Equinox Hotel New York

New York City

Artful relaxation from a wellness giant in the city that never sleeps

The USP: Health and wellbeing. This Hudson Yards address is the inaugural hotel from luxury fitness brand, Equinox. The hotel occupies 15 floors of the tallest building in the Hudson Yards development and the vibe is light, airy and elegant. Every detail has been assessed to ensure guests leave the hotel healthier than when they arrived. Case in point? Air is filtered by medical-grade equipment throughout the hotel.

How am I sleeping? Well. The hotel has ambitions to improve guests’ rest via king-sized COCO-MAT beds, all-natural bed linens and remotely operated blackout curtains. Room temperatures can be transfigured via an in-room tablet to ensure optimal sleeping conditions at 19 degrees Celsius and there’s no noise, thanks to intense soundproofing. Face masks and sleep supplements are provided alongside an upscale minibar. In-room dining, meanwhile, offers immunity-optimised menus.

Perfect for gym bunnies: This being a fitness-first project, the health and wellbeing programme is first-class. The flagship Equinox gym covers 60,000 sq ft: a vast temple to exercise. Hotel guests are made temporary club members, with access to the state-of-the-art fitness equipment, group classes, personal fitness sessions, four pools, a spa, sun deck and Soul Cycle studio. At The Spa by Equinox Hotels, guests sequester themselves into sitting pods while waiting for therapists to arrive to start a veritable smorgasbord of wellbeing solutions. IV drips, quantum harmonics sessions, body sculpting and cryotherapy to name a few.

Any dietary requirements? With its full-height windows and sultry design, Electric Lemon is a hedonistic hangout from restaurateur Stephen Starr with a health kick. Chef Michael Navarrete serves up seasonal menus throughout the day, with dinner highlights of prawns over heirloom rice, and ginger-spiked crab. For a post-prandial drink, grab a cocktail from the bar and head out onto the 8,000 sq ft terrace to lounge between sofas and sculptures, with views of the sunset over the Hudson. Breakfasts, also served here, are similarly health-minded, with options of egg-white omelettes and buckwheat pancakes. The Broken Coconut, beside the health centre, also serves morning smoothies, fresh pressed juices and poke bowls.

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