For one of the largest hotels in downtown Chicago, the 36-story Hyatt Regency does a good job of making you feel wanted and well-served. The accommodations are split into two separate buildings located across the street from one another, and if you're assigned a room in the West tower, getting back and forth to the lobby, hotel bar and restaurant will require more effort, but the fitness center easier! You choose.
Both buildings provide guest quarters that are fairly stylish in contemporary earth tones that are pleasing to the eye. Natural light will perk things up and while views are mostly of neighboring office towers, higher floors may give you a glimpse of Lake Michigan or Grant Park. Leather lounge chairs and ergonomic office chairs host your upright work position, and the baths are tastefully designed with modern features. But, remember, this is a huge, convention-type hotel so you are not going to get boutique amenities nor charm.
When it comes time for your sweat, Hyatt's gym is well stocked and located West Tower. Bring your key for access. Inside, the space is wide open and large, but we wonder if it's large enough for a hotel with 2,019 rooms. Morning/evening rush may cause an occasional wait for a favorite piece of equipment, but we cannot say for sure since we took our tour during a weekday mid-afternoon. Nevertheless, there are quite a few cardio and strength machines on premise and most have a few good miles left in them, though they are not new.
However, if you are still yearning for more, and a "more" that is convenient, Hyatt hooks you up with discounted access to across the street Lakeshore Sport & Fitness ($15). This is a fabulous club with a lap pool, indoor track, climbing wall, boxing studio, yoga classes and more...even a Golf simulator!
Runners should pick up a customized map designed by Athletic-Minded Traveler from the concierge or front desk. It will help you navigate the Lakefront path. For more workout options in the Windy City, peruse our Work Out section for Chicago.