We'd Like To Swim A Few Laps And Scale the Climbing Wall At This Jumbo Fitness Center
Back in October, one of our contributors had a little love affair with the pools at JW Marriott in Phuket, but we think we've found another JW Marriott pool to set our sights on. And this one doesn't mess around with squirting elephant sculptures and swim-up bars.
We're talking about the fitness center at JW Marriott Seoul, which not only has a six-lane, 25-meter pool, but also a climbing wall, a scuba diving pool, and an indoor running track—oh, and it spans three floors of the hotel.
The Marquis Thermal Spa and Fitness Club calls itself the largest hotel fitness center in Asia, and it offers pretty much every type of indoor fitness amenity you can think of. In fact, guests who stay here should really be held to a certain standard of fitness simply because they have so many options available to them. Just the other day we were mentioning how obsolete the hotel racquetball court has become. Not so in Seoul—this place has got two of 'em.
All in all, the entire fitness center spans three floors and 14, 212 square meters of space. That's a lot of exercising to do! Just walking around the entire joint would probably satisfy your cardio requirements for the day.
The Korea Times spoke to Richard Saul, General Manager at the JW Marriott Seoul, who explained:
"The hotel opened in 2000 and they had this vision: the fitness club will be one of the signatures of this hotel. So they allocated that much space."
Furthermore, he said that in addition to foreigners visiting the city, locals also love making use of the facility:
"Everybody talks about our health club. It’s tremendous to guests and also great for local members who live around here. On weekends a lot of families come. Most weekends we are close to full, they come and treat themselves. The location works, they can go to the cinema, they can go shopping, go down to the swimming pool, there’s a lot to do."
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[Photo: JW Marriott]