Embassy Suites Santa ClaraSilver
Santa Clara, CA 95054
Area: Santa Clara
Price: Moderately Expensive
|Recumbent Bike||1 Precor|
|Lap/Not Lap||Not Lap|
|Extras||Hot tub, Stretch cords, Workout sticks|
Embassys across the country often receive high marks from us because they spoil guests with complimentary cook-to-order breakfasts, "manager's receptions" which include a free cocktail and snacks, spacious rooms, and impressive workout facilities. This particular Embassy Suites located near Yahoo!'s corporate offices is no exception.
Before eating your healthy egg white omelet and fruit, burn a few calories inside the first floor gym. The sweat space here is larger than typically found at most hotel properties, a wall divides two workout areas. The cardio equipment is impressive too. Enviable choices are extended to athletic-minded guests via Precor's top-of-the-line treadmills, ellipticals and recumbent bikes, all with personal televisions attached. We prefer upright bikes to recumbents, so we came away a tad disappointed by the lack of a "sit-up" option. Unfortunately, strength buffs are not treated equitably. A 5-50lbs. dumbbell set is the only muscle-pump vehicle. More weight options are available at the exclusive Decathlon Club, about 5-minutes drive from the hotel.
Lap swimmers should also plan on driving to Decathlon Club for its 4-lane x 25-yard outdoor water box. Access costs a steep $20, but it's the only convenient alternative.