I recently stayed at the Bellevue Hotel in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania a World of Hyatt Unbound Collection hotel (see, HOTEL REVIEW). Next door to the hotel, and connected by an elevator, is The Sporting Club at the Bellevue, a private membership fitness center, which hotel guests have full complimentary access to. All you need to do is show your room key and sign a waiver and you’re in.
Did I mention that the Sporting Club is huge? 93,000 square feet, to be exact.
You name it, the gym offers it: free weights, exercise cycles, steppers, stair climbers, rowers, Nautilus®, Cybex®, Nordic Track®, personal trainer, aerobic classes, squash, racquetball courts, basketball courts, and an indoor track. Access to the Sporting Club also includes whirlpool, steam rooms and saunas.
What I especially loved at the Sporting Club was . . . well everything . . . but especially the indoor track (12x to the mile), the gym and the pool. If working out is of importance to you, I would consider access to the Sporting Cub as a large factor when choosing a Philadelphia hotel.
The women’s lockers, changing facilities, showers, etc.
The women’s whirlpool:
The indoor track circles around the gym offering unique views from above.
You could even see down to the basketball court from the track.
Here’s the basketball court from below:
The gym facility is pretty amazing. It’s hard core – it has everything that you could possibly want for a serious workout.
A fitness class room:
Squash and racketball courts:
This fitness room has a barre (which is also perfect for stretching).
I also saw stairs leading to a spinning room, but I did not view the room.
I have been to other hotels that offer access to private fitness facilities (sometimes in addition to fitness facilities on hotel grounds, other times in place of such facilities). In each case, I’ve been impressed by the increased amount of fitness services offered to hotel guests by this arrangement (see, e.g., Hyatt House Fishkill – Guests Visit AllSport Fitness for Free).