High-intensity health hits Manhattan.
While the hive-like interactive artwork known as Vessel and the telescoping shell of The Shed performance venue may seem like NYC’s latest Instagram stars, Hudson Yards’ Equinox Hotel is the one drawing cut and toned jet-setters to the West Side. The first foray into lodging for Equinox – a brand best known for elite fitness clubs and SoulCycle spin classes – puts its health-focused spin on traditional luxury hotel amenities with a range of holistic services, from in-room IV vitamin drips to a certified sleep coach. Each of the 212 rooms is acoustically insulated and stocked with nutritional supplements to help guests rejuvenate or relax; they also include showers equipped with three shower heads and steam options, plus products that incorporate the scents of fresh herbs grown on the nearby High Line.
Travelers can hit the spa for cryotherapy and quantum harmonics treatments, then head to the 24th floor’s outdoor terrace for Hudson River and Manhattan views while perusing James Beard Award winner Stephen Starr’s menu, which was created with optimal nutrition in mind. And then there’s the gym: At the on-site Equinox Fitness Club – the company’s largest yet, at 60,000 square feet – travelers can sweat during personal training sessions or conquer Vessel’s 154 flights of stairs in one of many fitness classes. Guests can also swim laps in a 25-yard indoor saltwater pool, take a dip in hot and cold plunge pools, or soak up rays at an outdoor pool and terrace. Virtuoso travelers receive a $100 spa credit, personal training session, or two SoulCycle classes.