One of the things I enjoy when traveling is a good hotel fitness center. For some hotels, they seem to be add-ons where they throw a small weight set, some mats, and a couple of not-that-great treadmills in a room. Even for the hotels where greater care is paid to equipping their fitness centers, there are still some things lacking. For me, that is good air movement/air-conditioning. It never seems like they get that one right!
If you like to enjoy some time on a treadmill when on the road while also enjoying the little things like a convenient bathroom and air conditioning you can control, there are some hotels where you can have all of it – right in your own room!
Want A Great Workout At A Hotel? Look For Rooms Like This!
Westin is a great brand (one of the SPG brands) that does a pretty good job of focusing on fitness for guests. Not only have they partnered with a large marathon brand (Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series) as the preferred hotel, but they also have a run concierge to cater to the needs of guests who are running those events.
Westin Well-Being Movement
In addition to that, they have a deal that lends you workout clothes, courtesy of New Balance. If you are traveling and either forgot to bring some with you or did not have the space, just borrow a set of workout clothes and you are on your way! They charged $5 for the lending of the gear, but you get to keep the new pair of socks that will accompany it.
To read more about Westin’s focus on fitness, check out this page.
One of the coolest things is that participating properties (not sure of them all) have a WestinWorkout Room as a room selection when you make your reservation. That’s right – you can have workout equipment right in your own hotel room!
While not bookable with points, the cash cost is typically just a little bit more than a regular room. You can choose from available rooms that offer either a Life Fitness bike or a treadmill and both come with Pilates equipment as well.
To see if the Westin you are booking has these rooms, scroll down on the Select Room page and look for room options like you see below. For some properties, you may have to scroll down pretty far on the Select Rate part of the page. Go past the ADA rooms and if the hotel has a WestinWorkout room, you will find it there.
The above is for the Westin Washington Dulles. Unfortunately, Westin does not have one page that shows which of their properties have these fantastic rooms. Below is a list that I know have them though I know there are several others that I do not know about, yet (let me know in the comments if you know of one!).
- The Westin Prince, Toronto
- Westin Washington Dulles Airport
- The Westin Atlanta Airport
- The Westin Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort
- The Westin Oaks Houston At The Galleria
- The Westin Palace, Milan
- The Westin Detroit Metropolitan Airport
- Westin O’Hare, Chicago
Is It Worth It?
For some of those locations, these rooms could make perfect sense. I have stayed at a few of them and even though I like to get my run in outside, hotels like the Westin in Detroit’s airport are great for this. That is a fantastic hotel that is right in the terminal of the airport – perfect for departing/arriving flights at any time. Being able to workout right in your room would be really great at that property.
At other properties like Milan, not so sure about wanting to run in my room! I think I would prefer to get out! Though, there are still times that having this type of setup would be useful. That the option is there is really nice. If you are not sure you want to do, you could always book a room with points now and ask for an upgrade later, even if you have to pay the difference.
A Lot To Love!
In the end, I like that Westin offers these rooms as options. I enjoy running while traveling and if I cannot get out to do it, I would love the option to be able to do it right in my own room. All done? Dash over to the bathroom for a shower or bath! Need a nice cold drink? Grab it from your own refrigerator or ice bucket! Not only that, but you have a bigger TV than you may have available in the fitness center – and you can watch what you want! I love watching baseball games while running so this would be perfect.