Boutique Design - September 2017 - 15
C O U R T E S Y O F H I LT O N
HILTON HOTELS ROLLING OUT
IN-ROOM EXERCISE SPACES
Guests at a growing number of Hilton hotels can get in a workout without
leaving their rooms. The hotelier has unveiled a new wellness-centric guest
room concept, dubbed Five Feet to Fitness, which features 11 different in-room
fitness equipment and accessory offerings. Hilton's in-house design team partnered with Aktiv Solutions, a unit of Fitness Ventures Intl. LLC that specializes
in designing training spaces and health clubs, to create the room type.
"We know that no matter how determined people are about making healthy
decisions while at home, the ability to replicate those choices are often not as
accessible as they should be while traveling," says Ryan Crabbe, senior director,
global wellness at Hilton. "We're creating choice and control for guests to drive
their own fitness experience."
The Five Feet to Fitness accommodations are home to an indoor bike from
British cycling brand Wattbike, as well as Gym Rax, a training station designed
for strength, core, suspension and High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) workouts. The rooms also feature Fitness Kiosk, a touchscreen display embedded
within the Gym Rax system that provides access to equipment tutorials and
guided workout routines. As part of that program, Aktiv and Hilton developed
more than 200 videos in categories ranging from cardio, cycling, endurance,
strength and HIIT to yoga, stretch and recovery.
"A guest room that combines a good night's sleep and a fully integrated fitness
experience delivers an impressive new dimension of convenience and personal-
ization," says Crabbe. "Five Feet to Fitness has been thoughtfully engineered to
serve as a guest's personal wellness stage. Guests will quickly realize we have
gone much further than simply placing a piece of equipment in a room."
In addition to workout gear, the accommodations offer such wellnessfocused amenities as a meditation chair designed for mindfulness, blackout
shades for restorative sleep and Biofreeze to ease muscle tension.
So far, Five Feet to Fitness has launched at Parc 55 San Francisco-a Hilton
Hotel in California and Hilton McLean Tysons Corner in Virginia. Hilton plans
to roll out the rooms across its full-service category first-including its Hilton
Hotels & Resorts, DoubleTree and Curio Collection brands. But the company
says other categories will follow, including its all-suites flags such as Embassy
Suites, Homewood Suites, and Home2, as well as its focused-service brands,
such as Hilton Garden Inn, Hampton and Tru.