This is part two in a series on fitness center design. Click here for part one: 'Fitness centers and the search for more space.'
1. Hotels should perform a cost-needs analysis before embarking on a fitness center renovation to best determine how large and sophisticated the complex should be for guests. Hotels should consider locker room size as part of the fitness center during construction, and it is best to address these concerns early on during construction to avoid doubling back to re-think a facility’s layout. Factors such as the size of the hotel, how many keys it has, whether or not it has a residential component and what is located around the property have to be taken into account.
2. In the future, hotels will be paying more attention to the overall environment and its design. That means purposefully choosing everything from flooring to wallcoverings, lighting, showers, wet treatment areas, equipment and even sound systems so that they all make fitness centers more consumer friendly in terms of how they look, feel and smell.
3. Fitness center lighting should be warm, not bright. Designers in the past used as much light as possible in the wellness areas, creating an uncomfortable environment to train in over time. Allowing fewer, warmer lights, or preferably natural light, to fill a space, can help increase guest comfort.
4. If possible, tie together all of a property’s wellness facilities. Designs allowing the hotel pool to be visible from the fitness center often allow for more natural light to flow into the area, and often prompt guests using one facility to visit the other.