The prevalence of fitness centers, weight rooms, and spa facilities in hotels, both luxury and practical, are more popular than ever, and for a good reason. Health and wellness have become a priority for millions of individuals these days. They even are at the forefront of many people's live, driving purpose, intent, and direction to where people want to spend their time, money, and attention. No wonder hotels are claiming their chunk of the pie!
In all seriousness, the expansion of gyms in the hotel industry was inevitable from both a practical and profitable standpoint. The better the service, the more in demand they become. You may recall an older blog post here about a survey conducted by Accor on this topic: The healthy Lifestyle, how People plan their Travel
However, while hotels may be catching on to this long-lasting trend, a large number of hotel chains are doing a poor job in execution. Sure, they may now have a "gym" facility. But the quality and effectiveness of these facilities are typically not the best. And this is one of the reasons we started HotelGyms.com with its GymFactor label to give you an indication of what you can expect ;-)
Ready for a lesson in the hotel industry? Then keep reading! Let's jump into it.
Wellness Tourism NOT a Trend
Whether you look at the stats and the studies, the wellness industry, and more specifically, wellness tourism, is an ever-growing industry that has no plans of slowing down.
Take a typical vacation, for example. Why do people travel? To release stress, to improve mental well-being, to enjoy life, to come back revitalized. Sadly, many realized that you tend to feel worse upon return from such a classic vacation than when you left. It might also be related to other factors where one parties until they drop, eat until they implode, and virtually let loose in the purest sense of the word.
For that reason and more, many are beginning to convert to a more wellness-based vacation - to experience a total reset of the mind and body. An experience that facilitates growth, through yoga, meditation, fitness, and nutrition. This is where hotel gyms come into play!
Location, Location, Location
That is what they say in real estate, right?! Location is the most important factor of a property... Well, while we may not be talking about real estate, the location of many chain hotels are rural in nature and largely distant from the closest (external) gym. Add the fact that many travelers are of the mind to exercise and remain healthy and fit, and the idea of gyms in hotels was born! Ok, maybe it was not that simple, but you get the point!
Let us take a closer look at business travel; those travelers often reside in hotels outside of the city, near the airport, and distant from locations where (external) gyms are traditionally located. Hotels located close to well-equipped gyms may simply offer their guests a free pass to that gym instead. For the others, it made to have a hotel gym; it is practical, profitable, and at the end of the day, who can argue that it does not beef-up the total packaged experience?!
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Hotels have gyms so guests can continue their workout routines while traveling. And some hotels have invested a lot to build a great gym experience. The hotel industry finally understood people who work out every day will not stay in a hotel that forces them to miss a workout. And we believe you should not have to make compromises. There are plenty of great options available in almost every city #NeverSkipAWorkout. To find what hotels have the best gyms check out our GymFactor label on HotelGyms.com!