Some hotel groups, like Every Hotels, say hotels don’t need gyms anymore. But others disagree and are ramping up their fitness offering.
Health and wellness is big right now and hotels are renewing their spa and fitness offerings to keep up. Here in London, it’s mostly 5-star establishments going gaga for gyms.
Why exercise on an old treadmill in a dark basement, when you can have a personal trainer put you through your paces in a state of the art facility? Check out these luxury fitness suites at some of London’s top hotels…
At Claridge’s, it’s all about their newly appointed personal trainer. They’ve taken on Steve Mellor, a nutrition expert and founder of Freedom2Train.
His method combines HIIT, MetCon, yoga and crossfit. And if you know what more than two of those things are, you’re doing better than me.
Mellor is available in Claridge’s gym to provide one on one and group sessions, and he’s also working with executive chef Martyn Nail to create bespoke nutritional programmes.
The Bulgari has recently launched Workshop Gymnasium, “a centre for excellence in one-to-one health and fitness”.
The Tatler Spa Guide voted it best for “First-Class Futuristic Fitness”, so you know you’re going to get top-quality service. They offer strength training, yoga, pilates, swimming, boxing and fascial stretch therapy (no, me neither).
When you go through your induction, they’ll have you do a series of exercises to assess you and create a workout programme especially for you.
Of course, some of the newest hotels in the city have the most up-to-date and technologically advanced equipment.
In The Mondrian’s gym, the cardiovascular equipment has 15-inch touch screens, iPod connectivity and a video and USB charging station. So you can watch or listen to whatever you want while you run or cycle in place.
And if you would rather go for a run out in the open, they offer a running club on Mondays. You can choose between three different routes to see some of London’s best landmarks at the same time. Or if you’re an early riser, there’s Sunrise Yoga, which takes place in the Rumpus Room bar.
Hotels will continue to up their gym offerings in the coming months. Rocco Forte Hotels even claim their new wellness concept currently in the works will change the industry. Or you could just relax in the spa instead…
Photo credits: Claridge’s, Bulgari Hotel and Residences, Mondrian London.