The beginning of the year is usually when we think about trimming a few inches off our waist, especially after the holidays. Staying in a hotel can cause travelers to stray from their normal exercise routine. So plan ahead, and stay at 1 of these Oyster.com top hotel picks. We hope that seeing celebrities work out near these hotels will keep you motivated.
The 300-room Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, an LA landmark, is a luxe, hip hotel that’s just a 10-minute walk from 1 entrance to Runyon Canyon Park. Josh Duhamel and his wife, Fergie, are often spotted jogging together. Other celeb joggers include Sean Penn, Khloe Kardashian Odom, Lamar Odom and Owen Wilson. As for the hotel, its center is a massive pool -- perfect for a post-workout dip -- a bar and a casual restaurant that’s open for 24 hours. Service is surprisingly good, but the rooms, though well designed, are smaller than average.
It’s not an icon like the Plaza or the Pierre, but so what? Located across Columbus Circle from Central Park, the Mandarin Oriental offers a dizzying array of modern luxuries – a 75-foot pool, one of the city’s best spas, sweeping views from nearly every common area (and some rooms have Central Park views), and superb on-site fine-dining options – all while upholding traditional values and outstanding service. For those traveling on a budget, the Excelsior Hotel on the Upper West Side is just a block from Central Park as well. The Park is a popular spot for working out. Keep your eyes peeled for fit celebs, including Chris Noth, Heidi Klum, Gywneth Paltrow and Mark Ruffalo.
Hotel Ocean is only a 30-minute drive from Malibu. This Santa Monica hotel more than compensates for its lack of on-site features -- no spa, a long walk to the beach -- with great design in its large rooms, a welcoming atmosphere cultivated by personal service and a relaxed, low-key vibe unmatched by its luxury rivals Fairmont Miramar, Shutters on the Beach, and Casa Del Mar. Star gazers may spot David Beckham and Gerard Butler riding the surf at Malibu Beach. Matthew McConaughey, Will Farrell, Ed Helms, John Cryer and Tiffani Thiessen are a few celebs that participated in the Nautica Malibu Triathlon.
Avid spinners Kelly Ripa, Anderson Cooper, Brooke Shields, Katie Holmes and Jake Gyllenhall have been spotted at Soul Cycle, an upbeat spin class that combines top-notch, top-40 remixes with hardcore instructors. Classes are pricey. One of the Soul Cycle studios is located near the W Hotel’s 270-room Union Square property. It has comfortable beds, modern rooms, an excellent gym and plenty of business travelers in the butterfly-decorated lobby. Street noise penetrates the walls, even on the 11th floor. If you’re looking to save a few bucks on accommodations, then the Union Square Inn is a budget option, but you get what you pay for.
Built on a former elevated railroad track, the High Line Park was instantly popular after its opening in 2009. It’s no surprise that the High Line is a celeb hot spot. Kevin Bacon, Edward Norton, Amanda Peet, Glenn Close, Hilary Clinton, and Martha Stewart and many others made significant donations towards the renewal project. The Standard New York hovers above the High Line. This one-of-a-kind hotel, located in the NYC’s Meatpacking District, offers 337 light-flooded, ultra-mod rooms with panoramic views of the city. It has 1 restaurant, several popular bars and excellent service. Plenty of celebs have been spotted here, too, including Chelsea Handler, Justin Timberlake, Mila Kunis and Kanye West.