Saturday, June 24, 2017

Hotels put bigger focus on fitness with in-room equipment

As executive director of Destination DC, which markets the capital to travelers, Elliott Ferguson knows a thing or two about hotels. When he travels, one of the first things he looks for is a good fitness center.

“Before I physically go up to my room, I stop by . . . to assess what they have and figure out what I can do,” Ferguson said. “Some hotels offer yoga and cycling and/or at least access to some of the various companies that do that here in Washington, D.C. That really makes a big difference when people are looking at where they’re going to stay.”

A growing number of hotels are making exercising on the road even more accessible — taking equipment to guest rooms.

At Even Hotel, exercise is the thing

A wall of plants and four coolers of filtered water — two of them flavored — greet Even Hotel Rockville guests, who can wipe away their travel woes with orange-scented towels before retiring to rooms with eucalyptus-infused sheets.

Relaxation matters at Even (1775 Rockville Pike), but fitness makes it stand out among the area’s many hotels. “It’s a wellness concept with a hotel added on,” says John Stowell, Even’s chief wellness officer.