Luxury fitness and gym company, Equinox, is once again pushing the boundaries with its first-ever Equinox Hotel in New York City’s Hudson Yards, which opened earlier this month.
For over 25 years, Equinox Hotel has pushed the boundaries of the health and fitness landscape across the United States, Canada and London. A leader in ‘luxury lifestyle’, the brand architected the ‘fitness as lifestyle’ movement and each gym has state-of-the-art equipment, world-class trainers and wellness-focused amenities, from cold eucalyptus towels to Kiehl’s hair and body products in the bathrooms.
Its hotel will follow this same holistic approach, bringing wellness, luxury and travel together. The idea is to create a high-performance setting with optimal sleeping conditions: the rooms are completely soundproofed with a total-blackout window system, and have COCO-MAT all-natural fibre mattresses that adapt to individual body shapes. The bedding from Matouk Luxury Linens was created exclusively for the hotel line.
The culinary offerings include Electric Lemon from restaurateur Stephen Starr, which enjoys a 774-square-metre outdoor terrace overlooking Manhattan, while in-room dining takes a healthy approach – taking into account which ingredients are best eaten at what time of day. Designed in collaboration with the experts on Equinox’s Health Advisory Board, the menu goes beyond food, with guests also having access to in-room, on-demand IV vitamin drips for an extra boost of energy or hydration.
Of course, the gym is a highlight. Designed by Hong Kong’s Joyce Wang – whose past projects include Mott 32 and The Landmark, Mandarin Oriental – there is a 5,574-square-metre Equinox Fitness Club, as well as E by Equinox, an exclusive area for guests to work out with their personal trainer, join Pilates classes and enjoy other bespoke member experiences. The space will also include an indoor saltwater pool, hot and cold plunge pools and an outdoor pool for more relaxed swimming.
The Spa will complement the hotel’s offerings with a focus on regeneration and recovery with a menu comprising spa signatures such as massages, facials and beauty treatments, as well as items such as body wraps and reflexology.
Following its New York debut, the brand will expand to two Californian cities – Los Angeles and Santa Clara – and Chicago, Seattle and Houston.