Sheraton Palo AltoBronze
Palo Alto, CA 94301
Area: Palo Alto
Price: Moderately Expensive
|Treadmills||2 Life Fitness, 1 Old|
|Recumbent Bike||1 Life Fitness|
|Elliptical||2 Life Fitness|
Similar to its sister Westin property next door (both are in the Starwood family), this Sheraton will please non-exercising guests, but athletic-minded travelers should plan on performing any significant workout off-site. Sheraton's grey-floored and musty smelling fitness center is divided into two spaces by a center wall. Two treadmills are new Life Fitness models, but the third tread is old and hardly workable. Both ellipticals are young and have televisions attached. Cyclists will need to ride in a reclined position--no uprights here. Strength options are very limited. You'll have to get creative with your muscle-pump routine as only a 5-50 lbs. dumbbell set is in the house. This "gym" will suffice for a quick 15-20 minute tune up, but any serious sweat session should be performed at the nearby Form Fitness ($20 admission, 5-minute walk). Lap swimmers should plan on driving 5-10 minutes to the Rinconada Pool ($5). Fortunately for joggers, the Stanford U. campus offers multiple challenging and delightful run routes. Main Campus Drive, the 400-meter track, and the "Dish Run" are the three best bets. Sheraton's hotel layout is unique. Instead of one midrise or highrise structure, its 360+ guest quarters meander around koi ponds, green landscape and an outdoor pool in multiple separate buildings. While you'll never mistake the lush grounds for Hawaii, Sheraton does a good job creating a resort-like feel in the midst of urban Palo Alto. Inside the rooms, Sheraton's Sweet SleeperÂ® beds almost guarantee a sound night's sleep while balconies with sliding-glass doors provide ample natural light and plenty of fresh air. High speed internet is accessible for a fee and 37-inch flat screen televisions display programming entertainment.