Hotel Gyms - Your recommendations

  • runnermtl

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    Apr 30, 2012 9:31 PM GMT
    Hi Guys - I thought it might be useful to put together a list of hotels in major cities that have particularly good gyms.

    I stayed at the Minto Hotel in Ottawa a few weeks ago and was really pleased with their gym.

    The Fairmont Vancouver has a pretty good one too.

    Alternatively, if you know of good hotels with bad gyms, that could be useful to know too...
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    Apr 30, 2012 10:24 PM GMT
    If you like lifting virtually every hotel gym is bad lol.

    The best combo is a desk clerk that knows the closest gym with a weekly membership icon_razz.gif
  • runnermtl

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    Apr 30, 2012 10:28 PM GMT
    Yeah that's a good point! Well if anyone knows of good weekly/daily gyms that would be helpful too. In Montreal there's a gym - La Cité, near avenue du Parc and des Pins, that's $5 after 7pm. Pretty hard to beat that value.
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    Apr 30, 2012 10:30 PM GMT
    I think there's a web site for that. Can't come up with the name right now tho icon_confused.gif Also one for gyms at or near airports.
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    Apr 30, 2012 10:33 PM GMT
    Of the places where I have stayed in Vegas:

    Planet Hollywood and MGM are adequate- dumbell racks, benches, Smith machine, and some machines.

    Flamingo's gym is actually pretty good, if small. Weights, benches, cables, and a decent selection of machines for a hotel gym- they even have a pec deck.
  • unicoman1

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    Apr 30, 2012 10:36 PM GMT
    For all those interested, The Airport Mariott in Henrietta, near rochester is a great gym from free weights ranging from 5 to 65 lbs, benches, cardio, and cable and pulley machines. Usually stocked with water and fruit and towels! Perfect. they also have pool jacuzzi, and dry sauna.
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    Apr 30, 2012 10:46 PM GMT
    Kwitcher complaining. I travel 100% for my job, last year I was home in Orlando six weekends out of the entire year. icon_eek.gif

    Hotel gyms and fitness areas vary widely, even the worst can be quite passable and you can get a good workout. icon_confused.gif

    If not, buy a PX90 and you'll never be at a loss for a good workout. icon_lol.gif

    That said, I'm going to put on some clothes (naked right now, of course) and go downstairs for a workout, at this week's Hampton Inn. icon_idea.gif
  • AirLandia

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    Apr 30, 2012 10:50 PM GMT
    NakedBudd saidHotel gyms and fitness areas vary widely, even the worst can be quite passable and you can get a good workout. . icon_idea.gif


    Working for the Airlines I literally do live in hotel rooms most of the year. I would have to agree with this statement, however some gyms are just downright depressing.
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    Apr 30, 2012 10:58 PM GMT
    Adam228 saidIf you like lifting virtually every hotel gym is bad lol.
    The best combo is a desk clerk that knows the closest gym with a weekly membership icon_razz.gif

    This is a really good idea. I'm going 2 b in Chicago 4 a week & I'm already loosing sleep over not being able 2 work-ut.
  • rafiki87

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    May 01, 2012 1:41 AM GMT
    runnermtl saidYeah that's a good point! Well if anyone knows of good weekly/daily gyms that would be helpful too. In Montreal there's a gym - La Cité, near avenue du Parc and des Pins, that's $5 after 7pm. Pretty hard to beat that value.


    and that place is cruisy as f*ck!

  • JBinSFO

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    May 01, 2012 5:06 AM GMT
    Several Four Seasons Hotels (San Francisco, Miami, maybe others) are home to SportsClubLA, an excellent chain. Some hotel chains have great gyms but charge for its use - which to me is really not cool - among them the David Barton Gym in the Gansevoort Hotel in South Beach. (Having said that - that David Barton is possibly the most beautiful and amazing gym I've ever seen in my life).

    I stayed recently at the Candlewood Suites near Times Square/Hells Kitchen area of NYC. Though the gym is small, it is acceptable especially given the relatively inexpensive rates they charge for a prime location. And day rates at NYC gyms often make them prohibitive otherwise.

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    May 01, 2012 5:22 AM GMT
    Agree that Four Seasons/Sports Club LA combos are probably your high end hotel gym experience.

    A little lower down, I'd place the Midtown Hilton in NYC. Big and spacious and relatively complete, altho the free weight selection doesn't go all that high.

    And oddly, the Holiday Inn in NYC on 57th. It has a rooftop pool -- rather rare in NYC, and a little privately owned gym in the basement that is small, but is really well run and in the typical Manhattan way, somehow jams almost all the equipment you want into a very small space, including real gym equipment (cables, free weights, etc.) and not just silly hotel style machines. I love that little place. There's even a fridge stocked with the standard pre-and post workout drinks.

    In general tho, I tend to use my travel time to explore local gyms, since your random privately run gym is usually much better equipped than your average hotel gym bunker with it's two broken treadmills, rusty universal machine, and "ladies" weights.
  • JBinSFO

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    May 01, 2012 5:24 AM GMT
    OH and of course, in West Hollywood, the Ramada has a hotel gym, but some of the rooms have a direct view into the huge 24 hour fitness across the street ;)
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    May 01, 2012 5:31 AM GMT
    JBinSFO saidOH and of course, in West Hollywood, the Ramada has a hotel gym, but some of the rooms have a direct view into the huge 24 hour fitness across the street ;)


    That Ramada gym can only be described as "ick" IMNSHO. I hate 24 Hour, but definitely cross the street when staying at that hotel.
  • MikemikeMike

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    May 01, 2012 7:30 AM GMT
    Most 4 star hotels have decent gyms/pools/spas.icon_idea.gif
  • jack1brown

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    May 10, 2012 12:09 PM GMT
    It's a good thing to implement that lists the hotels which have good health fitness related facilities. All the luxury hotels have this one and other facilities also.
  • blueandgold

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    May 10, 2012 12:23 PM GMT
    The gym at the "W" hotel in Vieques, PR is the only gym I could find on the island but its passable. Also the best smelling gym I've ever encountered.
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    May 10, 2012 12:24 PM GMT
    runnermtl saidHi Guys - I thought it might be useful to put together a list of hotels in major cities that have particularly good gyms.

    I stayed at the Minto Hotel in Ottawa a few weeks ago and was really pleased with their gym.

    The Fairmont Vancouver has a pretty good one too.

    Alternatively, if you know of good hotels with bad gyms, that could be useful to know too...


    You stayed at the Minto hotel in Ottawa and never contacted me?? WTF???? LOL
  • gwuinsf

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    May 10, 2012 11:04 PM GMT
    Some hotels I've stayed at have relationships with actual gyms and give you day passes for being a hotel guest.

    Four Seasons in SF gives you passes to the Sports Club LA in the same building.

    Gansevoort in South Beach gives you a day pass to the David Barton next door.