Best Hotel Gyms in Washington, D.C.(11 of 15)

 ...and a speed bag.
The Mandarin Oriental's 1,400-square-foot fitness center might just be the best hotel gym in the District, with TechnoGym cardio machines (each of which has a personal TV screen), strength-training equipment, yoga mats and blocks, fitness orbs, aerobic steppers, jump ropes, and more. The free weights are not just high quality, they're colorful too! The Four Seasons' tri-level fitness center is one of the best in the city. One floor is devoted to cardio, a second to strength-training equipment, and a third to a two-lane saltwater lap pool and Jacuzzi. In addition to the traditional fitness areas, there's also a tranquil room set aside for yoga and aerobics. There are more than a dozen Precor and LifeFitness cardio machines, all with individual TVs. The Capital Hilton outsources its gym to the Capital City Club & Spa, so hotel guests do have to pay for access. But the club is connected to the Hilton, which makes it convenient, and it's extremely well-equipped, as you can see above. The Capital City Club features two stories. The first floor has the cardio machines; the second, the strength-training equipment. Like everything else at the W, the gym is brand new. Sweat, as it's called, offers privacy, natural light, and tons of equipment -- top-notch TechnoGym strength-training and cardio equipment (shown above) with personal TVs and iPod outlets (and free ear buds), free weights, boxing training bags, and more. Among the amenities: yoga mats and boxing gloves for the speed bags. This enormous 17,000-square-foot gym -- officially called the Health Club at the Fairmont -- has everything you could ask for in an urban-hotel fitness center, from state-of-the-art TechnoGym equipment to separate studios for yoga, Pilates, aerobics, and spin classes. The only downside is the $15-per-day entry fee. There's even a basketball court. ...and a speed bag. The Ritz outsources its fitness services to the nearby Sports Club/L.A., so it's not free. That's the downside. The upside? Access to a gym that locals consider the best in all of D.C. The multistory fitness complex features two floors of cardio and weight equipment, a lap pool, a basketball court, cycling and aerobics studios... even squash courts, as you can see above. Contrary to what the quirky filigrees on the walls might indicate, the gym at the Courtyard does not have a climbing wall. It is, however, quite solid for a midrange place, and the hotel offers free day passes to bigger facilities at the National Capitol YMCA across the street. The gym may be modestly sized, but the equipment -- like these treadmills with personal TV screens -- is state of the art.