, FL
Why We Love It: Despite being in the business-centric Downtown district, the EPIC has all the style of South Beach without the crowds. The gym — an Exhale spa outpost — boasts top-notch workouts with some of the best city views straight from the barre floor — not to mention some of the nicest instructors and best customer service in Miami. Located on a pool terrace off of the hotel’s sixteenth floor, this Exhale has the entire club’s signature classes for your endorphin-releasing pleasure, including Core Fusion Extreme, barre and Vinyasa Flow Fusion class. (And those top-notch facials and massages that Exhale is known for? Yup, available there too.)
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Where to Find It: New York City
Why We Love It: Whether you’re training for a tri or just want to unwind after a whirlwind day in Manhattan, this sun-drenched pool on the twenty-fifth story of the iconic Park Hyatt is an absolute must-see — in fact, it’s our favorite swim on this list. Underwater speakers play a curated Carnegie Hall soundtrack, courtesy of the world-famous concert hall that happens to also be across the street, so be sure to catch a performance while you’re in town. If details like that don’t have you sold, make sure to check out the hotel’s 1,845 square foot state-of-the-art fitness center that overlooks the pool. Once in your guest room, unwind from New York’s busy streets with your heated floors plus dual, spa-style showerheads. Treat yourself in the morning by ordering room service: We recommend the foie gras served with mushroom and boiled egg.
8. The Fairmont Scottsdale Princess
Where to Find It: Scottsdale, AZ
Why We Love It: You’ll feel immersed in Southwestern culture upon arriving at this Hacienda-style wellness wonderland, which houses both its spa and its fitness center. Here, you’ll find trendy, innovative fitness classes like Aerial Hammock Yoga, in addition to Pilates, Spinning, body sculpting, Zumba and TRX, all regularly featured on the schedule. The space, which features Spanish Colonial touches like open plazas with fountains, also offers spa treatments with ingredients derived from the local environment. Try the Sedona Clay Mud Mask for its purifying properties and Desert Salt Scrub to reveal smooth, glowing skin. As if your post-workout glow needed it, anyway.
9. The Ritz-Carlton Boston Common
Where to Find It: Boston, MA
Why We Love It: New York- and L.A.-based business travelers flock to the centrally located Ritz, which is adjacent to (and provides its guests access to) a sun-lit, sleek Equinox health club. Like its other branches, the Boston location of the high-end chain comes with with all its signature create comforts: an amazing, varied class schedule, an impeccable, modern aesthetic and those insanely refreshing eucalyptus towels. It’s also got a basketball court, an indoor, 25-yard lap pool and four squash courts. But the best part, perhaps, is heading over there at sunset to catch epic views of the Commons from a treadmill or stair climber. Then, grab a favorite book and chill on the outdoor patio — it’s almost always empty, even during the warmer months, and makes for a great hang-out spot.
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10. The Los Angeles Athletic Club
Where to Find It: Los Angeles, CA
The Best Feature: Yup, you read that right — the hotel itself is just one part of the state-of-the-art gym located in newly revitalized Downtown LA. Sports and fitness junkies should give this 100-plus year old athletic club, which is currently undergoing a multi-million dollar renovation, a spot on their travel bucket lists. Channel your inner LeBron James or Kerri Walsh-Jennings at the facility’s full basketball court (with an indoor track circling it), volleyball courts, squash courts, handball and racquetball courts, not to mention a pool Michael Phelps would kill to do a few laps in. Boutique fitness addicts will appreciate the wide variety of boot camp, dance and Pilates classes available. And if you need a little TLC or recovery work, meet with one of the on-site physical therapists for a form check, soft-tissue massage or a total-body refresh.