No one likes to work out in a depressing basement with stuffy air and no natural light, but sometimes travelers have to take what they can get. After all, many hotel fitness centers feel like afterthoughts, with a few rusty machines crammed into a sad little rooms in forgotten corner of the hotels.
But some hotels go above and beyond to provide an appealing space for travelers to work out, with large windows overlooking the city, the mountains, even the beach!
Check out our 12 favorite hotel fitness centers with awesome views -- and don't forget to pack your workout clothes!
-- Carolina Pirola, Oyster.com
This top-notch gym doesn't only offer high-end Precor and Icarian machines with individual TVs -- it also boasts some of the most impressive views around. Imagine keeping up with your daily workout while seeing the gentle waves lap against a pristine beach on the West Coast. Doesn't sound too bad, eh? <a href="http://www.oyster.com/orange-county/hotels/the-ritz-carlton-laguna-niguel/" target="_hplink"><strong>Read our review of the Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel</strong></a>
It's surprising how many excuses our brains can make up for skipping our work-out routine, but at the Langham Place, Hong Kong, the justification "my gym is in a depressing basement with no natural light" is certainly not one of them. It has jaw-dropping views of Kowloon and the mountains, and top-notch equipment. <a href="http://www.oyster.com/hong-kong/hotels/langham-place-hong-kong/" target="_hplink"><strong>Read our review of the Langham Place, Hong Kong</strong></a>
The Beach Palace’s fitness center is small, but has modern machines and wall-to-wall, floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the serene lagoon. There’s a sun deck with loungers right outside the gym, perfect for a well-deserved snoozing session in the Caribbean breeze after the work-out. <a href="http://www.oyster.com/cancun/hotels/beach-palace/" target="_hplink"> <strong>Read our review of Beach Palace</strong></a>
The fitness center at the Intercontinental Boston is part of the Spa & Health Club, complete with a 6,000-square-foot thalassotherapy center, a 45-foot indoor heated lap pool, and a 24-hour strength-training and cardio room. The views of downtown Boston from the ellipticals, treadmills and exercise bikes are not to be missed. <a href="http://www.oyster.com/boston/hotels/intercontinental-boston/" target="_hplink"><strong>Read our review of the Intercontinental Boston</strong></a>
With stunning Downtown views and state-of-the-art Life Fitness equipment, the gym at The James is one of the most attractive fitness centers in town. It’s located on the 17th floor, and gets tons of natural light from the huge wall-to-wall windows. Guests have free access to it 24 hours a day. <a href="http://www.oyster.com/new-york-city/hotels/the-james-new-york/" target="_hplink"><strong> Read our review of The James New York</strong></a>
The Porto Bay Rio’s glass-enclosed fitness center is located on the hotel’s top floor, and has a glass ceiling that allows for striking panoramic ocean and pool views, and lots of natural light. The property is located right on one of Rio’s most famous beaches, Copacabana, which can be seen while working out in the gym. Not for those who suffer from vertigo! <a href="http://www.oyster.com/rio-de-janeiro/hotels/porto-bay-rio-internacional-hotel/" target="_hplink"> <strong>Read our review of the Porto Bay Rio Internacional Hotel</strong></a>
This gym is a notch above the rest in town -- it not only features high-end equipment and a wonderful selection of daily classes (including yoga, zumba and Pilates Mat), but also wonderful views of the Chicago River and the city’s impressive skyscrapers. The hotel also offers a 75-foot by 25-foot heated indoor pool and personal trainers. <a href="http://www.oyster.com/chicago/hotels/trump-international-hotel-and-tower-chicago/" target="_hplink"><strong> Read our review of the Trump International Hotel & Tower Chicago</strong></a>
For those who feel a natural setting is more soothing or motivating while sweating the t-shirt, the Lake Austin Spa Resort has a great surprise. The fitness center has wonderful lake views, and floor-to-ceiling windows that let in tons of natural light. However, those who want to be more in touch with nature can also take classes outdoors. <a href="http://www.oyster.com/austin/hotels/lake-austin-spa-resort/" target="_hplink"><strong>Read our review of the Lake Austin Spa Resort</strong></a>
The Marriott Copley Place is a business-oriented property and offers great amenities for those in town for work, including a great fitness center with a skylight and large windows that offer great city views. The gym has an adjacent indoor pool with a whirlpool, and massage services. <a href="http://www.oyster.com/boston/hotels/boston-marriott-copley-place/" target="_hplink"><strong>Read our review of the Boston Marriott Copley Place</strong></a>
The Pompano Beach offers great ocean views from virtually every spot in the resort, including from the fitness center. Every machine here is facing the floor-to-ceiling windows, which offer relaxing unobstructed views of the ocean and the boats bobbing off the shore. A mirrored wall helps bring the outdoors in, ensuring that there’s tons of natural light and great vistas even for those facing the opposite wall. <a href="http://www.oyster.com/bermuda/hotels/pompano-beach-club/" target="_hplink"><strong>Read our review of the Pompano Beach Club</strong></a>
The Manchester’s free, 24-hour fitness center has great equipment and a full array of services -- including a fitness concierge -- but its most attractive feature is probably the stunning views of the San Diego Bay all the way to Coronado Island and beyond. The hotel also offers maps of walking and running trails, and GPS devices for those who prefer to take the workout outdoors. <a href="http://www.oyster.com/san-diego/hotels/manchester-grand-hyatt-san-diego/" target="_hplink"><strong>Read our review of the Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego</strong></a>
The NH Calderon is known for its lovely rooftop pool, wonderful location in Eixample neighborhood, and clean rooms – but the wellness center and gym need a special mention as well. The spa facilities are small but pretty nice, and the fitness center has windows boasting outstanding city views, as well as fairly modern equipment. <a href="http://www.oyster.com/barcelona/hotels/nh-calderon/" target="_hplink"><strong>Read our review of NH Calderon</strong></a>
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