Frequent travelers know that it’s all too easy to slack off on a fitness routine during a trip. Free buffets and tempting new restaurants lurk around every corner. Many hotels have figured out that one key to earning customer loyalty is to provide both exercise equipment and innovative ways to make fitness interesting. These hotels make it easier for you to indulge a little and then have fun working off those extra calories.
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The Westin is popular among runners because the hotel has a running concierge who can recommend routes or arrange group runs. If you didn’t bring your running shoes, the hotel can even loan you a pair. The Westin’s fitness studio has an amazing view of downtown Austin and is equipped with gadget-friendly treadmills with built-in TVs, recumbent bicycles, balance balls, free weights and multifunction exercise machines. Locker facilities are available, along with disposable headphones, precooled towels and fresh fruit in the fitness center’s fridge. Throughout 2017, the Westin is offering a Lean ’17 Wellness Week package that includes yoga classes, Crossfit training, SoulCycle sessions and healthy cooking classes.
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The W Austin hotel hosts exercises classes poolside every Wednesday evening. Presented by local fitness instructors, classes include barre, pilates and yoga. To keep you motivated, a DJ provides a backbeat throughout the event. Afterward, you can take a dip in the pool and enjoy juice cocktails. For a more standard workout, the hotel has a 3,600-square-foot fitness center with floor-to-ceiling windows. Many of the treadmills, elliptical machines and recumbent bikes are equipped with TVs to keep you distracted and entertained. The gym also has free weights, yoga mats, weight machines and balance balls. Still lacking motivation? The hotel can arrange for a personal trainer to help whip you into shape.
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Located within the Domain shopping complex in north Austin, Archer Hotel offers a range of treadmills, elliptical machines and stationary cycles equipped with TVs and other gadgetry. The Aura 300 multifunctional training system can effectively work every part of your body, with specialized exercises and equipment for golfers, kayakers and baseball players. The Iso Wall is ideal for those who like stretchy exercises like pilates and yoga. If you need even more fitness options, you can also take classes at nearby CorePower Yoga and Orangetheory Fitness.
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Once a month, the Hyatt Regency Austin presents a Pints & Poses yoga social hour. Led by instructor Ferny Barcelo, the class features vinyasa flow yoga with music provided by a DJ. After class, students can gather for a free beer at the hotel’s Marker 10 bar. If you prefer a solitary yoga experience, a series of instructional YogaAway videos are accessible on demand in your room. Treadmills, exercise bikes, free weights and dumbbells are also available at the 24-hour StayFit fitness center. For a more scenic workout, you can walk or run on the 10-mile hike-and-bike trail around Lady Bird Lake, which is right next to the hotel.Continue to 5 of 11 below.
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Omni Austin Southpark’s fitness center includes men’s and women’s locker rooms, showers and changing areas. In addition to dumbbells and weight benches, the gym has TV-equipped treadmills, a cross trainer, chest press and a leg curl and extension machine. The fitness center overlooks the heated indoor/outdoor pool, and the pool area also has a dry sauna and a whirlpool for ultimate relaxation after an intense exercise session.
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If you want an entire vacation built around health and fitness, look no further than Travaasa Austin. Voted one of the top 100 hotels in the world in the 2015 Conde Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards, the hill country resort focuses on outdoor adventures and healthy eating. Popular for team-building exercises, the Prickly Pear Challenge Course includes walking across cables suspended 35 feet in the air, and leads to the grand finale of ziplining 250 feet through the trees. A small sampling of the other activities available: horseback riding, hatchet throwing (great stress relief), biking on a dirt track, geocaching (finding hidden treasure), hiking and archery. The resort also offers a wide variety of fitness classes, ranging from core conditioning to dance fitness. With the possible exception of the wine tasting class, most of the cooking courses are focused on maximizing long-term health. You can learn basic culinary skills in a small class or enjoy a more social experience with... group cooking instruction. The Juicing 2.0 class stretches the concept of juicing to include making tasty salsas, dips and spreads. The resort also offers abundant opportunities to slow down and enjoy the beautiful natural surroundings. If you’re new to meditation, the on-site classes offer three different approaches to choose from: breath work, visualization and mantra work. For those concerned about the health of the broader environment, there’s even a class on ecology, which discusses the area’s flora and fauna, including the endangered golden-cheeked warbler and black-capped vireo.
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“We find that wellness is an integral part of the travel experience for JW Marriott Austin guests,” says Samantha Stites, senior marketing manager. In addition to treadmills and elliptical machines, the fitness center is equipped with squat racks, free weights, yoga mats and the multifunction Synrgy360 machine. As you exercise, you can enjoy amazing views of downtown Austin through floor-to-ceiling windows.
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“The Kimpton Hotel Van Zandt is all about empowering our guests to step into the full Austin experience and our fitness offerings reflect the active lifestyle that Austinites have become known for,” says Chuck Moses, director of sales and marketing. With yoga mats in every room, guests can exercise in private or stretch out next to the pool after swimming a few laps. The hotel’s fitness center includes an elliptical machine, recumbent bicycle, free weights and even hula hoops. Hotel Van Zandt also offers free bikes, which can be easily ridden to the nearby Lady Bird Lake hike-and-bike trail. Some hotel packages also come with free stand-up paddleboard rental.Continue to 9 of 11 below.
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Located on the eighth floor of the hotel, the Skyline Spa & Health Club is much more than a fitness center. Occupying 16,000 square feet, the club has one entire room devoted exclusively to cardio fitness equipment. With seven treadmills available, you’ll never have to wait to get your cardio workout started. Another room is strictly for strength training. The gym has nine multifunction Precor machines and several adjustable benches, dumbbells, exercise balls and yoga mats. You can soothe any sore muscles in the steam room and sauna, or get a pedicure in the spa. Swimmers will appreciate the 48-foot rooftop lap pool, which features salt water instead of chlorinated water.
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The recently renovated fitness center at the DoubleTree Suites by Hilton features advanced Precor equipment, including stair steppers, treadmills and recumbent bicycles. There’s also an extensive selection of free weights, exercise balls, balance balls, yoga mats and adjustable benches. Large windows in the gym offer expansive views of downtown Austin. After your workout in the fitness center, you can swim a few laps or simply cool off in the large lap pool on the ground floor. Guests also have access to a complimentary shuttle that will transport them to the 10-mile hike-and-bike trail at Lady Bird Lake. “At DoubleTree by Hilton, making our guests feel welcome is our top priority,” says Cecilia Martinez, director of sales and marketing. “This means providing our guests with a wide selection of amenities, including convenient access to a variety of fitness and recreation options.
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Featuring both indoor and outdoor pools, Renaissance Austin Hotel allows you to maintain your swimming regimen year-round, and the adjoining whirlpool will help fend off muscle soreness. The hotel’s fitness center includes a wide range of Precor treadmills and stair steppers and free weights. For those who prefer exercising in the great outdoors, the hotel has a well-marked nature trail that winds through the lushly landscaped grounds.