I recently spent a night at the Equinox Hotel in Manhattan's Hudson Yards neighborhood.
Equinox is primarily known for its ultra-luxe, high-cost fitness clubs. Its hotel opened in 2019.
With a spa, gym, and wellness-focused rooms, Equinox Hotel is a haven for ambitious travelers.
Since moving to New York City, I've looked at Equinox with a sense of longing.
The chain of fitness clubs is one of the nicest in the city, where memberships cost hundreds of dollars — a stark comparison to the $20 I pay for a gym in Brooklyn. With high-end amenities and locations around the city, Equinox is a place for highly ambitious, fitness-focused people to see and be seen.
The same goes for its hotel.
I stayed in one of the hotel's "Deluxe City View Guest Rooms," which starts at around $995 per night. Business Insider paid a press rate of $495 for this stay.
Take a look inside my swanky, wellness-focused room.
Located in Manhattan's Hudson Yards neighborhood, the hotel is Equinox's first foray into the hospitality industry.
According to its website, Equinox was founded in 1991 and has over 100 clubs worldwide.
The hotel, however, is the first of its kind. Located in Hudson Yards, one of Manhattan's newest neighborhoods, the luxury hotel is steps away from the Vessel, a flashy art installation. It's also near the High Line, a public park built along an elevated railroad track.
Having never been to Hudson Yards, I was surprised by how much I liked the area.
The hotel's front desk and concierge are on the 25th floor, giving guests a glimpse of what they're in for.
Equinox Hotel is located inside 35 Hudson Yards, a 92-story residential building with retail stores at its base. On the ground level, there's a SoulCycle, Starbucks, and, of course, the entrance to the hotel.
I was admittedly a bit confused when I stepped into the hotel's first floor, which was virtually empty, with just a long entryway leading to an elevator. But a doorman directed me to the 25th floor, where I could check in.
The sky-high lobby, with a swanky seating area and city views, gives guests an idea of what their room will be like.
After checking in, I headed to my room: A deluxe city-view guest room on the 30th floor.
When I opened the door to my room, the lights softly turned on, and the automated window shades opened.
Stepping inside, I found a modern, high-end living area with more space than expected from a New York City hotel room.
My room had an impressive view of Manhattan.
I couldn't have asked for a better view. Because of Manhattan's density, some hotels' and apartments' windows look straight into another building.
I could see much of the city from my room, including 30 Hudson Yards. Finished in 2019, the skyscraper is home to The Edge, a popular observation deck and tourist destination.
The room was stocked to the brim with goodies: One drawer was filled with eye masks, serums, and other fancy items.
The room came stocked with dozens of health and self-care items, like face masks and serums, many of which I didn't even know how to use. These goodies weren't free; if you opened or removed them, they would be charged to your room.
I didn't end up using any wellness items, but I loved that the option was there.
I found CBD oil, teas promoting sleep and immunity, and collagen supplements inside a cabinet.
Again, these items weren't complimentary, but I loved having the option to use them.
In line with its wellness-centered branding, it also came with fitness supplies like a foam roller and yoga mat.
Some things did come complimentary with the room, including a drawer full of fitness equipment.
Guests can use the room's yoga mat, blocks, foam roller, and ball to massage sore muscles. I thought it was a nice touch and was excited to use the foam roller before bed.
The room also had one of the nicest coffee and cocktail bars I've ever seen.
This isn't your average mini bar. The little bar in my room came with cocktails from Via Carota, an Italian restaurant in Manhattan's West Village, often buzzing with A-list stars like Taylor Swift.
For the morning, there were four different espresso pods to choose from, as well as a handful of different teas.
There were lots of upscale snacks to purchase.
The only thing I was surprised by was that there weren't any protein bars or shakes in the room — I imagined that in such a fitness-centered hotel, there would be a plethora of high-protein snacks and drinks to choose from.
Still, the snacks that were offered were at least on the healthy side, and there was a good variety, which I appreciated. Like most hotel-room food, eating it would cost you.
The room also came equipped with two robes and two pairs of slippers.
I love cozying up in a robe, so this was a nice touch.
I fell in love with the bed, which uses the "Scandinavian Sleep Method."
The "Scandinavian Sleep Method," as Business Insider previously reported, involves using two comforters or duvets instead of one.
I thought it was a clever idea, as it allows you to share a bed without battling for the comforter. And because I was traveling solo, I got to use both — making my sleep feel extra luxurious.
A bedside tablet controls the room's temperature, lighting, and window shades.
Using the tablet located conveniently on the bedside table, I could control all my room's settings.
One of the most interesting actions the tablet can control is called "Dark. Quiet. Cool," which dims the lights and drops the room's temperature. The button brings the room to "the optimal sleep environment," per Equinox Hotel's website.
One of the coolest things about the room was its shower — with the press of a button, you can change the glass from clear to opaque.
Want to shower with a view of the Manhattan skyline? You can keep the shower glass clear, giving you an unrestricted view of your room and the city beyond it.
However, if you're looking for more privacy, you can flip a switch, fogging the glass and obscuring the city view.
I'd never seen anything like this before, and loved the idea of showering while looking out at the city — but I also appreciated the option for more privacy.
All in all, I thought my one-night stay was totally worth it — and I wish I could have stayed longer.
I love fitness and taking care of my health, but sometimes get so caught up in life that it takes a back seat.
Staying at the Equinox Hotel gave me an idea of what my life would be like if my wellness was at the forefront, 24/7 — and I absolutely loved it.
Its smart attention to details (optimized sleep, healthy snacks, and in-room fitness equipment) made me feel healthier, even if just for a day.
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