Equinox Opens First Hotel in New York City

Equinox opens first hotel
(Photo by Collin Hughes and courtesy of Equinox.) The Equinox Hotel's 60,000-square-foot health club space features multiple group studios, a saltwater lap pool, two plunge pools, a spa with cryotherapy and an infrared sauna, and a 15,000-square-foot-outdoor leisure pool and sundeck (pictured here).

After more than a decade of planning and development, Equinox Holdings Inc., New York, has opened its first hotel concept at New York City's new Hudson Yards development on Manhattan's far west side.

The Equinox Hotel, located at 33 Hudson Yards, spans floors 24 to 38 of a 92-story building, whose upper floors will feature condominiums and whose lower floors will be home to Equinox’s corporate headquarters. It opened to the public on July 15. (See inside by viewing this gallery.)

The hotel offers 212 rooms and 48 suites. Overnight rates start at $700 per night and can cost as much as $4,000, according to Equinox Hotels' website.

Rooms include magnesium-based sleep supplements, a minibar with 70-plus health-conscious food items and a proprietary blind system that blocks natural light, according to the website. Guests also can consult with certified behavioral sleep specialists during their stay.

“A lot of hotels are trying to go into wellness-fitness, but we’re the only fitness company going into hotels at this scale,” Equinox Hotels CEO Christopher Norton recently told The New York Times. “They’re putting treadmills in rooms, pull-up bars in bathrooms, but we believe that fitness happens in the club and the room is for regeneration.”

One of the building's highlights is its 60,000-square-foot Equinox-branded health club. The club space is the largest Equinox has developed to date and features multiple group studios, a saltwater lap pool, two plunge pools, a spa with cryotherapy and an infrared sauna, and a 15,000-square-foot-outdoor leisure pool and sundeck, according to an Equinox media release.

One of the club's group cardio offerings is the Vessel Run, in which instructors lead runners to the top of the Vessel, a large, interconnected system of staircase at Hudson Yards.

Stephen Starr, a James Beard Award-winning restaurateur, also opened the Electric Lemon restaurant on the building’s 24th floor.

Equinox’s parent entity, The Related Companies, is the primary developer of Hudson Yards.

“Equinox architected the ‘fitness as lifestyle’ conversation and has always defined trends rather than following them, which is why we selected Hudson Yards as the site for our 100th club,” Harvey Spevak, Equinox’s executive chairman and managing partner, said in the release. “Equinox Hudson Yards is a true culmination of our brand promise, representing our ongoing commitment to innovation and the future of the brand’s trailblazing point of view both inside and outside the four walls of our fitness clubs.”

Equinox ranked No. 4 on Club Industry's Top 100 Health Clubs of 2018 list with $1.3 billion in 2017 revenue.

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