A Healthier Kind of Room Service
Tred of dragging yourself to the musty hotel gym? These hotels bring the gym to you.
Business 2.0, April 2005
by Vicki Powers
All too often, hotel fitness centers are small and crowded, closed when you want to use them, or outfitted with obsolete equipment. But that's no reason to flop on the bed and order a burger and fries—not when you can ring up a workout instead. At the low-tech end of the spectrum, several national hotel chains—including Hilton, Marriott, and Omni—now offer "fit kits" for basic workouts, including resistance bands and other portable exercise gear. Hilton and Omni have also started delivering treadmills and other equipment to guests' rooms for about $15 a day. But for the true endorphin junkie, a few hotels around the country have dialed things up a notch, providing specialty rooms or programs designed to bring all the benefits of the gym to you.
Affinia Dumont, New York
In 2003 this all-suites midtown hotel retooled itself around a fitness theme, including transforming one of its two-bedroom suites into a one-bedroom with a personal gym. For rates starting at $499 a night, you get a circuit-training station, free weights, stationary bike, elliptical machine, medicine ball rack, and even your own sauna. The Dumont also offers a fitness concierge who assists guests with any workout or spa-related arrangements and information.
Westin Stamford, Stamford, Conn.
At this 457-room property in tony Fairfield County, the upscale chain has been testing a new fitness-friendly room concept that it plans to roll out nationwide this spring. For an extra $20 a night, guests can select a stationary bike or treadmill along with free weights, medicine balls, and yoga mats.
Four Seasons Hotel, San Francisco
Hitting the gym at this hotel near Union Square isn't exactly a hardship: There's a 100,000-square-foot outpost of the posh Sports Club/L.A. chain right on the fourth floor. But the hotel can also cart equipment from the club to your room or, for $81 an hour, send up one of 51 personal trainers, including aerobics, yoga, and Pilates instructors.
Topaz Hotel, Washington, D.C.
Whether your regimen is strictly meat-and-potatoes or spiced with a little curry, this Kimpton Hotels boutique near Dupont Circle has you covered: It offers seven specialty suites, so guests can choose a treadmill, stair climber, elliptical machine, recumbent exercise bike, or yoga nook outfitted with mats and mirrors.