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The 10 Best Hotel Gyms in New York City

The 10 Best Hotel Gyms in New York City

You expect first class accommodations when staying in the Big Apple so why should you get anything less in a hotel gym? 

Remember when hotel gyms were just a closet with a treadmill and the loneliest dumbbells you've ever seen?

Those days are fading away.

Hotels are now racing to court fitness-minded travelers by building bigger and fancier gyms. They've realized that their guests actually care about their health and want to stay fit while they're away from home and separated from their normal fitness routines. That's good news for us.

Some hotels have done better than others at providing a top notch fitness experience and we've picked ten of the best, most unique hotel gyms in the greatest city in the world - New York City.*

Eight are in Manhattan, one is in Queens, and one is in Brooklyn. 

*Not ranked in any particular order.

Paper Factory Hotel - Long Island City

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Photo: Paper Factory Hotel

This trendy, unique hotel is located in Long Island City, Queens - just across the East River from Manhattan. It's far enough removed from the hectic pace of Midtown but close enough that you can be there in less than a half hour. 

The 24-hour gym offers tons of options for working out and has plenty space to not feel cramped. Free weights, cardio machines, and even boxing equipment are available to guests and the unique layout combined with large windows give this gym an open, high-energy feel.

Sheraton New York Times Square Hotel

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Photo: Sheraton New York Times Square

The Sheraton New York Times Square Hotel is located right in the thick of the action on Seventh Avenue. 

The 4,000 square foot fitness center is beautifully designed and has a spacious, circular layout that provides guests with plenty of room to exercise. There are tons of cardio machines available, as well as free weights (including dumbbells up to 100 pounds), strength-training machines, and private yoga classes.

The Mark Hotel - Upper East Side

The Mark Hotel is a five-star, luxury hotel located on Manhattan's Upper East Side. The hotel's fitness center reflects the high standards of the rest of the hotel and guests can expect a state-of-the-art, 1400 square foot gym with top of the line equipment. The gym features heavy dumbbells, barbells, and a squat rack for weightlifters as well as the usual compliment of cardio machines.

Marriott Marquis - Times Square

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Photo: Marriott Marquis Times Square

The Marriott Marquis Times Square occupies some prime real estate and wows guests with an open atrium lobby and a rooftop revolving restaurant and lounge.

It also has New York City's largest hotel fitness center - at over 4,000 square feet. It's glass enclosed and features treadmills, rowers, cross trainers, free weights, and machines. Score an incredible view of the center of the universe (Times Square) while you workout at the Marriott Marquis' gym. That's hard to beat.

William Vale Hotel - Williamsburg

Located across the East River from Lower Manhattan is The William Vale Hotel in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. The rooms are a bit small but they all have floor-to-ceiling windows and a balcony for an incredible view of Manhattan.

The gym is open 24 hours and has standard cardio machines, cable machines, benches, and free weights, including a solid variety of dumbbell weights. There is plenty of space, something that is often lacking in hotel gyms.

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The Standard High Line Hotel is located in Manhattan's Meatpacking District and overlooks the Hudson River. It's been described as "funky" and "hip," so it fits right in in this part of town.

The hotel's fitness center is spacious and has floor-to-ceiling windows with amazing views of Lower Manhattan and the Hudson River. It's open 24 hours and comes with state-of-the-art equipment, including elliptical machines, treadmills, Peloton bikes, yoga balls and tons of free weights.

Le Parker Meridien - Midtown

Le Park Meridien in Midtown is a fantastic place to stay when visiting New York City, with a rooftop pool and incredible views of Central Park. It's also has one of the best hotel fitness centers in the city.

The 15,000 square foot, multi-level Gravity fitness center is great for serious weight lifters, functional fitness enthusiasts, and cardio lovers.  Enjoy access to heavy dumbbells, barbells, treadmills, elliptical trainers, rowers, personal training sessions, and more.

New York Hilton Midtown

The New York Hilton Midtown is a common place to stay for business travelers coming to New York City and is pretty conventional in design and layout. It's also located only ten minutes from Times Square, so it's a solid choice for anyone visiting the big city.

Beautifully designed and spacious, the Hilton Midtown's gym boasts a ton of treadmills, cardio machines, dumbbells, and even a few barbells. Sadly, there's no squat rack. It is open 24 hours a day.

New York Marriott Downtown

The New York Marriott Downtown is located in Lower Manhattan and is a short walk from Wall Street and One World Trade Center. 

The hotel's fitness center was recently redesigned and updated. It's now over 2,000 square feet and offers treadmills, cardio machines, Smith Machines, and dumbbells. All of the cardio machines are integrated with Virtual Active Matrix technology, which allows users to be immersed in destinations like Hawaii or the Grand Canyon while working out through a video console and sounds through their headphones.

W New York - Downtown

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The W New York - Downtown is one of those chic hotels that goes the extra mile to make their guests enjoy their stay. It's located right near One World Trade Center and is surrounded by tons of good bars and restaurants.

The hotel's gym is moderately sized at 1,000 square feet. It has some pretty good views of Lower Manhattan and offers the usual cardio and weight machines. A few things make the W New York Downtown's gym stand out - there's a boxing area with a heavy bag and jump ropes.

Then there's Barre to the Bar, a 45-minute workout program that the hotel hosts on an outdoor terrace on Friday's during the summer. That's followed by cocktails at the bar - located just feet away. Not a bad way to spend a summer night in Manhattan. 

Bottom Line

Hotel gyms are usually enough to get by while you're away from home. If you're a bodybuilder or powerlifter who loves heavy barbells and Olympic-style weightlifting, you might be disappointed with most of these gyms. For the rest of us though, these ten hotel gyms in NYC are great for providing you with all of the tools you'll need to stay fit while traveling.

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