Who does not know Booking.com, together with Expedia Group they are the two largest online travel agencies in the world. They are not identical, as both have different business models, but both websites do provide the option to book hotel rooms. At HotelGyms.com we decided back in 2017 to work with Booking.com. They provide all we need, a rich API for a smooth integration in our platform, a huge portfolio with more than 1 million hotels, attractive pricing for our customers and much more.
However, there is one big thing which is always a concern to some: The price! No one wants to overpay a hotel room. But how can you save some money when booking your next hotel room with HotelGyms.com and with this, through Booking.com? Have you heard of the Genius Level Reward Program?
This is a great and easy way to secure additional discounts on Booking.com. To reach the first level it only takes two (2) stays within two (2) years to unlock Genius Level 1. This doesn’t sound like much, huh?
But lets dive deeper into the program and the different levels. As other hotel chains programs, the Booking.com Genius rewards program is also based on a “the more stays you book, the more you are rewarded” mechanism. According to Booking.com, there are various benefits, such as:
What is different to many other hotel reward programs, the Genius membership lasts for life. Which means you will always be able to get additional benefits when you book a Genius rate. For now, Booking.com has two levels: Genius Level 1 and Level 2, with the following benefits:
Genius Level 1
Genius Level 2
To get there is actually quite decent. As mentioned above, to unlock Genius Level 1 you must complete two stays within two years. By completing five stays within two years you already made it to Genius Level 2. Compared to the requirements in many other super chain hotels, this sounds very reasonable, doesn’t it?
What about Genius Level 3 you might ask? Well, there is no Level 3 on Booking.com. There are rumors spreading, but nothing has been confirmed. Who knows how they will expand in the future though.
The order to receive the 10–15% discounts and other benefits from the Genius Rewards Program, the hotel must be qualified as well. The hotel must have a minimum of three guest reviews and have a review score of at least 7.5. You can find more details in the Booking.com Partner Center.
The question which often popes-up, can you still get qualifying nights and/or points for another rewards program? Most likely not… If you add your loyalty number to the booking, you may still get perks such as free internet or room/suite upgrades on top of the Booking.com Genius benefits. But you will not collect points or qualified nights on the stay. But each hotel chain/brand has different rules.
For sure, my Genius Level 2 has saved me some money already and I suggest everyone to have a closer look on the special Genius prices on Booking.com. Unfortunately, we can not show those special prices HotelGyms.com yet. But as soon as you get transferred Booking.com, it will show the reduced prices and all the additional benefits you would get.
However, we are already working on this topic as we want to bring the best experience for people who want to stay fit while traveling.
Fitness Geek or not – if you want to stay fit and in shape while traveling you have to check HotelGyms.com before you are booking your hotel. Here you will find almost all fitness friendly hotels with fitness facilities. Wherever you are planning to go, whatever you need, with our GymFactor you will be able to find your match. HotelGyms.com provides more then 100’000 Hotels globally where you can proceed with your workout routine. And this month, we present you the three top Fitness Focused Hotels in Dubai.
You can fly from almost everywhere easily to Dubai! even now during COVID-19 Dubai is one of the first places to open up again for tourism. Flights and hotels are affordable, and you will find everything, really everything what you can think of. You will find one of the most impressive skylines in the world, you can clime the tallest building (at least as of 2020), or you can go shopping in the Mega Malls. And if you don’t like to chill on the 1’000+ kilometers long beach you even can go to skiing on snow in the middle of the desert.
The weather is sunny, warm and beautiful the whole year. So it doesn not really matter much when you travel to Dubai. It could be very hot during summer and a little bit colder during winter but you will always have the holiday feeling – even if you travel there for work 😉
To be honest, almost all of the Jumeriah Hotels provide great fitness facilities. This hotel group exactly knows how it is to travel as a fitness addict. And also in this case, the Jumairah Al Qasr provides really everything you can imagine from a Hotel Gym. Even more, I personally think this gym is bigger than my gym in my hometown.
Located on 1.2 miles of private beach, 5-star Jumeirah Al Qasr offers extensive landscaped grounds with canal-style waterways, rooms with furnished private balconies and a seafood restaurant suspended over the Arabian Gulf. Jumeirah Al Qasr's spacious rooms overlook the Arabian Gulf or hotel grounds. A private dressing area, walk-in rain shower and antique furnishings are standard in all rooms. Guests relaxing on Jumeirah Al Qasr’s private, sandy beach are offered free fresh fruit and cool towels. Talise Spa features overwater treatment rooms. Other on-site amenities include a large pool complex with dedicated children’s areas and a marble lobby lounge with palm trees.
This Hotel offers the fitness amenities you desire to maintain your wellness regimen during your travels. There is everything you can imagine for holistic, heart-racing workouts, including Matrix cardio machines with built-in entertainment screens and an ultramodern circuit-training and strength studio. For a curated workout experience, you can even request a 1-1 personal training session or join an invigorating group class of spinning, yoga or kickboxing in our professional-style ring. After pushing your body to its limits, reward yourself with a thirst-quenching beverage or refuelling snack from our on-site health bar.
This 5-star retreat is just 1.2 mi from Deira City. It has 4 swimming pools and 18 restaurants and bars for guests to choose from. All the rooms at Le Méridien Dubai Hotel & Conference Center are luxuriously furnished with floor-to-ceiling windows and 32-inch LCD TVs. The bathrooms include rainforest showers and bathrobes and slippers. The wide variety of on-site restaurants cater to every taste, from wood-fired oven pizzas at Casa Mia to Teppanyaki prepared at your table at Kiku. Enter a sanctuary of rejuvenation at Natural Elements Spa to discover holistic wonders that revitalize your body, mind and spirit. The Deira City Center Shopping Mall is 1.2 mi from Le Méridien Dubai Hotel & Conference Center, and the Gold Souk (Gold Market) is 5 mi away.
Nearly 30 top Life Fitness cardio machines and a wide variety of weight training equipment are on hand for optimal full body workout. The Gym is open 24 hours and you even will find certified trainers.
Occupying a beach front location, Four Seasons Resort Dubai at Jumeirah Beach is a luxurious 5-star resort featuring free WiFi in all areas, a private beach, 2 outdoor swimming pools and a lavish spa. Burj Khalifa and the Dubai Fountain are a 15-minute drive away. All rooms and suites at Four Seasons Resort Dubai are decorated in a modern style with a touch of Arabic elegance. Each suite includes a living area with a flat-screen TV and a dining area. PlayStation/Xbox are available upon request. The hotel also offers 2 tennis courts and a jogging track by the beach. There are special programs for younger guests designed to engage their minds in a casual, fun environment. In-house guests can enjoy the exclusivity and privacy of the cabanas and day villas. The Four Seasons Resort is 20 km from Palm Jumeirah and Dubai International Airport. Mall of the Emirates is 20 minutes away by car. Gold Souk is 10 km from the property. Jumeirah Beach is one of the most famous beaches in Dubai.
With the outbreak of COVID-19, travel has essentially been shut down. Those who frequently traveled to their favorite places in Singapore, London or New York might found themselves struggling to find a regular time for their workouts. Now it looks like there is all the time in the world for some home exercise, but of course your favorite hotel gym is not available. Yet, now it can seem like working out at home is even more of a drag. Instead, let’s look at some of the aspects that can make workouts at home better than expected.
It is important to take a positive mindset in this stressful time. While it can be nice to workout while travelling, working out at home can provide other advantages. It gives a sense of familiarity with the environment and the workout regime. Working out from home can really give you a new routine to bring the next time that you do travel to a hotel gym. The more you familiarize yourself with a routine, the more natural it becomes. Even though we aren’t travelling anymore, it is important to keep up the activity. No matter where you are, staying active is key #NeverSkipAWorkout.
Working out from home also keeps you protected from the COVID-19 virus. In Europe, the recommended distance between two people is between 1.5 (4.9 ft) and 2 meters (6.5 ft). Keeping this distance in a regular gym can prove to be quite the challenge. When you work out at home, you can keep your entire focus on the exercise at hand rather than what others may be doing and if they keep the distance required. Once this finally subsides and you can get back to travelling around and using the gyms at your favorite hotels, this won’t be an issue anymore.
One of the best ways to get yourself motivated is the use of music. You can listen to what you want, at the volume you want. No more need for headphones, which can be misplaced or lost at a public gym. You can also get away with singing whatever you want at home - even ABBA’s Dancing Queen.
What should be kept in mind is that all the exercise in the world will prove ineffective without the right eating habits. If you want to look good, applying 80 percent of your focus to eating right. Those who travel and solely eat in hotel lounges are at a disadvantage. If you bring the good diet you formed at home to a hotel gym once the pandemic lifts, that’s a pretty big advantage.
Until you can go back to your favorite hotel with the best gyms in Barcelona, Miami or San Diego, it is important to make the most of your time at home. Everyone is looking forward to the end of the pandemic. It will arrive at some point. No pandemic lasts forever. But in the meantime, there is no reason to miss out on workouts while at home. Instead, get your summer body in shape and plan your next vacation. And here on HotelGyms.com we have the hotels with the best gyms.
Michel from the HotelGyms Team
Many people love to travel. It breaks up the monotony of ordinary life into a nice little adventure that can be remembered for a lifetime. However, travelling does come with one major disadvantage. If you have a regular exercise routine, these breaks disrupt that cycle and can make it tough to get back into it. That’s where we come in. HotelGyms.com was founded in order to find the gym capabilities of any and all hotel locations around any vacation or travel spot.
Our founder Ronny is the one who came up with this vision. He figured that those who are serious about their health deserve to be able to continue it while enjoying the benefits of travelling. So, he figured that a site where one could locate a hotel and see what kinds of options there were in terms of working out would be quite helpful to these people. It is unfortunately common to see really nice hotels have terrible gyms simply because they aren’t often used. Staying healthy is one of the most important things those who travel frequently can do, as it really does take a toll on our bodies. To quote Ronny on his idea, “My goal is to provide a hotel fitness guide which allows our customers to have a great workout experience while traveling.” We have adopted this as our mission statement and everything we do aligns with it.
Of course, Ronny couldn’t do it alone and he evangelized the idea to his friends who then helped him launch the site. Roland (not to be confused with Ronny) is the co-founder, and our specialist in finance. Everybody eeds to keep an eye on the expense book and Roland is our man to that task and does it well. Then there’s Michel, who keeps the technical side of the site secure, while also being the travel bee. Michel is a traveler by heart any by traveling the world, he confirms the states of the various gyms in these hotels. Meanwhile Chris is the community manager. He makes sure we stay connected to our users and keeps an eye that we are headed in the direction that the most people want. Last but not least, we have our youngster Manuel who takes care of our social media and online marketing.
With our team assembled, we launched our new website in April 2020. Unfortunately, with the onset of COVID-19 and the almost complete shutdown of travel, we could have had better luck with our timing. But these are just another set of challenges that we have to work around in order to provide people with the best possible workout experience at hotel gyms around the world. Even now, we are continuing to release features on a monthly basis. Our two biggest partners that help us support these features are Booking.com and Google.
While there are very interesting time ahead, and we are all awaiting the days when the borders re-open… Just remember: whether you are searching for hotels in New York, Miami or Singapore, make sure to consult with us to see if the hotels you are looking at have the appropriate gym for your health needs. And never skip a Workout!
Your HotelGyms Team