Product Review: Hotel EVEN

Hotel reviews are rare for me, primarily because they don’t usually relate to running or fitness. However, Hotel EVEN is a fitness boutique hotel and was my first experience with a concept of the sort, so I thought I’d share my experience.

Overall, Hotel EVEN was a great experience and I’d recommend it to anyone looking to stay active on the road. The major drawback is that there are only two open locations right now: Norwalk, CT and Rockville, MD. Two NYC locations are scheduled to open in early 2015.

From the moment you enter the lobby, the hotel has a different feel. There’s a bar of infused waters (all of which were delicious, although Grapefruit Orange was my favorite). The reservations desk is a counter with exercise balls around it. Right on the reservations desk was a handheld map of local running routes. Found my people, where the answer to my first question at any hotel is already printed up.

Perfect after a long, dry car trip.

Perfect after a long, dry car trip.

The rooms are equally fitness focused and each have a workout station including exercise ball, yoga mat and block, foam roller and exercise bands. The rooms are also equipped with a pole to wrap the bands around, a 100+ page book with exercise routines and a fully moveable flatscreen to easily watch 1 of the 15 channels of personalized workout videos filmed with the equipment in the rooms. The only downside of the rooms was that they were a little small for two people and the bathroom had the bizarre feature of a glass door facing the toilet. I’m not THAT close with my Assistant Coach. Beds were comfortable, however, and the rooms were clean.

Motivational statements were everywhere, stairs included.

Motivational statements were everywhere, stairs included.

The piece de resistance, however, was the gym. I’ve run in plenty of hotel gyms over the years and they are usually a shaky treadmill and a half set of old barbells. Not this gym. There were 4 Woodway treadmills ($50,000 investment), 4 Cybex ellipticals, a rowing machine and a authentically full free weights and machine area. There was plenty of space to work out and not bump into other people. Finally, there was an additional room with 6 brand new spin bikes and an enormous flat screen to play Wi or the provided Spin video.

Mighty Joe checking out the treadmill.

Mighty Joe checking out the treadmill.

I didn’t get to try much of the food at the hotel but menu looked more inspired than most hotel restaurants. I did get a coffee and was impressed that they had almost every milk on the market including almond and soy.

All in all, I’d give it a 4.5/5 stars taking points off for the bathroom door and a check-out snafu. For infrastructure and ability to stay relatively fit on the road, however, EVEN knocks it out of the park and I’ll stay there in an instant if given the opportunity.

(No guarantee on rates, but for reference we were there for a Friday night and it was ~$110 per room with 2 beds, free parking, free wireless)

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