May 7, 2013 at 9:08 AM
Portland, Victoria hotels help guests stay in shape
On a vacation or business trip it’s way too easy to indulge in unhealthy foods and abandon a fitness routine.
The solution: Find a hotel with a decent fitness center or pool big enough so you actually can swim lengths. Or pack your running shoes and hit the streets.
Some hotels in the Pacific Northwest and B.C. this spring are starting to help guests stay in shape with free guided runs and bikes to use.
At the luxurious Heathman Hotel in Portland, the general manager, Chris Erickson, will lead guests on a run through downtown every Tuesday morning at 7 a.m., starting May 14. Erickson is a marathon runner, but he won’t set a punishing pace or length: runs will be about four miles.
Anyone staying at the Heathman can join the run, but those buying the hotel’s Run with the GM package get some extras. For $259, it includes a deluxe room on the Monday night; post-run 12 oz. juice delivered to the room; in-room breakfast from the hotel’s “Running Menu”; and 500 frequent flier miles from any of the hotel’s participating airline partners (including Alaska Airlines). The hotel also will donate $20 for each package purchased to One Fund Boston to help those affected by the Boston Marathon bombings.
In Victoria, B.C., the stylish Hotel Grand Pacific is providing bikes for its guests so they can freewheel around the city. Four bikes will be available, with helmets and locks, first-come, first-served (guests can use them for up to four hours). Victoria is an easy, pleasant city for bicycling (see my Seattle Times article about biking in Victoria) with waterfront bike routes and dedicated bike trails. The Hotel Grand Pacific is ideally situated for bikers (and walkers), right on the city’s Inner Harbour next to the B.C. Parliament Buildings (discounted spring rates start at $144 a night).
If you don’t like to bike, hotel guests have free access to the on-site Victoria Athletic Club, with a 25-meter pool (yes, you can do those laps) and “Eco-Fit” equipment. As you work out on the elliptical or bikes, the energy you create is harnessed and fed back to the city’s electricity grid. Go green as you sweat.
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