Hilton Launches Five Feet to Fitness
Hotelier teams with Aktiv on wellness-focused room type
Hilton has unveiled a new wellness-centric guest room concept that features 11 different in-room fitness equipment and accessory offerings. The company’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.”
Dubbed Five Feet to Fitness, each of the new accommodations is 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 touch screen 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.
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“A guest room that combines a sleep and fully integrated fitness experience delivers an impressive new dimension of convenience and personalization,” 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 wellness-focused amenities as a meditation chair designed for mindfulness, blackout shades for restorative sleep and Biofreeze to ease muscle tension.
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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, Home2, as well as its focused-service brands, such as Hilton Garden Inn, Hampton and Tru (the latter of which recently debuted its first property).