For those who are constantly in transit, a big hump to staying healthy is to find time to work out. Even if the time is there, hotel gyms can leave much to be desired. A couple of worn treadmills and a Bowflex do not a gym make.
That's not the situation everywhere, and there are some killer hotel fitness facilities out there to make any health-conscious businessman swoon. We're talking endless rows of cardio machines, pools, personal trainers, full-sized basketball courts, fitness classes and rock-climbing walls. Spa services are available for a bit of post-workout R&R. With amenities like these, there might be no reason to bother joining a gym back home.
Hyatt at the Bellevue, Philadelphia
Guests of the <a href="http://www.philadelphia.bellevue.hyatt.com/hyatt/hotels/index.jsp" target="_hplink">Hyatt at the Bellevue</a> gain complimentary access to <a href="http://www.sportingclubbellevue.com/" target="_hplink">The Sporting Club at Bellevue</a>, accessible by an enclosed sky bridge. The club is home to 93,000 feet of strength and cardio equipment, an indoor running track, racquetball and squash courts, a full-size basketball court, a pilates studio and boxing room. Personal training and group fitness classes are available. Wind down after a workout with whirlpools, steam rooms, saunas, yoga and meditation rooms, spa services and tanning. Or, stop for a refreshing sip at the juice bar.
The Ritz-Carlton, Washington, D.C.
<a href="http://www.ritzcarlton.com/en/Properties/WashingtonDC/Default.htm" target="_hplink">Washington's Ritz-Carlton</a> offers direct access to The Sports Club/LA, and for $15 a day guests have full access to the club's amenities. This includes 100,000 square feet of fitness machines, a basketball court, four squash courts, a lap pool, boxing area and more than 100 weekly classes ranging from Afro-Brazilian dance to gentle yoga. The spa offers a full range of services and The Blu Café dishes up a health-conscious menu throughout the day. <a href="http://www.ritzcarlton.com/en/Properties/BostonCommon/Default.htm" target="_hplink">The Ritz-Carlton Boston Common</a> also has The Sports Club/LA facilities.
Gansevoort, Miami Beach
Located in sizzling South Beach, <a href="http://www.gansevoortmiamibeach.com/" target="_hplink">the Gansevoort</a> is the perfect place to feel the burn in MIA. The hotel's David Barton Gym has the largest gym floor on the beach, with two floors of cardio machines and free weights. Private training is available, as are yoga, boxing, Krav Maga and cycling classes. All of this is set to the soundtrack of live sets by international DJs. Only in Miami.
The Chase Park Plaza, St. Louis
Adjoining <a href="http://www.chaseparkplaza.com/" target="_hplink">The Chase Park Plaza</a> is Sante Fitness and Wellness with its 18,000 square feet of fitness facility that's complimentary to hotel guests. In addition to the typical cardio and weight training, there are individual and group classes -- more than 40 of which are 30-minute lunch hour sessions designed for travelers on a tight schedule. Afterward, freshen up with a treatment at the salon and spa.
The Houstonian Hotel, Club & Spa, Houston
Access to The Club's fitness facilities are complimentary to guests of <a href="http://www.houstonian.com/default.aspx" target="_hplink">The Houstonian Hotel</a>. At The Club, they'll find workout areas, a rock-climbing wall, a pool, indoor and outdoor tracks, racketball and tennis courts, and a wide array of fitness classes. Plus, more than 35 personal trainers are on hand for individualized attention, and nutrition services are available. Aspiring football pros can even head to this Houston hotel to participate in an NFL Draft training program. Other specialty programs include SkiFit, triathlon training, muscle activation and performance coaching.
The Los Angeles Athletic Club Hotel, Los Angeles
What better way to ensure fitness while traveling than to sleep at the fitness club. <a href="http://www.laac.com/" target="_hplink">The Los Angeles Athletic Club</a> offers 72 guestrooms and one-bedroom suites that include a full American breakfast. Guests have access to the fitness club downstairs with its cardio and weight equipment, pool, group classes and personal training or basketball, golf, squash, swim, pilates and handball training. Basketball, handball, racquetball, volleyball, and squash courts are available. There are even classes for the kids too.
Renaissance ClubSport, Orange County, California
<a href="http://www.renaissanceclubsport.com/home.do" target="_hplink">The Renaissance ClubSport's</a> 12,000 square foot fitness center boasts 90 cardio machines, most with 15- to 17-inch TV screens. Six fitness studios house more than 100 weekly group classes. Plus there's personal training, a running club, basketball court, volleyball courts, racquetball, squash and handball courts, dodgeball, badminton, pools and a kids' center. Locker rooms include steam rooms and whirlpools, and there's a full service spa on the premises. Wellness services include fitness assessments, nutritional coaching, relaxation training and wellness workshops. ClubSport also has a location in Walnut Creek, California.
The Venetian, Las Vegas
Canyon Ranch is a well-known name in healthy living, with its renowned health resorts in Arizona and Massachusetts. The Canyon Ranch experience is available in a 134,000 square-foot health-club form in Sin City at <a href="http://www.venetian.com/" target="_hplink">The Venetian</a>. Admission to The Canyon Ranch SpaClub is $40 per day or $20 with the purchase of any of the myriad spa treatments. Personal training, pilates, a rock-climbing wall and kinesis training are available to enhance the workout routine. And, there are nutrition services like diabetic meal planning, a salon, acupuncture, the Canyon Ranch Healthy Feet program devoted to foot care, a private barber suite and the Canyon Ranch Grill. It's the perfect chaser to any Vegas late-night.
Hilton Anatole, Dallas
<a href="http://www.hilton.com/en/hi/hotels/hotelpromo.jhtml?ctyhocn=DFWANHH&promo=Verandah_Club_Spa" target="_hplink">The Verandah Club & Spa</a> is a private club located at the Hilton Anatole, available to guests for a daily fee. Visitors can find cardio and strength training equipment, indoor and outdoor pools, an outdoor track, full basketball court, plus tennis, racquetball and squash courts. Services include group fitness classes, kinesis training, tennis lessons, tailored exercise regimens and a laundry service. Spa massage and skin treatments are available as well.
Affinia Hotels, New York City, Chicago, Washington, D.C.
OK, this one's not about a gym per se, but it's cool for people who don't want to leave their rooms. At <a href="http://www.affinia.com/" target="_hplink">Affinia Hotels</a>, have a complimentary exercise-themed experience kit delivered to the door. The Walking Tour Kit includes an iPod loaded with Affina's walking tour and a workout playlist plus a deck of CityWalks cards, a walking tour guidebook, a city map, pedometer and towel. The StayFit Kit carries yoga mats, blocks, fitness DVDs, workout bands and weights.