Two-Wheel Trend: City Hotels Offering Bikes
I admit it: I may the only Brooklynite left who hasn’t jumped on the bicycle trend. (Blame my Minnesota roots: I remain loyal to the birthplace of the Rollerblade.) But though I don’t own a bike at home, I do love to hop on two wheels to explore a city while on vacation, and am pleased report that more and more hotels are pedaling to, well, urban pedalers.
Sure, lots of resorts like the Four Seasons Resort, The Biltmore in Santa Barbara or the Fairmont Mayakoba in Mexico’s Riviera Maya have long kept bikes on site for guest use. But now city hotels are getting in on the act too. Just recently, Ritz-Carlton announced that its new LEED-certified Charlotte, North Carolina property, opening this October, will have a slew of complimentary Trek bikes (Lance Armstrong’s brand of choice) available for guests, along with dedicated bike valets—specially trained to fix a flat on the fly.
And then there’s Fairmont and Park Hyatt, which are both rolling out bike programs throughout their properties. This summer, Fairmont began offering swanky BMW Cruise Bikes to guests at nearly all of its Canadian properties, including the Queen Elizabeth in Montreal, Toronto’s Royal York, and the company’s multiple Vancouver outposts. And come August, over a dozen Park Hyatt hotels are debuting bicycle programs that offers guests helmets, locks, biking maps, bottled water, and bikes, naturally. The globe-spanning participating properties include Park Hyatts in Chicago, Washington, D.C., Buenos Aires, Sydney, Toyko, Beijing, Moscow, and even Goa. Milan is also participating, but bikers beware: The only two-wheeler that really get any respect in Italy is the Vespa.
Amy Farley is a senior editor at Travel + Leisure.