The TRYP Times Square South is a three-star hotel located near iconic NYC hotspots like Madison Square Garden and the Empire State Building. Cyclists will love that there’s a bike rental shop conveniently located right on the same block and runners can head just a few avenues over to the West Side Highway for a waterfront jogging path that stretches for miles down to Battery Park.
Best Fitness Features: The TRYP Times Square South has a small gym that’s open 24/7, but also provides free day passes to the nearby New York Sports Club for when you want to take an early-morning boxing class or get access to a larger variety of exercise equipment. If you really want to eliminate all excuses for ditching your workout, book an individual Fitness Room so you don’t even have to get dressed and go down to the gym but can sweat it out in the privacy of your own room. These special rooms have king-sized beds, flat-screen TVs, and come with your very own exercise equipment—such as a stationary bike, hand weights, yoga mat, and even workout clothes in your requested size.
Healthy Eats: Post workout you can order up a nutritious meal from the spa menu created especially for the Fitness Rooms. Try the Gastro Bar Sandwich made with roasted turkey and heart-healthy cranberries or the omega-3 packed Grilled Ahi Tuna with Cameros cheese. Celebrity chef John Walsh also holds two black belts—one in Kempo and the other in mixed martial arts—and prides himself on cooking up protein-packed recovery meals that don’t skimp on taste.
The London NYC is an upscale option for both business and romantic travel. Plus, it’s walking-friendly, thanks to its convenient location just blocks away from Lincoln Center, MoMA, Carnegie Hall, Fifth Avenue, Times Square, and Central Park.
Best Fitness Features: While many hotel gyms are cramped and feel more like an after-thought, the London NYC’s 24-hour, spa-like fitness facility is spacious and cutting edge. Designed by David Collins Studios, the gym features clean wood elements and large windows that let in plenty of natural light, as well as cardio machines that have individual TVs, an extensive collection of free weights, and an ample stretching area. It also has a Kinesis Wall, a four-station circuit that uses resistance cables. The Kinesis wall helps you workout smarter in less time because it allows you to combine cardio, strength, and flexibility moves. Personal training sessions and in-room massages are also available.
Healthy Eats: While the Gordon Ramsay at The London is a two-Michelin star restaurant that serves up French-inspired cuisine, you also have the option of the more casual MAZE eatery offering a seasonal-inspired menu (think: Amish chicken breast or slow-cooked organic hen’s egg with spinach). Check out the adjacent London Bar’s seasonal specials, such as a power smoothie made with muscle-soothing organic Wakaya ginger powder.
The Affinia Dumont is nestled in midtown east, just a few blocks away from the Empire State Building, and offers easy access to some of Murray Hill’s best restaurants (Wolfgang’s Steakhouse is within walking distance). It’s also convenient to the East River, where you can follow a jogging path south to the seaport.
Best Fitness Features: Cycle around New York’s biggest landmarks on one of the Affinia Dumont’s complimentary Republic Bikes. The bikes come with a helmet, lock, basket, map of popular routes, and a list of available parking. If you’d rather see the city on foot, request The Walking Tour Kit to be delivered to your door. It comes with an iPod loaded with a walking tour and workout playlist, a walking tour guidebook, a map, pedometer, and towel. You can also check out the on-site, 24-hour gym, but you might want to squeeze in a workout session right in your own room: Affina Hotels offer complimentary StayFit Kits including yoga mats, workout DVDs, and ankle and wrist weights.
Healthy Eats: Many of the rooms have kitchens so you can cook up your own healthy meals. The hotel also works with local nutritionists that offer customized programs, such as guided grocery-shopping excursions, personalized diet plans, and cleanses.
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