I stayed at the 'fittest hotel on Earth.' After just a night, I felt like a better version of myself.

  • In November, I stayed at the Equinox Hotel in Manhattan's Hudson Yards neighborhood.

  • It's been crowned the "fittest hotel on Earth." Even after just a night, I can see why.

  • With private fitness classes, a massive gym, and swanky amenities, I felt like a better version of myself.

There was something about staying about the Equinox Hotel that made me want to be a better person.

It's hard not to be inspired by the luxury hotel, which in 2019 was deemed the "fittest hotel on Earth" by The Wall Street Journal. Its wellness-centered ethos and accompanying amenities — think private fitness classes, a massive gym with city views, and suites designed to enhance sleep — are fit to impress even the staunchest athletes.

From its next-level spa treatments to personalized pilates classes, here's what makes the Equinox Hotel a destination for wellness aficionados.

The spa treatments are out of this world.

Spa treatments at the Equinox Hotel.
The spa treatments were like something out of a sci-fi movie.Jordan Parker Erb/Business Insider

During my stay at the Equinox Hotel, I got to test out some of its next-level spa treatments, including a few that felt like they came straight out of a sci-fi movie.

The first thing I tried was the MLX i3Dome, which according to its manufacturer's website, is designed to aid in muscle recovery after physical exercise. For this treatment, I laid down on a table, and was covered by a heated "dome," which felt a bit like crawling into a spacesuit-turned-sauna. According to Equinox, the table uses Far Infrared Rays, plasma, and light to "detoxify" the body while reducing inflammation and pain.

I also tested out the spa's Wave Table, which uses sound and vibrations to help with rest and recovery. Thirty minutes on the table is purported to simulate three hours of sleep, and while I didn't fall asleep while using it, it was a welcomed respite from the hustle and bustle of my daily life.

When it's time for bed, the suites are designed to lull you into a deep sleep.

The penthouse's bedroom.
The penthouse's bedroom.Jordan Parker Erb/Business Insider

The bedrooms have a feature Equinox calls "Dark. Quiet. Cool," which effectively shuts down the room for bedtime. Automatically dimming the lights and dropping the temperature, the feature creates an "optimal sleep environment," the hotel's website states.

For being a hotel in Manhattan, my suite was remarkably quiet, successfully blocking out the sounds of the city below.

Nightly rates for the hotel's rooms start around $900; Business Insider paid a press rate of $495 for a one-night stay.

Personalized fitness classes — in my case, a private pilates session — keep guests moving, even on vacation.

The author takes a mirror selfie in a pilates studio at the Equinox Hotel.
The reporter after her private pilates session.Jordan Parker Erb/Business Insider

During my stay, I tried out pilates for the first time ever. I got paired up with a personal trainer, who walked me through a private class with hands-on adjustments and technique suggestions.

I didn't end up using the hotel's gym, which is a massive space with views of the city, but my pilates class was a great way to keep myself busy, even on a mini "staycation."

Need some recovery time? Rooms are stocked with fitness equipment like yoga mats and foam rollers.

A yoga mat, blocks, foam roller, and ball in the Equinox Hotel room.
A yoga mat, blocks, foam roller, and ball were free to use while in the room.Jordan Parker Erb/Business Insider

Unlike any hotel I've ever stayed at, Equinox's rooms are replete with fitness equipment, including a yoga mat, blocks, and a foam roller.

For guests who use the property's gym or exercise classes, having these recovery tools is a lifesaver.

Even the room's cabinets are filled with wellness items.

Health and wellness items in a cabinet in the Equinox Hotel.
The room came stocked with things like teas and CBD oil.Jordan Parker Erb/Business Insider

I'd never seen a hotel mini bar like this. My suite was stocked with wellness items like teas, CBD oil, skin serums, and other health-related tonics that I'd never even heard of.

These products weren't complimentary, and I didn't end up using any of them, but I thought they were a nice touch. I could totally see guests using the items as part of a holistic wellness stay.

After just a night, I was inspired to take my health and wellness more seriously.

The Equinox Hotel (left); Business Insider's reporter in her room (right).
Business Insider's reporter at the Equinox Hotel in Manhattan.Jordan Parker Erb/Business Insider

I try to stay active in my daily life, but as with innumerable other people, my mental and physical health can sometimes take a backseat to, well, life.

Staying at the Equinox Hotel, even if just for a night, gave me a glimpse into what life would be like if it was devoted entirely to becoming the best version of myself.

And while it's not realistic to start my day with a private pilates class or an infrared spa treatment in real life, it was a good reminder to at least try to put my health first.

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