I recently stayed at the Hyatt Place Charlotte/Arrowood. It was a good Hyatt Place and the price was right (I booked it months in advance of my visit when the My Elite rate was under $75 per night). This hotel is closer to the airport than it is to downtown (or Uptown as they say in Charlotte just to confuse everyone). On a trip a few months ago, I stayed downtown (meaning Uptown) at the Hyatt House Charlotte/Center City – which I loved. Anyway, back to the Hyatt Place Arrowood….
I did go for a few short runs from the property, but the hotel was near a highway, and the roads and sidewalks were spotty at best. I saw this sign during one of my runs:
There was an industrial complex right near the hotel which was recommended for running. I ran on those roads for about a mile – it would have been a perfect place to run – quiet streets – well paved… but, it was so quiet. So quiet! I spooked myself into thinking that some psychopath could ride down the road at any moment and abduct or kill me and no one would ever see … and, well, my vivid imagination killed that run for me! Well, it was over 80 degrees out, and I wanted to get back before breakfast ended, so it was alright.
The hotel had a fitness center. It had the signature red carpet that Hyatt Places have, but the room, though small seemed rather sparse – as if they were waiting for more equipment to come in. There were 2 treadmills, one stairmaster and one recumbent bicycle. They were all good machines, but it seemed like there should be something more in the room.
When I asked the hotel agent about the fitness center, I learned that there is more to the story – this certainly changed my opinion about the fitness offerings at this Hyatt Place.
In addition to the fitness center, the hotel has a full set of 2, 3 and 5 lb. free weights as well as yoga mats, for guests to borrow. She brought out these items for me to see. Those items could be used in the Fitness Center, or in a guest’s hotel room.
The availability of these items was detailed in this “did you forget something” pamphlet at the front desk, but frankly, had I not been told about it, I would have never known. So, it’s great that the hotel has these items available for loan, but they should let it be more widely known – perhaps a sign in the fitness center?
Also, informed that hotel guests wanting an off-site full fitness center, can use the facilities at a Planet Fitness a few miles away free of charge.
The hotel also had an outdoor pool. I didn’t have a chance to go in, but it looked very nice.