Recently SmartFlyer travel advisor Amanda Poses stayed at the new Equinox Hotels Hudson Yards. Part of the $25 billion development on Manhattan’s West Side, the most expensive real estate project in U.S. history, is helping once again shift the city’s epicenter of new and hot.
Below is her report with additional information about the suites.
While this is a city hotel, it could truly be considered a destination in itself…a literal adult playground. There is so much to do both within the property and in the surrounding area, a brand new bustling neighborhood in Manhattan with ample retail and restaurant options.
The motto, “It’s not fitness, it’s life” has grounded Equinox – and fueled a cultural movement – for more than 25 years. The introduction of the first Equinox Hotel right in Hudson Yards is a true culmination of this brand promise that will redefine travel as the world knows it.
Through this project, Equinox Hotels has obsessively pursued their enduring mission of life maximization, in this case, in the heart of New York City’s newly formed cultural crucible.
From the moment you arrive until the second you depart, you’ll be infatuated with this hotel. The team here is outfitted in head-to-toe white which creates a fun contrast against the black walls and moody lighting.
Check-in is seamless and done against a backdrop that showcases all the incredible fitness programming you can take advantage of as a ‘member’ of the adjoining fitness club (though that word barely does this fitness playground justice!).
Once you’re settled into your room, though, good luck convincing yourself to leave; this place was designed to take your time for maximum enjoyment.
The luxury experience is redefined here as a seamless extension of a life well-lived, elevating fitness, culture, and community for those who rest and play as hard as they work. It’s sexy, trendy and just overall, fabulous.
Designed with your performance and regeneration in mind, every room is an oasis: dark, quiet, and cool. Accommodations are modern and sleek with all the most up-to-date technology.
And prepare yourself for the most incredible mini-bar (which goes well beyond alcohol) you’ve ever seen including highly curated items like face masks, clean eats, yoga accessories and even massage essentials. Plus, the EQX Regenerative Toolkit provides workout clothing in case you forgot yours so that guests can take advantage of the in-room rituals guide to get moving in the morning or to promote a more restful night’s sleep.
And about that sleep…the difference is in the details, borrowed from residential living at its best, including total soundproofing, next-generation blackout blinds and integrated technology for effortless personalization.
The proprietary sleep system includes mattresses handcrafted from natural materials. Free of metal springs, they alternate more supportive layers with more elastic ones to adapt perfectly to your unique shape and form. Guests’ rest is optimized as this king-sized bed is layered with temperature-regulating natural fibers. Oh, and don’t forget to get cozy in one of the hooded sweatshirt-material robes!
Note all suites feature 10-foot high floor to ceiling windows, clinical-grade filtered air (MERV 15), filtered water (MICRON 10), and acoustically isolated guest rooms (STC 55)
The 1,520 sq. ft. Equinox Suite features an exactingly designed spacious living room with skyline views and a separate dining room for entertaining.
When you’re ready to shut the city out, close the blackout shades and fall asleep to the flickering light of your private fireplace.
Reawaken or wind down in your spa-grade bathroom, featuring a unique surround shower design that offers three adjustable heads for an immersive, customizable experience.
Grown Alchemist holistic bath products are made with herbs grown on the High Line park below your room with separate formulas for AM & PM use. Stone-topped vanities, a large closet, and mirrored dressing area provide plenty of space.
Additional Suite Options
Equinox uses vestibules that can be privatized. It enables to create a Two Bedroom Suite, ideal for group or family stay. Connected by a private vestibule, we offer two room configuration options—a Premier Suite and Deluxe King Room or a Deluxe Suite and a Double Double (see above).
Fitness Club and Pool
The fitness club and pool situation is just beyond your wildest dreams! This members-only club exudes exclusivity. The facility is huge and naturally, outfitted with the latest equipment and phenomenal class options.
More than just a workout class, group fitness classes at Equinox are unparalleled, unlimited and community-driven. Take part in Equinox signature programming across categories ranging from HIIT to Yoga and Barre, as well as Equinox-exclusive programming on The Vessel, Hudson Yards’ stunning one-mile vertical climbing sculpture.
The outdoor terrace features a pool and daybeds set against unobstructed panoramic views of the surrounding cityscape and Hudson Yards’ soaring landmark staircase, the Vessel. Push your performance in the 25-yard indoor saltwater lap pool, recharge in the hot and cold plunge pools, or simply relax after a workout.
Work with the concierge to secure your prioritized spot in a Soul Cycle class wherein a dim, candlelit room led by inspiring instructors, you surrender to the beat of the music and get lost in the energy of the room. You move, you ride, and you push towards the finish line – together.
This immersive 27,000 square foot space manages to feel intimate while offering cutting-edge treatments like cryotherapy, infrared sauna, quantum harmonics session, massage, bodywork and skin therapies. We love the wavetable which allows you to feel as though you’ve had another 3-hour of REM sleep in just 30-minutes! Plus, the retail part of the spa is beautifully curated with great products that will allow you to take a piece of the zen aura home with you. Amanda Poses
Restaurants and Bars
Electric Lemon (below) celebrates the farmers, growers, and artisans of the Mid-Atlantic, transforming sublime local ingredients into extraordinary seasonal American cuisine.
Chef Kyle Knall emphasizes simple preparation and gentle technique, crafting a dining experience for all of the senses. Every moment is enhanced by breathtaking 24th-floor views. Take in the sights from the expansive dining room or on the terrace (below) as you dine for breakfast, lunch or dinner.
Or, for something even more casual, check out Broken Coconut which only available to hotel guests and Equinox Hudson Yards members. It’s a lovely spot for an afternoon snack or morning Acai Bowl.
For more grab and go options, you can snag a Juice Press in the club lobby! Dietary restrictions? No worries, there are gluten-free options and the ability to make modifications at all of the food and beverage outlets on property.
Ideal for work and play, the Electric Lemon Bar (above) is lively space is as much a place where guests are hanging out as is a local favorite. Even better, the menu is as expansive as its views! Stop in throughout the day to restore and revive, whether with an adaptogenic superfood latte or a high-intensity series of martinis. Try a cutting-edge elixir, stick with cocktail classics, or take your pick from an international wine list.
Hudson Yards on the West Side of Midtown Manhattan between 10th and 12th Avenues from West 30th to West 34th Streets. The West 30th Street Heliport is minutes away making for fast arrivals and departures, and ideal if you want to head to Teterboro or perhaps helicopter to the Hamptons or to the Hudson Valley for a quick escape from Gotham.