10 Top Ho­tel Gyms

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Business Traveler (USA) - - INSIDE - By Jenny Southan and Tom Ot­ley

When ho­tels of­fer in­spir­ing classes, cut­ting-edge equip­ment and views of the city, you can keep up your rou­tines and feel good about your­self

1 FOUR SEA­SONS LONDON AT CA­NARY WHARF but two, the Four Sea­sons has an car­dio ma­chines and free weights, as well as the 36,000-square-foot Vir­gin Ac­tive Ca­nary River­side Health Club (times vary) within its grounds – ask at re­cep­tion and you will be given a pass.

The high­light of the lat­ter fa­cil­ity is with views across the River Thames. You might rec­og­nize it as the pool from

Skyfall – and if it’s good enough for Bond, it’s good enough for us.

The gym has one of the largest selections of equip­ment in the City, in­clud­ing Core-Tex, Free­dom Climber, Power Plate Pro6, Ki­ne­sis sta­tions and In-Body Tracker, as well as Techn­o­gym’s Artis range. There is also a large spin­ning stu­dio and more than 90 weekly classes. Tow­els and robes are pro­vided.

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THE BERKE­LEY, LONDON

Lo­cated in Knights­bridge, the re­cently revamped Bam­ford Hay­barn spa and gym are open to mem­bers at a fee, and ho­tel guests at no cost. The chang­ing rooms are lux­u­ri­ous with thick robes and tow­els, while the 800-square over­looks Hyde Park.

The three cut­ting-edge Life Fit­ness tread­mills have TV con­soles that cre­ate in­ter­ac­tive work­outs whereby you can see your­self run­ning along roads in New Zealand or Ger­many, and the re­sis­tance gets tougher the higher and steeper the ter­rain. There are also free weights, cross train­ers, a row­ing ma­chine, bikes and vari­able re­sis­tance ma­chines.

For per­sonal train­ing, pair up with the May­bourne Group’s in-house ex­pert, Nor­bert Konja. Learn how to box or do laps in the ad­ja­cent pool, the roof of which comes off in sum­mer. Gym open 6:00 AM – 10:00 PM week­days, 7:00 AM – 9:00 PM week­ends.

the-berke­ley.co.uk 3HILTON WAR­SAW HO­TEL AND CON­VEN­TION CEN­TRE This mod­ern Holmes Place gym, lo­cated spread across 41,000 square feet, with glass walls let­ting in lots of light and with views down on to the 25-me­ter heated pool be­low.

Although open to the pub­lic, it is free for ho­tel guests and has 80 Precor and Techn­o­gym car­dio­vas­cu­lar ma­chines (some with In­ter­net con­nec­tion), plus free weights, Power Plates, a Ki­ne­sis sys­tem and TRX sus­pen­sion sta­tion, which uses your own body weight to help you train.

There are about 100 classes a week in­clud­ing power yoga, pi­lates, zumba, krav maga (a mar­tial art for self-de­fense) and spin­ning in stylish stu­dios. Per­sonal train­ers are on hand and there are pri­vate show­ers and free tow­els, along with on­site nu­tri­tion­ists, dry saunas, steam rooms and a tan­ning booth. Open 6:00 AM – 10:00 PM week­days, 9:00 AM – 9:00 PM week­ends.

holme­s­place.pl, hil­ton.com 4 KERRY HO­TEL, PUDONG, SHANG­HAI This gi­ant 64,500-square-foot “sports, well­ness and ad­ven­ture” cen­ter is one of the largest in the city, with its 32-foot Cen­tury Park. It is or­ga­nized into four ac­tiv­ity zones, in­clud­ing “Iron Man,” which al­lows prospec­tive triath­letes to com­plete their train­ing needs in one place, with spin­ning bikes and tread­mills, a Vasa kayak and swim trainer bench.

The Car­dio Zone fea­tures more than 40 Star Trac ma­chines, while Strength Cir­cuit Train­ing pro­vides a 30-minute full body work­out with weight resistant ma­chines and ten TRX sus­pen­sion set-ups. The Per­sonal Train­ing Zone, in­clud­ing a body com­bat area, is ideal for one-on-one work­outs with Kerry stu­dios host aer­o­bics, yoga (in­clud­ing hot yoga), spin­ning and Pi­lates, with eight Re­former beds. Open 24 hours.

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5 THE LAND­MARK MAN­DARIN ORI­EN­TAL, HONG KONG Carl­ton pool be­ing up­per­most, in ev­ery sense). But the Land­mark of­fers a

There is a full-size yoga stu­dio (up to 18 stu­dents per class) teach­ing tech­niques in­clud­ing hatha and ash­tanga, and an ex­ten­sively equipped pi­lates stu­dio with body trapeze/ta­ble, lad­der bar­rel, combo chair, baby arc and gy­ro­tonic pul­ley tower. (If you have to ask what all that is, then it’s time you had a pi­lates ses­sion and started to sort out those back prob­lems.)

ma­chines and weights, an 18-me­ter in­door pool and a full Ori­en­tal spa, and you can see why the Land­mark is a bench­mark for ho­tel gyms. Open 24 hours for ho­tel guests.

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PARK HY­ATT TOKYO

When it comes to gyms with a view, they don’t come much bet­ter than this. Shin­juku Park Tower (the ho­tel oc­cu­pies ceil­ing win­dows, al­low­ing you to bathe in the gen­tly puls­ing lights of the me­trop­o­lis far be­low, but in the day you can see Mount Fuji from your tread­mill.

The lux­u­ri­ous 22,600-square-foot range of Life Fit­ness weights and car­dio ma­chines. In ad­di­tion, a wide va­ri­ety of classes are sched­uled through­out the day – from t’ai chi and “good night sleep” stretch­ing to “Eazy dancercise” and high-in­ten­sity “to­tal body con­di­tion­ing.” Per­sonal train­ers can be booked too. Sep­a­rat­ing the gym from an aer­o­bics stu­dio on the other side is a 20-me­ter pool (note that tat­toos are not al­lowed). Open 6:00 AM – 10:00 PM.

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W SEOUL WALK­ER­HILL

As well as a stun­ning 16,400-square­foot spa fea­tur­ing a 20-me­ter mood-lit in­door pool with panoramic views across the Han river and city beyond, the W Seoul has a well-equipped There are more than 30 tread­mills and win­dows ad­mit lots of nat­u­ral light.

There are also free weights, a spin­ning stu­dio, yoga and pi­lates classes, and a rooftop chill-out area. Jog­gers can es­cape to the 1.2 mile course that runs through Mount Acha’s for­est, within the grounds of the ho­tel. If you need to ease your aching mus­cles, there are also funky “the­matic bath tubs” il­lu­mi­nated in dif­fer­ent col­ors in the 16,400-square-foot Away spa. Open 24 hours.

star­wood­ho­tels.com 8 RITZ-CARL­TON ABU DHABI GRAND CANAL Both guests and mem­bers can use the Ritz-Carl­ton’s 24-hour, 4,300-square-foot

gym, which is lo­cated on the ground views on to the gar­dens. The fa­cil­ity is equipped with 18 Techn­o­gym car­dio ma­chines (with iPod docks, heart rate sen­sors and ex­er­cise pro­grams), 11 strength and re­sis­tance train­ing sys­tems, Ki­ne­sis One sta­tion.

There are also two Con­cept II row­ers and Techn­o­gym’s “Arke Core Cen­tric” train­ing sys­tem, which in­volves the use of Swiss balls, foam rollers and ket­tle bells, among other things,in pre­designed rou­tines. There’s also a Smith ma­chine for weight train­ing and a bench press, with bar­bells up to 35kg and dumb­bells up to 26kg.

For a more holis­tic ap­proach, per­sonal train­ers can be booked for one-on-one ses­sions, while group classes in­clude spin­ning, cir­cuit train­ing and yoga. There is also a 17,200-square-foot out­door pool, a spa and two jog­ging tracks on the 57-acre grounds. Open 24 hours.

ritzcarl­ton.com 9 THE COS­MOPOLI­TAN OF LAS VE­GAS This huge 3,000-room ho­tel on the Las Ve­gas Strip (part of Mar­riott’s Au­to­graph one in the East­side Tower on the 15th 14th. Both are free for ho­tel guests. The 2,000-square-foot East Tower is open 24 hours and has seven Techn­o­gym weight zone, re­sis­tance and strength equip­ment and an area for stretch­ing.

The gym in the West End Tower is big­ger, at 5,250 square feet, al­low­ing for ten tread­mills and six el­lip­ti­cals, plus a “move­ment” stu­dio, spin­ning bikes, a Techn­o­gym Wave car­dio ma­chine for ton­ing glute, core and lower body mus­cles, and a Ki­ne­sis ma­chine for zero-im­pact ex­er­cise. Per­sonal train­ing ses­sions can be booked and guests can also ac­cess the prop­erty’s three out­door pools. Open 5:00 AM – 8:00 PM.

cos­mopoli­tan­lasve­gas.com 10THE PENIN­SULA NEW YORK end Penin­sula ho­tel, this 12,000-square across Man­hat­tan and lots of nat­u­ral light. There is plenty of equip­ment to choose from, in­clud­ing free weights, Swiss balls, weighted medicine balls and more than 30 Life Fit­ness ma­chines press, shoul­der press and row­ing sup­port­ive yet springy for mat work and stretch­ing.

One of the best things about this gym, though, is the ar­ray of free classes that are sched­uled (36 weekly) from as early as 7:00 AM to as late as 7:30 PM. There are many dif­fer­ent types of yoga to try restora­tive, hatha and yo­galates), as well as the likes of “car­dio sculpt” and “pulse Open 5:30 AM – 9:30 PM.

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