Hold the pillow mint, send up the yoga mat
By Dorene Internicola
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Room service? I'd like to order a treadmill.
Hotel chains are delivering everything from yoga videos to recumbent bicycles to guests who prefer to work out their jet lag, or shape up for that business meeting, in the privacy of their rooms.
"Probably fitness equipment is the biggest request we get from guests," said Vivian A. Deuschl of the The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company. "It's the biggest preoccupation of business travelers besides getting their work done, so we try to make fitness available on any basis they ask for."
In-room fitness options aren't limited to Pilates DVDs and yoga mats, although both are in high demand at most of the company's 78 hotels worldwide, according to Deuschl.
"We do folding treadmills and folding recumbent bikes," she explained. "The only things we can't bring to the rooms are heavy weights."
She said women business travelers are particularly keen on exercising their in-room options.
"Just as a lot of women don't like to sit by themselves in a restaurant, a lot of them don't want to work out in a room full of strangers," she said.
Celebrities also tend to prefer their rooms to fitness facilities open to a curious public. Continued...