10 Top Hotel Gyms
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.