Hotels change the way you work out on the road (WTOP's Rachel Nania)
WASHINGTON — This summer, travelers will discover hotel amenities that surpass individually packaged hand soaps and high-speed internet.
A growing number of U.S. hotels are broadening their wellness programs beyond the traditional four-walled fitness center, offering guests everything from rooftop yoga classes to running coaches, loaner bikes and crossfit equipment.
“People are not working out the same way that they did even five years ago — certainly not 10 years ago,” said Ryan Crabbe, senior director of Global Wellness for Hilton Worldwide.
Nowadays, travelers prize outdoor adventures over indoor treadmills and convenience over confined workout centers.
Here are nine trends that are redefining what it means to work out while on the road.
A room with a view — and a gym
At Hilton McLean Tysons Corner, there’s no need to rush down to the gym to squeeze in your morning workout. A handful of rooms in the Northern Virginia hotel come equipped with their own personal gyms — complete with a stationary bike, a meditation chair, a yoga mat and a dynamic GymRax training station for core, strength and high-intensity interval training workouts.
“A lot of our customers have very busy, very predictable travel schedules, and they all end up in the fitness center at roughly the same time,” said Ryan Crabbe, senior director of Global Wellness for Hilton Worldwide.
With the in-room gyms, there’s no competition over the hotel’s equipment. Guests can expect to pay about $45 more per night for a “Five Feet to Fitness Room,” and the concept will soon expand to other Hilton hotels in cities such as San Diego, Austin, Chicago and New York.
“Wellness is continuing to gain, not as a trend, but as a lifestyle,” Crabbe added.
(Photo Courtesy Hilton Hotels & Resorts)
Courtesy Hilton Hotels
Running routes, clubs and coaches
Runners are no longer confined to the treadmill when they travel. A number of hotels now offer customized running maps of nearby roads and trails for their guests.
Westin Hotels and Resorts even has a run concierge, who organizes group hotel runs and has been known to keep a stock of spare shoes, should you forget your own. The James Hotels in New York offers guests the opportunity to book a 4.28-mile guided running tour of New York’s Soho neighborhood and its nearby cultural attractions.
Yoga in the sun, not the studio
At D.C.’s Embassy Row Hotel, guests don’t have to travel too far to get in a yoga workout — they just need to get to the roof. On Saturdays and Sundays, the hotel hosts rooftop yoga from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. The classes are free for hotel guests and $19 for locals.
Bike the city
Guests at The Ritz-Carlton Georgetown have access to the hotel’s complimentary fleet of custom bikes between the hours of 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Kimpton offers guests complimentary loaner bikes at all of its boutique hotels.
(Photo courtesy The Ritz-Carlton Georgetown)
Courtesy The Ritz-Carlton Georgetown
Learning in luxury
Those who want to learn about healthy living from the experts can do so in style at the Mandarin Oriental in D.C. Every few months, the hotel teams up with professionals at the Mayo Clinic for daylong seminars that feature physician-led sessions, small group activities, healthy cuisine and a personalized wellness plan — plus overnight accommodations.
SoulCycle where you sleep
Whether you’re talking about SoulCycle, Orange Theory or Solidcore, one thing is for sure: Boutique fitness studios are all the rage, and even hotels want in on the action. Inside 1 Hotel South Beach in Miami, guests will find a new 2,600-square-foot, 54-bike SoulCycle studio. The hotel is also home to a Spartan Gym, a crossfit-type of training gym that is free to hotel guests and members-only for the public.
Classes in the community
At the Charlotte Marriott City Center, guests have access to a 24-hour fitness center, local running and bike routes, and more than 600 on-demand workouts and virtual classes. The hotel also offers discounts to barre, yoga and boot camp classes at partnering studios in the community.
Building a brand on wellness
At Even Hotels, wellness is incorporated into every aspect of the experience. Rooms have built-in training zones, fitness centers host group classes, and dining options include healthy, organic dishes that can be tailored to specific diets. The hotel has locations in Times Square; Brooklyn; Norwalk, Connecticut; and Rockville, Maryland.
Stay fit when you fly
Now, you can grab a quick workout before you even get to your destination, thanks to the addition of yoga rooms and workout facilities in airports across the world. In the U.S., Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport has a free yoga studio and a walking path for travelers, and the San Francisco International Airport has a 24-hour free yoga studio.
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