Those flush with funds and in search of the City's most luxurious hotel need look no further...the Grand is for you. Located 1/2 mile south of downtown's hub, you cannot miss this towering European palace stretching across an entire block. Oak paneled hallways, overstuffed furniture, premium bedding, marble bathrooms, balconies and antique-style furnishings outfit all 775 pastel colored quarters. The Grand showers guests with perks including an afternoon tea and pastry service, 24 hour in-room dining, free local calls, complimentary high speed internet access and free airport shuttle service. And, to top it all off, Grand is a complete non-smoking hotel, so puffers must part with their packs.
The expansive fitness area impresses with top-line Precor, Life Fitness and Matrix equipment for cardio and strength work. Endurance enthusiasts can distract themselves with personal plasma television screens, and although free weights are AWOL, enough stack-loaded weight stations and dumbbells are here for a full body muscle pump. There is also yoga and personal training space complete with fitness balls, mats, resistance bands etc. The Spa covers 20,000 square feet and spans four floors. It's BIG. Along with couples massage rooms there are "experience showers" with 12 body sprayers and 4 showerheads.
While access to the fitness area is free for guests, sampling the spa area will cost you $10/per room/day. Note: per room/per day means that if you have 3 people staying in one room, all 3 can steam and luxuriate for $10/day total, not $30. But it's worth it.
Swimmers must seek their sport elsewhere, as neither of Grand's pools is lap-style. We suggest a 5-minute taxi or drive to the JCC.