Hotel gyms have a reputation of being windowless spaces filled with ancient equipment. However, as Americans become more health-conscious, many properties are taking note by upping their fitness game.
This trend is especially prominent in the Bay Area, where an active lifestyle is the norm. Now it’s easier than ever to get the workout you deserve while on your next vacation to the region.
These five hotels flex their muscle with an unparalleled selection of healthy resources.
Four Seasons Hotel San Francisco
Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star Four Seasons Hotel San Francisco doesn’t have a typical hotel gym: All guests have complimentary access to an Equinox Sports Club located in the same building as the hotel. No other property in the city has this sort of exclusive entry to such a massive fitness center.
During the week, more than 25 different classes are offered, including core and tone, classical ballet, studio cycling, tabata (high-intensity interval training) and barre. Equinox’s newest class is The Cut, a cardio-focused boxing workout that has no bags, wraps or ring. It’s just you and light hand weights completing five powerful rounds of rhythmic movements.
If a group class isn’t your thing, swim laps in the junior Olympic pool or lace up your sneakers for a basketball game.
Carneros Resort and Spa
At Four-Star Carneros Resort and Spa, the fitness center recently received a shiny new makeover. The 24-hour 3,000-square-foot gym, which overlooks the family pool, features cardiovascular, Pilates and strength-training equipment.
Choose from an extensive menu of private and group training services and complimentary classes on the weekends. Boot-camp sessions utilize fitness stations located throughout the expansive resort, so you get a workout and a tour all in one go.
On Sundays, why not enjoy a low-key walk through the vineyards? There is also a guided meditation class that will teach you the simple art of quietness.
Westin Verasa Napa
Located in the heart of downtown Napa, Westin Verasa Napa is a wellness destination for guests who want to stay fit. Work out whenever you choose at the 24-hour exercise studio with cardio machines, strength-training equipment and free weights.
Specialized fitness concierges fill in the gaps with customized workouts and other services: The Westin’s new yoga concierge can set up a private lesson or help you find a class at a nearby studio; on Saturday mornings, there’s also a complimentary group yoga class on the patio; the running concierge is your go-to resource for 5K guided group runs and for finding the best trails and routes.
If you’ve packed light or have forgotten a key piece of apparel, the Westin’s new partnership with New Balance means that, for a small fee, you can secure the appropriate workout gear, complete with clean shoes and new socks.
The hotel also has an incentive-based step program. For every 15,000 steps taken per day, which must be tracked on a wearable fitness device like Fitbit, you are rewarded with 1,000 Starwood Preferred Guest Points.
Hotel Zetta San Francisco
San Francisco’s tech-driven Hotel Zetta has collaborated with Well + Away healthy guidebooks for a city overview that details all the best places to work out, eat clean and practice mindfulness.
Additionally, thanks to the hotel’s Well + Away property-wide makeover, it qualifies as a one-stop healthy shop. All of the room’s minibars have morphed into healthy Vitalbars that feature nutrient-packed snacks that are largely organic, vegan and gluten-free (think Aloha greens, Tasty Brand superfruit gummies and Moon Juice mesquite walnuts).
Five Well + Away Pure Rooms are outfitted with environmental elements that promote the best quality rest like Casper mattresses, non-toxic cleaning products and Cuyana organic Turkish robes.
Not only is Zetta’s fitness center stocked with state-of-the-art cardio machines such as Technogym treadmills and ellipticals, but personal training sessions on everything from stretching to mat Pilates are offered.
Well + Away has also launched a series of classes, panels and pop-ups that will focus on fitness, yoga and mindfulness.
Loews Regency San Francisco Hotel
This Four-Star retreat’s seasonal Sky Deck Yoga program is worth a mention. During the warmer months (June to October), you are invited to take yoga on the 40th-floor deck. From that perch, you’ll have stunning views of the city skyline and the bay.
Give new meaning to the term “sun salutations” when you literally perform the moves in the open air. Yoga mats, towels and tools are provided, so all you need is workout gear.