Unless you’ve got Jedi-like will power, good luck sticking to your fitness goals while on the road. Traveling is often about splurging, letting loose, and treating yourself. But for the truly fitness minded, a week away from the gym sounds like pure stress, which is actually the opposite of how a vacation is meant to make you feel. To help ease your anxiety, these hotels brands have fitness baked into their design concepts, helping you to stick to your goals while away from home.
This new-ish brand concept from InterContinental Hotels Group is for fitness travelers who have serious health and wellness goals. EVEN Hotels makes it easy to stay on track. Not only do their fitness centers go beyond the rinky-dink hotel gyms with a rackety treadmill and mismatched weights, but their in-room design is complete with cork flooring, personal training equipment, and fitness videos.
Menus at EVEN’s Cork & Kale restaurants are designed with all types of diets in mind, whether you’re counting macros, going gluten-free, or subscribe to any sort of “itarian” lifestyle, with menu items labeled as super foods, vegan, under 426 calories, with 20 grams of protein, and more. Find EVEN Hotels in five locations in New York City (including Brooklyn); Norwalk, CT; Rockville, MD, and Omaha, NE, with more slated to open down the line.
Starwood’s upper class hotel brand, Westin, has developed its signature Westin Wellness program to help you maintain (and enhance) your current routine. The brand partners with New Balance to provide a Gear Lending program: For a $5 fee (or currency equivalent), the hotels network delivers workout shoes and fitness clothing to your room. (All clothing is immediately laundered after use, insoles in sneakers are replaced, and the socks are yours to keep)
Westin also has its own Run Concierge, who has scoped out the best 3- and 5-mile running routes in the area around the hotel. On top of that, Westin has 24/7 fitness studios and FitStar Premium, an app-based guide chock full of video workouts that you can do in your hotel room. Some Westins even have the option of booking a guest room with a treadmill or stationary bike. Basically Westin tries to eliminate every excuse in the book for missing your workout, so if you do, it’s entirely on you.
The ultra-sleek, uber-sexy, high-powered gym giant Equinox is expanding its brand into hospitality. The high-end fitness facility is going to launch its first in a series of hotel brands, targeting the same type of high-powered clientele that frequents its health and wellness powerhouses.
The first to open will be a hotel in New York’s Hudson Yards district. Membership is not required, though guests who are members of Equinox gyms will be entitled to certain privileges. The club at the Hudson Yards hotel is slated to be the largest Equinox ever built, spanning more than 60,000 square feet with both indoor and outdoor space and pools. There will also be a spa, and, of course, hotel rooms.
The trendy Standard Hotels chain is helping its already-slender-and-sexy clientele stay that way with the addition of Peloton bikes at properties across the country. The stationary bikes have personal screens for streaming spin classes from an on-demand library. Classes can be chosen by length, level, and instructor. Currently the bikes are available at The Standard Spa in Miami, the Standard in Downtown Los Angeles, and The Standard, High Line in New York.
Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott
Guests of Fairfield Inn & Suites’ more than 800 worldwide locations have access to the brand’s partnership with Life Time Fitness, which offers nutrition tips and training videos in the Fairfield fitness centers. The centers are all open 24/7. Guests also have free access to any Life Time club (one of the best gyms) for 7 days following their stay, and will receive an additional $150 in LT Bucks if they choose to become a member of the clubs.
Similar to Westin, Fairmont has also teamed up with an athletic apparel giant: Reebok. For travelers who want to pack light, Fairmont Fit provides Reebok workout clothing, footwear, a yoga mat, and resistance band, all of which is delivered directly to your room upon request, for free as long as you return them on your way out. The clothing includes a T-shirt, shorts for men, capris for women, and sneakers. Most Fairmont locations also offer running maps of the best paths near your hotel.
The James Hotels
Both the New York and Chicago locations of The James Hotel have teamed up with Chaise Fitness to provide four 20-minute in-room workout videos called ReinventYOU. The full-body workouts blend Pilates with strength training and are available for a 30-day streaming period for $22.95.