Can Your Hotel Make You Healthier? Budget-friendly hotels are now offering extras aimed at promoting health, from vitamin-infused showers to rent-able workout gear.
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High-end lodgings have flaunted wellness programs for years -- health food on speed dial at the Trump Chicago, say, and power naps stimulated by wave technology at Miami Edition. "But for those of us who pay our own bills, I'd like to see health not so much an afterthought," says Jayne McAllister, author of Mile High & Healthy. We're in luck: Budget-friendly hotels are catching up.
Location: Norwalk, Conn.; Rockville, Md.; two in New York. Seattle, Miami and Omaha are coming soon.
Rates: Starting at $199
Health boost: It's the first major hotel brand built around wellness. Each room has a "fitness zone" -- with cork flooring and exercise equipment -- for in-room workouts, and the beds are covered in breathable eucalyptus linens. Order room service: The menu is a kale-fest.
Biz extras: Free wi-fi, ample electrical outlets and ergonomic room desks.
Guilty pleasure: Cocktails and parfaits at the lobby restaurant.