5 Hotels with Fun (And Free!) Fitness Options

by  Jessica Colley | Jun 17, 2013
Hotel del Coronado
Hotel del Coronado / Photo courtesy of the property

Whether you borrow a free bike for a cycle through a new neighborhood or kick off your shoes for yoga on the beach, fitness can become an enjoyable part of your vacation. And hotels are getting creative to help guests stay healthy on the road. On your next trip, skip the treadmill in exchange for one of the following fun fitness options; here are five of our free favorites!

1. Free Salsa Classes: Mezzanine, Tulum, Mexico

While clocking in 45 minutes of cardio might not sound too appealing on a beach vacation to Mexico's Riviera Maya, how about a salsa lesson on a beachfront patio? At Mezzanine boutique hotel a local salsa school offers free classes on Sundays at 6pm, followed by a live salsa band that will provide the soundtrack to work on your new skills.

2. Free Tai Chi on the Rooftop: The London West Hollywood, West Hollywood

Practice Tai Chi with a view of the LA skyline and the Hollywood Hills from the rooftop at the London West Hollywood on Saturday and Sunday mornings (weather permitting). These classes are designed to coincide with the sunrise, adding a whole new experience to your fitness routine on the road.

3. Free Group Runs: Hotel Palomar Chicago, Chicago

To combine sightseeing with fitness, join one of the manager-led morning runs at the Hotel Palomar in Chicago. Every Tuesday at 6.15am, a manager leads a group of hotel guests on a run that includes skyline and waterfront views. Along the way, feel free to ask any questions you might have about Chicago. Alternatively, the hotel also offers Barre Bee Fit classes on the 17th floor pool terrace that include a combination of pilates and yoga.

4. Free Yoga on the Beach: The Hotel del Coronado, San Diego

The fitness center at the Hotel del Coronado takes their group fitness classes outdoors seasonally, including morning yoga sessions on the beach. All classes are free for guests and the hotel keeps an updated calendar of options online. Designed to relax the mind while shaping and toning, these yoga sessions with experienced instructors provide a stress-free, healthy start to the day.

5. Free Bike Rentals: The Tribeca Grand, New York City

They're pretty, blue, and waiting for you at the door of the Tribeca Grand in lower Manhattan. New York City's bike share program premiered over Memorial Day weekend, with the cost of $9.99 plus tax per bike for 24-hours. But, as a guest at the Tribeca Grand, you can easily explore the cobbled neighborhood – as well as nearby Soho and the West Village – for free. One of the best local areas for a bike ride is the waterside path in Hudson River Park where you won't have to worry about traffic.

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