Andrea’s already debated whether hotel gyms are a waste of space, and cited research which implied that three quarters of travellers are swayed on where to stay by a hotel’s gym facilities. If, like me, you count yourself among them, it’s handy to know not only that your hotel has a gym but also what that gym has to offer. So I’m breaking it down for you here…
Best for water babies… The Milestone Hotel
The award-winning Milestone Hotel’s gym has all the usual suspects – bike, rower, treadmills, weights – as well as some more unique offerings – private pilates or yoga in your room, anyone? But what sets it apart is the resistance pool. Forget trying to do laps around gossiping leisure-swimmers; this is a pool which means business. You can travel real distances and measure your laps swimming against the current, getting a full-body workout. The best part? Enjoy a meal at Cheneston’s afterwards with a glass of wine suggested by skilled sommelier Lia Poveda.
Guests enjoy complimentary access to The Milestone’s gym (and resistance pool), which is open to residents only.
Best for runners… The Berkeley Hotel
Again, the Berkeley Hotel has all you’d expect from a well-planned gym – and water babies will love its fabulous open-air swimming pool – allied with the unique rooftop location. If ever there was a view to fuel you on your labours, it’s the one from The Berkeley’s treadmills, looking out over glorious Hyde Park. It offers the best bits of running in the world-famous park, without having to dodge dog poops and strollers!
Guests enjoy complimentary access to The Berkeley’s gym. For non-residents, membership is available costing a £1,850 annual fee.
Best for 1 on 1… Claridge’s
If the well-equipped, light and airy gym at Claridge’s isn’t enough to get you working out, don’t despair. Whether you need a little more motivation than your average gym-goer – or if you just like having someone on hand to cajole and encourage – the extensive personal trainer offerings at the Art Deco luxury hotel make it the ideal gym. From energising half hour blitzes to goal-specific hour long sessions or even in-depth endurance sessions, its top-class trainers will help you achieve your goals. And you can undo all your hard work afterwards by indulging in the best London hotel afternoon tea!
Guests enjoy complimentary access. For non-residents membership costs a joining fee plus £1,100/£1,700 (peak/off peak) annual fee.
Best for the easily bored… The Soho Hotel
Open 24 hours, in the heart of the finger-on-the-pulse West End, it’s no wonder that the Soho Hotel’s gym is very modern. All its strength and aerobic machines have integrated entertainment systems and touchscreen technology, so there’s no hope of getting bored as you embark on your workout. And if you feel yourself lagging, just call on one of fitness guru Gina’s team of trainers to get you back on track. You can reward yourself afterwards with a cocktail in one of the best London hotel bars…
Guests enjoy complimentary access to The Soho Hotel’s gym. For non-residents, membership is available costing a £850 annual membership fee.
If none of the above gyms float your boat, you might also wish to check out our review of the swanky gym at Sofitel St James.
And if outdoor sports is more your thing then you should definitely check out the great new sports buddy scheme at two leading London hotels.
Photo credits: The Berkeley Hotel, The Milestone Hotel, Claridge’s, The Soho Hotel.