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Whether traveling for business, leisure or race, you have enough to think about. Between packing, plane rides and sightseeing, you don’t want to worry about mapping out a route or bringing healthy food along. Hotels recognize this now more than ever, and many have become extremely runner-friendly, offering running shoe rentals in case you forgot to pack your favorite pair and healthy meals for those needing a quick bite.
We have rounded up a list of some of the best hotels for athletes not only looking for a good night’s sleep, but also for some extra amenities to help make a workout a priority while travelling.
Westin Hotels has developed one of the most athlete-friendly programs in the country. Not only do they offer Heavenly Beds for the best night sleep, but they also partnered with New Balance to bring apparel and shoes to those who may have forgotten to pack an important item. Additionally, with the RunWESTIN program, runners have access to 3-to-5-mile routes throughout the city and, in select locations, a guided workout with their Run Concierge.
At Fairmont Hotels & Resorts, you can elect to have apparel and yoga mats waiting in your room upon arrival, available for the duration of your stay. All of this is available through their partnership with Reebok. Gym equipment varies by location, and personal training is offered at many of their resorts as well. To get the Fairmont Fit benefits, you can join their complimentary President’s Club.
Sheraton Hotels & Resorts has partnered with Core Performance to bring their guests a well-rounded approach to fitness. They focus on the mind, nutrition, movement and recovery to give guests all of the tools needed to succeed. In addition to the fitness centers, Sheraton Fitness offers downloadable fitness plans for all parts of your day—from jump-starting the morning to relaxing at night—so you can get a trainer-designed workout in the comfort of your room.
Four Seasons Resorts have some the highest-end amenities for athletes. For example, at their Westlake Village and Beverly Hills locations, the resort offers cooking lessons to their guests. They even put out a cookbook, The Wellness Kitchen, with healthy recipes from the Westlake Village resort. Other locations offer amenities like fresh juices, spa services and more.
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Ashley Lauretta is a health and fitness journalist living in Austin, Texas. Assistant editor at LAVA Magazine, Ashley also regularly contributes to Women’s Running, Active.com, LIVESTRONG.com and more. Find her on Twitter at @ashley_lauretta.