While the ballrooms and formality are upstairs, the fitness center and sweaty times are downstairs. The JW manages to have an impressively spacious gym, plus a stretching area and an entire studio, in which Vince Vaughn's mom teaches classes. Yes, you can attend!
We don't know about you, but we always go on trips with the thought that we'll use the hotel gyms. We pack sport shoes, workout clothes and whatnot, only to end up spending "gym time" in the room, vegging out and watching TV. Maybe at the JW, though, we could be coerced into a spa appointment at least. Reports from those who've experienced the radiant heat "belly stone" in the Valeo Spa's "Clarity Chamber," declare it a place you never ever want to leave, and a feeling so relaxed and all-over warm that maybe it's a grown-up substitute for hanging out in a womb.
If working out or maybe trying the unique infrared sauna isn't up your alley, then there's always the hotel's Italian restaurant, The Florentine, for ingesting some squid ink pasta, polenta and far far too much wine. It's a slippery slope; that's all we'll say.
One that last thing of note: although WiFi in the hotel rooms costs a whopping $14.95 per day, the WiFi in the lobby is free...if you can get a seat (we recommend the bar-height tables with built-in outlets). The place gets quite crowded during the after-work cocktail hour and other times it's not the most cozy area, so perhaps don't place all your marbles in this basket for getting things done online.
[Photos: Cynthia Drescher for HotelChatter]