New York is a city of chaos and creation. Every year it draws in the world’s greatest minds, creators, schemers and dreamers. The result of all this dynamic action and competition is never-ending turnover; a city that never stays the same, always surprises and pushes ideas further. With so much going on It’s hard to choose what to focus on, but in our guide you can read about incredibly challenging workout studios like Tone House, daytrips out of town to epic mountain climbing range, the ‘gunks’, unparalleled dining at paleo mecca Hu Kitchen, and inspiring runs from Central Park and across the East River. Plenty to keep you busy in a city that always is.
The James Hotel
The wellness offer at the beautifully minimalist James Hotel in Soho is outstanding: extensive spa services, a local guide for healthy eating, exercising and shopping, and personalised running tours. The 24-hour gym grants 17th-floor city views of Manhattan, just as a reminder of what’s waiting for you when your workouts done. While we’re talking views, up on the rooftop with its scenic backdrop, there’s a plunge pool, urban garden terrace and plenty of company at the lively bar. Manhattan is increasingly bike friendly and with complimentary hire of European-style bikes, you really have no excuse not to get out there and enjoy the wind through your hair.
Hotel gyms don’t get much more spacious, well-equipped and downright beautiful than The London’s 24-hour fitness centre. The wood-floored, natural light-filled space offers lots of room to stretch in between using the generous range of cardio machines, free-weights, and Kinesis Wall – a resistance cable based circuit. The West 54th street location is a great setting off point for some New York adventuring. With The London as your base, you’ll easily knock of some key must-sees like MoMa gallery, Fifth Avenue and Central Park (see our run recommendations). Topping it all off are the beautiful room – once uptown residential apartments and elegantly reworked by interior designer David Collins.
Gansevoort Meetpacking District
If one of your key considerations in a hotel is an outstanding rooftop pool, we unreservedly recommend the Gansevoort, Park Avenue. With views towards the Empire State Building, copious sun lounges, and a retro, decorative tiled floor, the pool is a memorable and highly instagrammable spot for a dip – the sort you’d usually have to queue behind a velvet rope for. The hotel also features an excellent gym and the ‘Exhale’ spa which offers a wide range of head-to-toe therapies, massages and award-winning yoga and fitness classes. A little tip: the hotel provides free chauffeured Porsches around Manhattan on a first-come-first-served basis