Staying Fit on Vacation: The 5 Best Hotel Gyms in America

The days of going to a hotel, asking where the gym is, and discovering it’s just a former janitor’s closet with a dusty treadmill and a mismatched set of free-weights are over. Hotel chains and even boutique hotels are going all out with jaw-dropping facilities, unique group fitness classes, and top-of-the-line equipment. While the only time many travelers break out in a sweat is when hauling their luggage, with gyms as luxurious as the hotels themselves, there’s no excuse not get your sweat on when traveling. Here are five of the best hotel gyms in America.

1. Canyon Ranch at The Venetian/Palazzo, Las Vegas

Canyon Ranch's Las Vegas gym

Climbing a rock wall at the gym | Source: Canyon Ranch SpaClub – Las Vegas via Facebook

Calling the Canyon Ranch location within the Venetian/Palazzo hotel complex a gym doesn’t quite do it justice. Sure, it has a fully equipped cardio and weight room, a spin studio, a 40-foot rock-climbing wall, and a yoga and dance studio. But, what will make your jaw drop is their Aquavana healing water pools. Designed to detoxify the body, which is something you probably need to do while in Vegas, the Aquavana contains a crystal steam room, a variety of experiential rain rooms, a sauna, an herbal laconium, a hydro spa, and an igloo. Yes, an igloo — and you thought you’ve experienced everything Vegas has to offer.

2. The Houstonian Hotel, Club & Spa, Houston

The Houstonian

Gym at The Houstonian | Source: The Houstonian Hotel, Club & Spa

Don’t mess with Texas, especially when it comes to fitness. The Houstonian Hotel, Club & Spa is one of the best and most unique gyms out there. There are over 300 strength training and cardio machines, each equipped with its own audio/video system. The Houstonian also offers a seemingly endless list of fitness classes, including ski fit (to prep your body for the slopes), aquatics, pilates, spinning, power plate, yoga, tennis, and racquetball. All of this, plus a myriad of nutritional counseling services and relaxing spa treatments. One trip and it’s guaranteed you’ll become a lifetime member of this club.

3. Equinox Hotels


Equinox gym | Source: Equinox via Facebook

What if the one of the finest gyms in America opened up its own brand of hotels? Well, that is exactly what Equinox is doing. Their flagship location, which is slated to open in New York City’s Hudson Yards development in 2019, will be home to the largest Equinox Gym at a whopping 60,000 square feet. Additional amenities include indoor and outdoor swimming pools, which are kind of a big deal in New York.

4. The InterContinental Hotel, Boston

InterContinental Boston

Intercontinental Boston hotel | Source: InterContinental Boston via Facebook

If you have a lot of beans to plunk down for a trip to Bean Town, make yourself a reservation to stay fit at the InterContinental Hotel. Their gym has something no other gym in the world can offer, a killer view of the city from the privacy of your treadmill, elliptical, or stationary bike. It almost feels as if you are actually outdoors, which is great if you like to work out outside, but hate the snow. You can have the privilege of enjoying this view day or night because the club never closes. In addition to the 2,200-square-foot fitness center, which features state of the art equipment by Matrix, there is a humongous 2,500-square-foot heated indoor pool. All of that plus trainers and spa services make this one of the best hotel gyms New England has to offer.

5. Exhale Spa


Yoga class at Exhale Spa | Source:Exhale Spa via Facebook

Exhale is a chain of luxury spas with over 24 locations throughout the U.S., mostly located in hotels, including The Gansevoort in New York City and the Fairmont in Santa Monica, Calif. In addition to having a menu of spa treatments, Exhale’s Core Fusion classes will kick your butt into gear. Now don’t be confused, just because Exhale is a spa, doesn’t mean that Core Fusion is relaxing. Exhale’s signature class is based on strength training, but it has spun off into boot camp, barre, cardio, cycling, and yoga versions. It is so much fun, you might just find yourself at your local Exhale after your trip.

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