Crowne Plaza Auburn Hills is one of the more athletic-minded options in this popular business-travel area. All of the 190 rooms are simply designed, and include speaker phones, free WiFi, 32" HD LCD television, full-size ironing boards, irons, hair dryer, and a coffee maker. Request a room on Crowne’s “Quiet Zone” floor to ensure nightly peace (Sunday-Thursday).
In terms of workout machine quantity, it tops the local hotel list, sporting 8 cardio and 6 strength pieces. All are in good-working order, however, a few of the cardio apparatus are older models. Best among the collection are the newer Star Trac treadmill, a Life Fitness elliptical, and two Star Trac upright bikes. Dumbbells have made their way into the fitness space, along with the previously-mentioned multigym. The gym space itself is appealing with bright light and a higher than average ceiling. 24/7 operation also shows that management understands the plight of busy travelers who like to sweat at all times of the day/night.
If you have a car, take the 10-minute drive to Great Lakes Athletic Club. You'll be treated to a full-service fitness club with an indoor and outdoor lap pool. GLAC is $20/day or $39/week. A little closer to the hotel is Xceleration Fitness, a unique training studio that incorporates boot camp-style workouts in a turf-filled environment. It's worth trying, since the first visit is free.
Runners and walkers should consider an outdoor jaunt instead of a treadmill trek. As part of Crowne’s “Wellness Station," custom route maps are provided (created by Athletic-Minded Traveler) with directions to the nearby Oakland University. Just ask the concierge!
Post-workout recovery options on-site include an indoor pool, dry sauna, and hot tub.