Travelers rarely have the opportunity to sample a city's most exclusive health club for free. When we get the chance, we jump all over it! So, too, should guests staying at The Bellevue Hotel, who are granted complimentary access to this adjoining 93,000 square foot awe-inspiring facility. While the enormous size can be intimidating, the club's multi-level atrium floor plan is extremely well-organized with an NBA sized basketball court on the lowest level and huge surrounding balconies on the way up (think rectangle with the middle cut out). An indoor track, weight and cardio areas, racquet sport courts, and a café/juice bar are offered on the upper levels.
Sporting Club's fitness floor is adorned with a ton of the industry's latest technology and exercise favorites. Those wishing to push their anaerobic threshold can choose among more than 20 treadmills, nearly 20 recumbent bikes, around 15 ellipticals, a dozen upright bikes, and seven 4400 PT series Stairmaster Free Climbers, many of which have individual plasma televisions. The club's weight selection is just as strong with close to 50 stack-loaded weight stations, 15 Hammer Strength machines, 8 benches, 2 squat racks, and plenty of other equipment. Over 90 group exercise classes are offered, so those looking for strength in numbers will find it here.
Swimmers are included in the fun. Sporting Club's 25-meter competition-level lap pool is easily the best around. Fins, kickboards, pull-buoys, and a pace clock sit on deck of this 4-lane beauty containing floating lines and bottom stripes. A Masters program is even available from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. (call to confirm time). We could easily spend all day here, especially given the fully stocked plush locker rooms and spa services. Only Bellevue Hotel guests get the freebie, for all others it's $50 for a day pass.
*8th Floor Parking Garage Entrance