As hotel services continue to improve exponentially, travelers in search of exercise find they’re no longer banished to cramped, windowless spaces—instead, Meeghan Truelove discovers a new world of jogging tracks with views of castles and Olympic-size swimming pools high in the sky. here, our current crop of fitness favorites.
The sprawling, three-story facility at the Kerry Centre Hotel (866/565-5050 or 86/10-6561-8833; shangri-la.com; doubles from $412) contains a 38-yard lap pool, two indoor tennis courts, a 256-yard jogging and rollerblading track, and more than 70 state-of-the-art cardio and weight machines.
Guests can buff up with round-the-clock trainers in the health center at the Four Seasons at Nile Plaza (800/332-3442 or 20-2/791-7000; fourseasons.com; doubles from $300), home to the city’s only indoor pool, with dramatic, floor-to-ceiling river views.
At the Fairmont Chicago (800/441-1414 or 312/565-8000; fairmont.com; doubles from $250), residents have the run of the adjacent, equipment-packed Lakeshore Athletic Club—think minutely calibrated weight machines and NBA-size basketball courts (a favorite practice spot for the Bulls).
Routes on the custom-designed city jogging map at the Westin Excelsior (800/228-3000 or 39-055/27151; luxurycollection.com; doubles from $1,068) loop across the Arno and past the Uffizi; the stylish gym has parquet floors and Thermogym machines with individual TV’s.
There’s no excuse to be lazy at the Mandarin Oriental (800/526-6566 or 60-3/2380-8888; mandarinoriental.com; doubles from $241), with two squash courts and Qi Gong and Pilates sessions in the spacious gym with views of City Centre park, where a trainer also leads daily guided runs.
Besides the requisite personal trainers, the 69,000-square-foot Canyon Ranch complex at the Venetian (877/883-6423 or 702/414-1000; thevenetian.com; doubles from $170) is home to nutrition counselors, physical therapists, and acupuncturists. The dozens of classes range from Bosu core conditioning to kickboxing.
After clocking miles on the dazzling 437-yard rooftop track (with views of the 12th-century St. George’s Castle) guests at the Four Seasons Hotel Ritz Lisbon (800/332-3442 or 351-21/381-1400; fourseasons.com; doubles from $447) can quench their thirst with complimentary sports drinks.
The Sofitel LA (800/763-4835 or 310/278-5444; sofitella.com; doubles from $435) debuted its fully revamped gym last December, complete with retractable skylights that can be opened to the sky when the sun is shining, StairMasters with personal TV’s, and Swiss rain showers for a post-workout rinse.
On the top floor of the Bayerischer Hof’s (800/745-8883 or 49-89/21200; bayerischerhof.de; doubles from $400) jewel boxlike Blue Spa, trainers analyze musculoskeletal and cardiovascular health as guests use equipment handpicked by a former Mr. Universe.
Hotel Fasano’s (800/745-8883 or 55-11/3896-4000; fasano.com.br; doubles from $440) stylish, upper-floor spa-and-fitness center features elliptical machines, stunning skyline vistas, and Hans Wegner loungers clustered around a marble plunge pool.
Sweeping city panoramas offset the battery of Cybex and Life Fitness equipment and the shimmering 22-yard pool on the glass-atrium-topped gym on the 47th floor of the Park Hyatt Tokyo (800/223-1234 or 81-3/5322-1234; /tokyo.park.hyatt.com; doubles from $470).
Ritz Carlton, Washington, D.C. (800/241-3333 or 202/835-0500; ritzcarlton.com; doubles from $600) partners with the adjoining 100,000-square-foot Sports Club/LA—its four squash courts, 100-plus cardio machines, and 50-bike spinning studio are steps from the hotel lobby.