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The 12 Best Hotel Gyms in the United States

Gone: The days of treadmills shoved into ugly hotel closets. Here: The hotel gym you wish you could take home.

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Gone: The days of treadmills shoved into ugly hotel closets. Here: The hotel gym you wish you could take home.

When Equinox Holdings launches its first-ever hotel in 2018 on the far west side of Manhattan, it will be the largest fitness brand to branch out directly into the hotel business. It’s an interesting move, but Equinox is just hopping on a bandwagon: Many hotels are partnering with fitness brands to upgrade their workout facilities. While hitting urban trails or bike shares is usually a better option, humidity, time constraints, and freezing temps can make getting outside a hard call. But don’t sweat it, fit travelers, here’s where to check in.

The Hotel at the Los Angeles Athletic Club, Los Angeles

(Courtesy of Los Angeles Athletic Club)

One of L.A.’s premier gyms went down the road Equinox is now setting off on and opened a 72-room hotel above its massive (80,000-square-foot) workout facilities in newly cool downtown Los Angeles. The gym is a training ground for past and current Olympic contenders, who come for the yoga program, squash courts, indoor Olympic pool, and personal training. 

Le Parker Meridien, New York City

(Le Parker Meridien)

The 15,000-square-foot workout facilities at this Midtown hotel are the work of Gravity, a brand that aims to be tough and luxurious, functional and design forward. The gym has more than 20,000 pounds to lift, push, and move; top-notch trainers; and a packed schedule of classes six days a week, ranging from Body Shred Bootcamp to the CrossFit-inspired Cross X. Its signature offering is called the Quickie, a 30-minute full-body workout on a nine-machine circuit. Upstairs, the rooftop pool offers views of Central Park.

Whitney Peak Hotel, Reno

(Jeremy Fukunaga/Whitney Peak Hot)

The world’s tallest climbing wall (they say) is in this new hotel (Reno’s only nongaming hotel) in the heart of downtown. The 164-foot-high outdoor climbing wall complements the 7,000-square-foot indoor bouldering park with more than 3,200 square feet of climbable space. The equipment and staff can accommodate families of first-timers or highly experienced climbers. The BaseCamp gym includes the usual gym equipment, plus a slackline and a roster of interesting classes ranging from acro-yoga to a superhero-themed workout.

Loews Atlanta Hotel, Atlanta

(Courtesy of Loews Atlanta Hotel)

Exhale gyms are known for their tough classes, beautiful studios, and extensive spa services—and nearly half of them are in hotels. Among the standouts is this one in midtown Atlanta, which occupies nearly 10,000 square feet. In addition to a packed schedule of yoga, Core Fusion, HIIT, boot camp, and cycling classes is a large gym with top-of-the-line cardio and weight equipment, plus a hammam, sauna, and steam rooms for post-workout recovery.

Fontainebleau Miami Beach, Miami

Fontainebleau Hotel
(Moris Moreno/Fontainebleau Hotel)

In addition to all the usual fitness tools—in a 5,800-square-foot facility with huge windows overlooking the pool—the gym here features the new high-tech TRAZER interactive training system. Essentially, you run around as if playing a particularly active Wii game while you’re strapped into cables that provide resistance in every direction. Trainers might add TRX bands, medicine balls, or dumbbells to the video game. Check out a demonstration here.

Radisson Blu Aqua, Chicago

(Courtesy of Radisson Blu Aqua Ho)

In summer, guests have access to an 80,000-square-foot “lifestyle garden” with a 1/5-mile running track, dedicated yoga space, and 25-yard lap pool. Since summer in Chicago doesn’t last very long, the Radisson Blu Aqua also has an indoor gym with state-of-the-art cardio and weight equipment, a basketball court, a spinning studio and—earning the Aqua in the hotel’s name—an indoor swimming pool. 

Hilton Anatole, Dallas 

(Courtesy of Hilton Anatole)

The Verandah Club at the Hilton Anatole encompasses 80,000 square feet and is filled with cardio machines with 15-inch TVs; studios for Spinning, barre, and other classes; a vast array of weights; a Kenesis room, a boxing gym, and racquetball and squash courts; and a 25-meter lap pool. The seven-acre park outside offers a quarter-mile cushioned running track, tennis courts, and a full basketball court. The club recently added a spa to help you recover. 

The Houstonian Hotel, Club, and Spa, Houston

(Courtesy of the Houstonian Hotel)

Guests at this hotel have access to the fitness center of one of the toniest clubs in Houston and its 300-plus cardio and strength machines, staff of exercise and nutrition specialists, indoor running tracks, tennis and racquetball courts, pool, yoga studio, massively tricked-out Pilates and Gyrotonic studio, new room for TRX and Kineses Omega classes, and a full roster of cutting-edge classes like HIIT & Run, Get Ripped & Ride, and the women-only dance class Sensuale.

The Grand Hotel, Minneapolis

(Courtesy of the Grand Hotel)

The size of the gym at this boutique hotel is all out of whack with the size of the 140-room hotel. The Grand’s Life Time Athletic Club has 58,000 square feet of floor space, which includes a fitness floor with cardio and weight equipment; boxing, cycling, and aerobics studios; a running track; racquetball, handball, and squash courts; and an indoor six-lane lap pool. There’s a full roster of group classes. Private training, Pilates, and yoga are easily arranged. 

The Ritz-Carlton Boston Common, Boston

(Courtesy of the Ritz-Carlton, Boston Commons)

There’s already a spectacular Equinox gym at this luxury hotel in downtown Boston. Ritz-Carlton guests can take advantage of 114,000 square feet of workout-focused space, including state-of-the-art equipment, a full basketball court, four international squash courts, studios for classes from boxing to barre, and a 25-yard indoor pool. Group fitness fans, rejoice: There are more than 100 classes every week. 

Hotel Bellevue, Seattle

(Hotel Bellevue)

A running track circles the mezzanine around the full-size basketball court. That’s just the beginning at the 200,000 square foot mega-gym at the Hotel Bellevue, an “urban retreat” just 20 minutes from central Seattle. There are also four weight and cardio rooms, a Pilates studio with reformers and cadillacs, three swimming pools, 10 indoor and outdoor tennis courts, tons of classes, and open-play games of basketball, pickleball, and badminton. 

Marriott Marquis, Washington, DC

(Courtesy of Marriott Marquis)

When this hotel opened last year, it became home to the city’s largest hotel gym. The 24-hour fitness facilities house 49 pieces of Technogym cardio equipment, which work with that company’s Mywellness program (including tailored workouts and training history) and have interactive touchscreens that can take guests on, say, a virtual running tour of London. There are also 34 pieces of strength and functional training equipment, plus trainers on hand to help you figure them all out.

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San Marcos, Texas

Billed as the world’s toughest canoe race, the Texas Water Safari, held each June, is a four-day, 260-mile jaunt from the headwaters of the San Marcos River northeast of San Antonio to the small shrimping town of Seadrift on the Gulf Coast. There’s no prize money—just bragging rights for the winner. Any boat without a motor is allowed, and you’ll have to carry your own equipment and overnight gear. Food and water are provided at aid stations along the way. Entry fees start at $175 and increase as race day approaches.

The Ring

(Courtesy Quatro Hubbard)

Strasburg, Virginia

The Ring is a 71-mile trail running race in early September along the entire length of Virginia’s rough and rocky Massanutten Trail loop. To qualify, you need to have run a 50- or 100-mile race before the event and win a spot through the lottery system. Entry is free. Complete the run and you’ll become part of the tight-knit Fellowship of the Ring and be eligible for the Reverse Ring, which entails running the trail backwards in the middle of winter.


(David Silver)

Santa Fe, New Mexico

Each spring, competitors gather in Santa Fe’s historic plaza with a simple goal: be the first to reach 12,308-foot Deception Peak, 17 miles and 5,000 feet of elevation gain away. Competitors run or bike the first 15 miles to the local ski area before transitioning to their waiting ski-touring setups for the final push to the top. Time stops only when they’ve skied back down to the tailgate in the resort’s parking lot, which is funded by the modest entry fee of around $25. To add to the sufferfest, some participants sign up for the Expedition category, in which they strap their skis, skins, boots, and poles to their bikes for the long ride up. Start dates vary depending on snow conditions, but look for the event page to be posted on Facebook in late March or early April.