Most people choose hotels based on factors such as location, cost and service level. For fitness enthusiasts and wellness travelers, however, one of the most important decision points when selecting a hotel is its gym: Does it have one? How big is it? And what kind of equipment does it offer?
With that in mind, hotels across the country and around the world are investing significant time and money into adding and upgrading fitness centers. A few, however, are going even further by incorporating wellness directly into their guest rooms.
One such hotel is Viceroy Hotel Group's Hotel Zetta. Located in San Francisco's thriving SoMa district, it launched five wellness-themed rooms -- called Well + Away Rooms -- last year and has just upgraded them with a new amenity, it announced last month: Peloton bikes.
Hotel Zetta's Well + Away Rooms feature environmentally friendly Casper mattresses and pillows, locally sourced linens, Dyson hot and cool air purifiers, Muse meditation headbands and cushions, and Method non-toxic cleaning products, not to mention healthy minibars called "VitalBars," which feature complimentary nutritious snacks such as Simple Mills Almond Flour Crackers, Navitas Organic Superfood + Bars and Justin's Dark Chocolate Almond Butter Cups.
The addition of Peloton bikes -- stationary bikes that stream live indoor cycling classes on an HD multi-touch screen -- rounds out the Enlightened Room wellness experience by giving guests the means to exercise without leaving their guest room.
"The new in-room Peloton bikes really fit with Hotel Zetta's mission to offer guests the most innovative health and tech-oriented experiences on the market today," said General Manager Mark Beevor. "We want our guests to feel like they can stay on track with their wellness plan when traveling, so they don't feel guilty enjoying all the restaurants that our delicious city has to offer."
Four More Healthy Hotels
Hotel Zetta is in fine -- or rather, fit -- company. Here are four more hotels whose in-room wellness game is on point:
• MGM Grand Las Vegas Hotel & Casino: MGM Grand was an early adopter of health and wellness. In 2012, it introduced its "Stay Well" guest rooms. A partnership between MGM Resorts International and wellness real estate company Delos, rooms include advanced air purification, dawn simulator alarm clocks, blackout shades, a water filtration system, circadian-rhythm lighting, aromatherapy, vitamin C-infused showers, healthy room service and access to online programs created by the Cleveland Clinic to assist guests with sleep, stress and nutritional therapy.
• Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills: Like MGM Grand, Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills also has a collection of wellness rooms created in partnership with Delos. The rooms feature the same amenities -- including an air purifier, a water filtration system and circadian-rhythm lighting - plus in-room fitness equipment from Peloton and Technogym, and in-room yoga equipment by Alo. All wellness accommodations -- including two suites -- are located on the fourth floor, where they neighbor the hotel's spa, fitness center and pool.
• Hilton McLean Tysons Corner: Hilton McLean Tysons Corner in McLean, Va., is one of several Hilton hotels that offer "Five Feet to Fitness," a fitness-oriented guest room that boasts 11 in-room fitness equipment options, including a stationary bike for indoor cycling and interval workouts; a functional training station for strength, core and high-intensity interval training (HIIT) workouts; and a fitness kiosk through which guests can access more than 200 workout videos, including equipment tutorials and yoga classes.
• Swissôtel Chicago: Pursuant to its brand promise -- "live it well" (life, that is) -- Swissôtel last month launched a new Vitality Suite at Swissôtel Chicago. The hotelier's second such accommodation, and its first outside of Switzerland, the five-room suite spans over 1,700 square feet and includes "a clean, calm materials palette, soothing black-out blinds, and dedicated spaces for exercise and relaxation to create a tranquil, refined and minimalist space," the hotel said in a press release. In-room amenities include a "Wellbeing Wall" with simple, self-explanatory gym equipment, a Peloton bike, and a water rower. There also are TV screens on which guests can view guided in-room workouts, an infused water station featuring fruit- and superfood-infused water, an a-la-carte pillow menu to facilitate better sleep and a healthy room service menu that's exclusive to the suite.