These hotels go above and beyond to provide a beautiful workout space—don't forget to pack your sneakers!
Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel, Orange County
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The top-notch gym at the Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel in Orange County doesn't only offer high-end Precor and Icarian machines with individual TVs—it also boasts some of the most impressive views around. Imagine keeping up with your daily workout while seeing the gentle waves lap against a pristine beach on the West Coast. Doesn't sound too bad, eh?
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The James, New York
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With stunning downtown views and state-of-the-art Life Fitness equipment, the gym at The James is one of the most attractive fitness centers in town. It’s located on the 17th floor, and gets tons of natural light from the huge wall-to-wall windows. Guests have free access to it 24 hours a day.
NH Calderon, Barcelona
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The NH Calderon is known for its lovely rooftop pool, wonderful location in Eixample neighborhood, and clean rooms—but the wellness center and gym need a special mention as well. The spa facilities are small but pretty nice, and the fitness center has windows boasting outstanding city views, as well as fairly modern equipment.
Manchester Grand Hyatt, San Diego
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The Manchester’s free, 24-hour fitness center has great equipment and a full array of services—including a fitness concierge—but its most attractive feature is probably the stunning views of the San Diego Bay all the way to Coronado Island and beyond. The hotel also offers maps of walking and running trails and GPS devices for those who prefer to take their workout outdoors.
Langham Place, Hong Kong
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It's surprising how many excuses our brains can make up for skipping our workout routine, but at the Langham Place, Hong Kong, the justification "my gym is in a depressing basement with no natural light" is certainly not one of them. It has jaw-dropping views of Kowloon and the mountains, and top-notch equipment.
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The fitness center at the Intercontinental Boston is part of the Spa & Health Club, complete with a 6,000-square-foot thalassotherapy center, a 45-foot indoor heated lap pool, and a 24-hour strength-training and cardio room. The views of downtown Boston from the ellipticals, treadmills, and exercise bikes are not to be missed.
Porto Bay Rio Internacional, Rio de Janeiro
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The Porto Bay Rio’s glass-enclosed fitness center is located on the hotel’s top floor, and has a glass ceiling that allows for striking panoramic ocean and pool views, as well as lots of natural light. The property is located right on one of Rio’s most famous beaches, Copacabana, which can be seen while working out in the gym. Not for those who suffer from vertigo!
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Trump International Hotel & Tower, Chicago
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The gym at the Trump International Hotel & Tower is a notch above the rest in town—it not only features high-end equipment and a wonderful selection of daily classes (including yoga, Zumba Fitness, and Pilates Mat), but also wonderful views of the Chicago River and the city’s impressive skyscrapers. The hotel also offers a 75-foot by 25-foot heated indoor pool and personal trainers.
Lake Austin Spa Resort, Austin
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For those who feel a natural setting is more soothing or motivating while sweating through their shirt, the Lake Austin Spa Resort has a great surprise. The fitness center has wonderful lake views and floor-to-ceiling windows that let in tons of natural light. However, those who want to be more in touch with nature can also take classes outdoors.
Beach Palace, Cancun
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The Beach Palace’s fitness center is small, but has modern machines and wall-to-wall, floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the serene lagoon. There’s a sun deck with loungers right outside the gym, perfect for a well-deserved snoozing session in the Caribbean breeze after the workout.
Boston Marriott Copley Place
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The Marriott Copley Place is a business-oriented property and offers great amenities for those in town for work, including a great fitness center with a skylight and large windows that offer great city views. The gym has an adjacent indoor pool with a whirlpool and massage services.
Pompano Beach Club, Bermuda
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The Pompano Beach Club offers great ocean views from virtually every spot in the resort, including the fitness center. Every machine here faces floor-to-ceiling windows, which offer relaxing unobstructed views of the ocean and the boats bobbing off the shore. A mirrored wall helps bring the outdoors in, ensuring that there’s tons of natural light and great vistas even for those facing the opposite wall.
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