The Best Hotel Gyms in the United States
Experience travel wellness on another level by staying at one of these fitness-minded hotels.
The hotel gym used to be an afterthought for travelers and hotels alike. It was often tucked away in a room the size of a closet, windowless and containing a few cardio machines and maybe a set of light dumbbells.
But things are changing. Many hotels are beginning to understand that health and fitness are important to more and more travelers these days. In an effort to court the growing number of fitness-minded travelers, hotels are building bigger and better gyms.
We've spent the last year researching hotel gyms. We've analyzed reviews, spoken with hotel operators, looked at countless photos, and visited many in person.
These are our picks for the best hotel gyms in the United States.
Le Parker Meridien New York
The 15,000 square foot Gravity fitness center in Midtown's Le Parker Meridien is one of the best fitness spots for visitors to New York City. Cardio machines, free weights, classes, and personal training sessions are all available for guests.
Boston Park Plaza
This 20,000 square foot Lynx Fitness Club is filled with strength training and cardio equipment to provide guests with an awesome fitness experience during their stay. The lights in the fitness center provide an "energy-filled ambiance" that is an incredible alternative to typical hotel fitness centers with fluorescent lighting.
The Hotel at Midtown - Chicago
Six levels and 575,000 square feet await travelers who prioritize health and fitness at the Hotel at Midtown. Guests have access to Crossfit and athletic performance programs on the 40-foot turf field, a fitness floor with cardio and strength equipment, three squash courts, a boxing studio, two golf simulators, a cycling studio, a basketball court, yoga and Pilates studios, four pools, and a tennis lounge with sixteen courts.
Renaissance Washington DC Downtown Hotel
Vida Fitness in the Renaissance DC Hotel is 10,000 square feet of 30 plus cardio machines, weight machines, free weights, TRX training, stretching areas, an Aura Spa, and more. VIDA Renaissance has gained a reputation as one of the most popular hotel gyms in the United States and is home to many visiting celebrities and dignitaries.
Bellevue Hotel - Philadelphia
Attached to the Bellvue Hotel by foot bridge, the Sporting Club at the Bellvue is a a 93,000-square-foot facility. Its 10,000-square-foot fitness floor has strength training equipment and cardio machines. There’s also an indoor running track, a boxing studio, a basketball court, a racquetball court, yoga and meditation rooms, and more.
1 Hotel South Beach - Miami
The South Beach Miami 1 Hotel features a Spartan Gym through a partnership with Spartan Race - the company that runs the obstacle course mud races that have become extremely popular. The 14,000 square foot facility includes obstacles, climbing ropes, monkey bars, training classes, and outdoor workout areas.
Loews Atlanta Hotel
Exhale at Loews Atlanta Hotel is 10,000 square feet and has a packed schedule of yoga, Core Fusion, HIIT, boot camp, and cycling classes. The gym contains top-of-the-line cardio and weight equipment, plus a hammam, sauna, and steam rooms for post-workout recovery.
Hilton Anatole - Dallas
The Verandah Club at the Hilton Anatole is over 80,000 square feet and is filled with cardio machines, studios for Spinning, barre, and other classes, free weights, a Kenesis room, a boxing gym, and racquetball and squash courts; and a 25-meter lap pool. There's also a seven-acre park outside that offers a quarter-mile running track, tennis courts, and a full basketball court.
The Houstonian Hotel, Club, and Spa - Houston
The Houstonian has been a pioneer in the hotel gym world, opening the 125,000 square foot Health Club back in 1980. Guests can enjoy access to 300-plus cardio and strength machines, a staff of exercise and nutrition specialists, indoor running tracks, tennis and racquetball courts, pool, yoga studio, and studios for classes.
Kimpton Alexis Hotel - Seattle
This one has been called "the best hotel gym ever" and the "most fun" hotel gym. Alexis Hotelin Seattle offers guests monkey bars, Olympic rings, kettlebells, boxes, jump ropes, and a cardio room with a mural of the Seattle skyline. The functional fitness room has a rock climbing wall so you can have some real fun while getting in your physical activity.
The Hotel at the Los Angeles Athletic Club
Guests of the Los Angeles Athletic Club have access to a 88,000 square foot fitness facility, with an indoor pool, basketball at the John R. Wooden Award Court, and squash, racquetball and handball courts. There's also plenty of cardio machines, free weights, spa, sauna, and steam room. Classes offered include yoga, Latin Fusion Dance, Cardio Hip Hop, Athletic Conditioning, Cardio Muay Thai, Hip Hop Dance, spinning and kickboxing.
Fit Gym at W San Francisco
The newly restyled 1,875 square foot Fit Gym is energy-boosting and available to guests 24 hours a day. The room is infused with natural light from a dramatic skylight ceiling and aims to meet the needs of today’s savvy travelers by reflecting a modern and dynamic approach to fitness.
The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas
There are two fitness centers at the Cosmopolitan, one in the Chelsea Tower and one in the Boulevard Tower.
The Chelsea Fitness Center is the larger of the two at over 5,000 square feet. It has twelve treadmills, six elliptical machines, upright and recumbent bikes, a movement studio, resistance strength equipment, a free weight area, tennis courts, and a Kinesis Wall.
The Boulevard Fitness Center is smaller at 2,000 square feet but, unlike Chelsea, is open 24 hours. It features a similar selection of treadmills, ellipiticals, stationary bikes, resistance strength equipment and a free weight area.
If you're planning a visit to Europe and you care about your fitness, these ten hotels must be considered. Do yourself a favor and make time to workout while you travel. Stay at one of these hotels and your experience will be all the more enjoyable.
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Cover Photo Credit: The Kimpton Alexis Hotel in Seattle