These Hotels Make Fitness a Destination, Not Just an Amenity

NATIONAL REPORT—Bike, surf, skate at the Hotel Erwin in Venice, CA or break a sweat with custom workout from virtual trainers at the Canvas Hotel Dallas. There’s more than one way to make staying fit and healthy fun and memorable in the hospitality space.

Hotels are catering to the wellness-minded traveler, providing amenities that keep guests active and engaged.

At the Canvas Hotel in Dallas, it’s all about offering modern, tech-centric, lifestyle-focused touches to all our trend-seeking guests.

“We know most modern travelers are looking for a wide range of experiences, which means we want to offer fitness programs as unique and fun as our guests are,” said GM Jared Williams. “We opened up a Fitness Suite for the fitness-minded traveler, featuring in-room virtual fitness, health & wellness programs from FitnessOnDemand in addition to offering health-conscious dining options at our restaurant, Chef’s Palette. The fitness experiences are customizable to suit any guest’s unique lifestyle.”

For true fitness lovers, the daily regimen doesn’t have to be put on pause while staying in a hotel.

“The screens offer an array of digital workouts led by well-known instructors. The digital workouts include several HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) options to challenge the most advanced fitness enthusiasts, while other programs will cater to beginner and intermediate fitness levels,” said Williams.

The suite is outfitted with everything a fitness buff needs to get in a good workout—kettlebells, jump ropes, resistance bands, foam rollers, a stability ball and fitness mats.

“Whether you are looking to start your day with a challenging American Football Style HIIT workout and low-carb power omelet, or a yoga session is what you need, we want travelers to look forward to exploring fitness options designed just for them,” said Williams.

In Venice Beach, CA, the Hotel Erwin approaches fitness through a variety of ways to enjoy the local surroundings.

“If there’s anything Southern California is known for, it’s our health and wellness-consciousness,” said Amy Ramskill, director of sales & marketing. “Venice Beach itself is home to iconic bodybuilding competitions at Muscle Beach and the original Gold’s Gym, biking along the boardwalk and through the Venice Canals, endless surfing, skating and roller skating, hiking among the thousands of acres of trails in neighboring Malibu, year-round paddle boarding, morning yoga and more. Be it on land, sand or in the water, our philosophy is to encourage guests to always do what makes them happy and hopefully try something new.”

On-property, the team prides itself as good gauges of guests’ needs and interests to deliver enjoyable experiences. They continuously engage with new local partners to keep things interesting.

“At the moment, we’re working on gaining special access to unique experiences that range from beach yoga to local hiking guides, and we always keep a surf instructor in our back pocket for lessons,” said Ramskill. “We do all we can to ensure our guests get the benefit of ‘living like a local’ during their stay with us.”

The hotel’s proximity to Venice Beach makes it a prime fitness destination.

“Whether you walk the beach at sunset, hike a nature trail in Malibu, take a casual bike ride, visit the Venice Skate Park, surf our local pipeline, or paddle board through the marina, the fitness opportunities are endless,” said Ramskill. “Not to mention, we offer bookable experiences through local yoga, boxing and Pilates partners.”

To kick things up a notch, the team at Hotel Erwin starts the experience right at check-in.

“We inform our guests of our monthly partnerships, including their free access to Gold’s Gym and bike rentals. We’re all about supporting guests’ on their individuals health journeys; we want to give them the opportunity to thrive,” said Ramskill. “We also feature a variety of healthy options and dietary-friendly restrictions at Erwin’s Kitchen & Cocktails, including smoothies, wellness shots and other ‘clean’ menu items, sourcing from our local farmer’s markets here in Venice Beach. Our chef even has her own herb garden on our rooftop.”