It seems almost all hotel customers really pay much attention to the shape of their bodies.
It is reflected from what was said by Vivian A. Deuschl of the The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company. Probably the biggest request we get from guests is fitness equipment, she said. Besides getting their work done, it’s the biggest preoccupation of business travelers, so we try to make fitness available on any basis they request.
Fitness facilities can be the best choice for those who are experiencing jet lag and want to work out to adjust the time. It can also be a great way to reduce the stresses and strains from a business meeting held in the hotel. Deuschl stated that the demand of yoga mats and Pilates DVDs is high among the other in-room fitness facilities. However, the options are not limited to those two in-room fitness options.
She said folding recumbent bikes and folding treadmills are available on request. “The only things we can’t bring to the rooms are heavy weights,” she added. Many women who stay at the hotel on business trip prefer the in-room fitness facilities because they do not want to exercise in a public room where they do not even know their names. Besides business women travelers, celebrities also often ask for the facilities.
Deuschl informed that the standard facilities at general luxury hotels include gym clothes and shoes (hygienic), disposable insoles and jogging in the morning led by staff. A personal trainer is available if you request in advance.
The COO of Kimpton chain hotel group, Niki Leondakis, said the company has made available a 24 hour yoga channel classes in the room and a pack of yoga equipment since 2003. There is obviously a change in the people’s way of life if we take a look into the history. As stated by Leondakis, 20 years ago it was all about wine, dine and work. Now, people are looking at the balance of life and work in a “more integrated way”.