Hotel Gyms Get Pumped Up

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. ( MainStreet) -- It's easy to get sidetracked from the gym when business takes you on the road. But whether in San Francisco or Miami, hoteliers have been taking note and adding exceptional fitness facilities at some of the best luxury addresses that can make keeping fit even more exciting when on the road -- as long as you know which hotels to check in to find them.

In San Francisco, a city where cardio workouts are often forgone for culinary indulgence, the Four Seasons San Francisco boasts a Market Street address that's a convenient distance to an afternoon jog in Yerba Buena Gardens. But with a simple press of the elevator button you have access to a 127,000-square-foot fitness facility operated by The Sports Club ( SCYL) that's even easier. This state-of-the-art sports facility, open to members and hotel guests, offers pickup basketball games, an Olympic-sized swimming pool and a cardio floor -- and some of the best people-watching of any San Francisco gym. The crowd is a mix of South-of-Market loft dwellers and unbuttoned downtown workers that collide at impromptu social mixers at the in-house Blu Cafe for its menu of smoothies and post-workout dinners.
One of the newest and glitziest hotel gyms in North American has come to Vancouver's revamped Hotel Georgia.

In Miami, fitness is serious business, and Soho Beach Club shows its cred with an outpost of its David Barton Gym next to the main lobby of the Gansevoort Miami Beach near South Beach. Its valet entrance is reminiscent of a nightclub, complete with a lineup of showy European sports cars and members that use their Hermes Birkins as gym bags. Guests of the Gansevoort are offered membership during their stay, but with a $15 day fee. Inside, there's a zen-inspired underworld of interconnecting workout rooms, multilevel cardio floor, group fitness classes such as spinning and power yoga and a circuit weight training class called Drenched that does pretty much just that to its takers. Outside, a pool is sprinting distance to the sea. Free swims are optional and there's a plush locker room to wash sandy feet.

Cosmopolitan Las Vegas has managed to capture much of that city's visiting luxury crowd with an infrastructure of cool that extends even to its well-known fitness center, part of the Sahra Spa & Hammam. A pricey guest pass -- $20 for the day -- buys access to a desert-inspired environment on the 14th floor of the hotel's west tower, next to one of its three hotel pools and offering a sexy sanctuary of cardio equipment, free weights and classes that include an actual boxing ring for any Manny Pacquiao wannabes. It's lined in polished hardwood floors and aglow in natural light and fresh air, and afterward guests are offered full use of the spa amenities, including steam and of course a Turkish hammam.

Dallas also takes fitness seriously, which is obvious at Starwood's ( HOT) W Dallas -- Victory, a property that takes advantage of a Victory Park location convenient for business downtown or uptown. It's here you'll also find a 3,000-square foot Sweat Fitness Center by Larry North for owners of W Residences as well as hotel guests. Trainers offer private training sessions, workout pointers and jogging maps of the area as well as insight to local fitness classes or yoga instruction. Guests of the property can also hope to run into reality star Khloe Kardashian and husband Lamar Odom, who are reported to be new residents of the property.

The Spa and Health Club at the Trump International Hotel & Tower Chicago captures a panorama of the Windy City from a skyscraper maximizing views of Lake Michigan. Guests of the hotel are offered daily membership to the exclusive health club facility -- a who's who of Chicago elite coming in search of intense daily fitness classes such as spinning, yoga and mat pilates and a spectacular indoor swimming pool that feels like a resort getaway even for those living in the building. Membership perks such as overnight gym laundry, personal lockers and one-hour suit pressing, reserved for those paying $190 a month, make Equinox seem like a self-service gym.

One of the newest and glitziest hotel gyms in North American has come to Vancouver's Hotel Georgia. This Rosewood hotel, opened in 1927 and host over the years to such luminaries as Elvis Presley, Katharine Hepburn and British royalty, has been revamped and restored to its position as the city's premiere luxury property. It's only fitting that this great luxury hotel would have an equally worthy fitness center, and Sense Spa offers a rejuvenating getaway, with a full-service spa and 52-foot indoor lap pool that is nothing short of spectacular. Less the sweaty health center and more of an extension of the spa, the gym has natural light glowing through glass walls framing an outdoor terrace. There are trainers on hand who'll even provide water bottles during treadmill runs in a setting that seems almost too pretty to break a sweat in.

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Michael Martin is the managing editor of JetSetReport.com, a luxury travel and lifestyle guide based in Los Angeles and London. His work has appeared in InStyle, Blackbook, Elle, U.K.'s Red magazine and on ITV and the BBC.

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