If your idea of hospitality means a free continental breakfast, you’re living in the past. In the last couple years, programs focused around health, fitness, and wellness have grown exponentially in hotels across the country. They’re taking note of their health-conscious guests and churning out more health and wellness resources in order to stand out from competitors.
To up their health game, hotels have started adding additional amenities such as different flooring, air purification filters, restaurant menus, equipment in fitness centers, health concierges, affiliations with local spas and other health businesses, in-room entertainment content, special classes, and even laundry treatments for linens. Whether you’re traveling for business or pleasure, these hotels would be wellness-friendly options to consider before booking your next room.
A health-based sanctuary, EVEN Hotel will hook you up with all of your wellness needs. At any of their nine-plus accomodations in New York, Nebraska, Seattle, and more, you don’t even need to leave your hotel room to get an intensive workout in—thanks to the hotel’s in-room fitness zone, equipped with workout videos. If you want to leave your room, the state-of-the-art gym is open 24 hours a day and has all of the free weights, cardio machines, and group fitness activities that your heart desires. All of EVEN’s beds come with Beautyrest mattresses and natural eucalyptus linens and the showers are spa-inspired. Their latest stop will be in Pittsburgh, where their much-anticipated opening is slated for January 2019. If the fitness and relaxation there isn’t enough, head on over to their restaurant—Cork and Kale—for grab-and-go smoothies, customizable wraps, and even organic cocktails.
The W Hotels
W Hotels are a luxury chain owned by Marriott, but they’re offering some pretty localized opportunities to get healthy. For instance, The W in Boston partnered up with the Handstand app and Massachusetts-based fitness mogul Reebok to bring you personal trainers who specifically cater to your workout needs. Just download the Handstand app, take a quick survey, and a trainer will show up at your door with all of the equipment you need — kickboxing, yoga, CrossFit, or whatever else is your workout jam. They’ll host the workout in your hotel room or you can head to the hotel gym, the Common, or any other venue of your choice in order to maximize your workout. For an extra fee, you can also get some swanky Reebok gear to complete your workout in, delivered to your door within 30 minutes of check-in. Additionally, you can hit a group workout sesh any day of the week, with options ranging from “Travel Body Sculpt” to “Pre Brunch Burn.”
Equinox gyms are known for their challenging workout classes, personal trainers who will push you to your limits, and, of course, luxurious amenities — weights, cardio equipment, pools, a room just for stretching, a spa, you name it. It’s almost too good to be true that they’re opening that same experience in hotel form. The flagship hotel will be in New York City, scheduled to open in 2019 and containing Equinox’s largest gym to date (60,000 square feet!). This Equinox Hotel will be in good company with another slated for Chicago’s West Loop neighborhood, on the southeast corner of Randolph and Halsted. Construction in Chicago will start mid-2019, and Chicago developer Related Midwest is expected to complete the 165-room hotel, 370 apartments, and, of course, the Equinox gym by mid-2021. Plus, a Frank Gehry-designed hotel in Los Angeles is scheduled to open in late-2021.
Renaissance Pittsburgh Hotel
In the year 2018, we spend a lot of time with our technology, especially our mobile devices. Want to unplug and spend a weekend outside sans blue light? The Renaissance Pittsburgh has the hook-up! If you sign up for their Digital Detox Getaway package, your devices will be locked away, your TV and iPod docking station will be removed from your room, and you’ll dedicate your undivided attention to getting active outside all weekend. You’ll also receive complimentary vouchers for your choice of outdoor activities, such as biking or kayaking Pittsburgh’s three rivers. The Renaissance even throws in an instant Polaroid camera so you can capture the moments while you’re detoxing from your devices.
The Ritz-Carlton Georgetown, Washington DC
This Ritz, located in a red brick industrial building in the epicenter of Georgetown, was renovated last year to include 13 Wellness Rooms. These rooms focus around three elements of wellness: comfort, relaxation, and fitness. In terms of fitness, you’ll have access to yoga mats in your room, and you’ll be on the same floor as the state-of-the-art fitness center, equipped with all the cardiovascular and strength equipment that you need to crush your workout. In terms of comfort and relaxation, not only can you treat yourself at the newly renovated spa—which features a relaxation room, steam room, and sauna—but also in your own room, which features aromatherapy bath salts, shower heads delivering water-infused with Vitamin C (to boost the immune system), desk wellness balls, noise-canceling machines, air purifiers, sleeping masks, and earbuds.
Park MGM, MGM Grand, and The Mirage, Las Vegas
Whatever the opposite of a night out in Vegas is, that’s what a stay in the Stay Well rooms is at the Park MGM, MGM Grand, and The Mirage. Even if you do have a crazy night out, staying the night in one of these hotel rooms would be a pretty awesome way to recuperate, and the technology used in the rooms will be just as crazy as your night. You’ll see, firsthand, the approaches—developed by Delos, the Cleveland Clinic, and Dr. Deepak Chopra—to counteract the impact of traveling (or a night out) in your rooms: a dawn simulator aims to minimize jet lag and sleep disruption, a shower infuser that reduces chlorine in the water, and non-toxic products and UV lighting that reduce bacteria and viruses. If you’re still tired, you can download the mobile app associated with these rooms for a jet lag tool and guided meditation program.
The James, New York City
The James in New York City keeps its fitness game very fresh and seasonal. The rooftop is not only known for its cocktail views but also for its twice-weekly yoga classes in the summer. The classes are part of their Urban Athlete program, which gives you plenty of workout options to choose from depending on what types of workouts you like to do. Some of your choices include rental bikes for street cycling, workout sessions with celeb personal trainer Oscar Smith, and a four-mile guided running tour, which points out cultural and historical landmarks on the go. Also, in the spirit of being seasonal, additional fun workouts are added in depending on the time of the year, like the ProForm stationary bikes you can ride during Tour de France season to make you feel like you’re the real deal cyclist.
Hotel Zetta, San Francisco
Just like many of the other hotels on this list, Hotel Zetta has some seriously advanced wellness rooms. In partnership with Well + Away, they launched five Enlightened Rooms to support their guests’ health and fitness. These rooms are loaded with in-room, high-tech features such as environmentally-friendly mattresses and bed linens, a hot and cool air purifier, meditation headbands and cushions, organic tampons, complimentary organic and local snacks, and now even a new Peloton stationary bike with 24-hour guest access. You’ll also receive access to any of the studio cycling classes. Outside of your room, the hotel hosts fitness classes, yoga and mindfulness classes, panels, and pop-ups with Well + Away. In this modern hotel, you’ll also find that the lobby lounge is connected to the game room and has its own virtual reality zone.
Gansevoort Meatpacking, New York City
Outside or inside, the stylish Gansevoort Hotel in the Meatpacking District leaves your workout entirely up to you. If you opt to sweat indoors, there’s an on-site Exhale Spa with Core Fusion barre and yoga classes. Plus, you can live in luxury and hit the spa after your workout. If you head outside, the hotel provides stylish bikes and helmets for riding alongside the High Line. Thirsty afterward? Juice Press, a favorite spot among locals, stocks their fresh juices to help you fight off any fatigue or illness you may have picked up while traveling.
Westin has been leading the charge for traveling health nuts, especially for runners. As a part of the RunWestin program, which was developed in partnership with New Balance, you can hit the streets with like-minded traveling runners and a Run Concierge who knows the best of the neighborhood’s running routes like the back of their hand. If you’re more of solo runner, no worries. The hotels also have maps of the routes available so you can head out the door by yourself. If you’re not a runner or you feel like literally rolling out of your bed to workout, you can book a “WestinWorkout Room”, which comes with a treadmill or stationary bike, dumbbells, fitness DVDs, resistance bands, and stability balls right in your room. Maybe the best part of working out on your trip at a Westin hotel is that they provide you with fresh and stylish New Balance workout gear and sneakers, so you can lighten the load in your suitcase when packing for your trip. After your workout, refuel with an on-site nutritionist and an MD-developed superfoods menu.
Fairmont Scottsdale Princess
If you love a great fitness class, you will be in heaven at the Fairmont Scottsdale. Take your pick of any activity from Pilates to cycling, body sculpting, Zumba, TRX, or aerial yoga. The hotel also offers a range in levels of classes, from beginners to seasoned athletes. If you’re more of a traditionalist in terms of how you like to sweat, you can head to the hotel’s state-of-the-art fitness center. No matter what type of workout you decide to do, make sure you take a dip among the palm trees in the Fairmont’s deluxe, sparkling pool.
Four Seasons, Westlake Village
The Four Seasons Westlake Village, located just north of Los Angeles, is the perfect place to stay for a week’s retreat from life. The hotel really focuses on overall well-being, featuring a full menu of medical and spa treatments provided by the California Health & Longevity Institute. There’s also a medical clinic with a dermatology center and a medical laboratory — where you can consult with on-site doctors, nutritionists, and personal trainers who will help you with ways to feel your healthiest. In addition to the wellness features, there’s a whole slew of fitness options you can take advantage of. Sign up for their four-day Signature Retreat—in which experts will show you the ropes to live your healthiest through organic meals, lifestyle workshops, expert health assessments, mindfulness, yoga, and more. Up for an adventure in the mountains instead? The hotel will provide you with bikes or guide you on a hike so you can visit local trails around Malibu Creek State Park or in the beautiful, surrounding Conejo Valley.