by Margo Christensen, Vice President, Marketing & Public Relations, Ponderosa Hotel Management Services, LLC
Let’s face it. When traveling for work or pleasure, it can be extremely challenging to maintain a sensible diet and exercise routine. Just the travel itself, whether by car or plane, typically means salty restaurant and airline food, not enough water and sitting for long periods of time.
Once you arrive at your hotel for a few days or a week, wouldn’t it be nice to get back to a somewhat normal routine while you are away from home? Choosing the right hotel, in the right location and with the right amenities is essential, but takes some planning and possibly even a phone call to the hotel (yes, a very antiquated form of communication).
I travel fairly often, and I am also in the hotel business. I’m pretty particular about which hotel I choose, and my choice is almost always based on proximity to safe, walkable routes or parks, complimentary food choices and recreational amenities such as a pool, fitness room and nearby hiking trails.
Most people make travel reservations online using the hotel properties’ websites or a third-party site such as Expedia or Hotels.com. Being in the hotel business, I know that some information can’t be included on the website due to lack of space or formatting issues. For example, you may not know that a hotel has grocery-shopping service or gluten-free options for breakfast, upon request, or that the adjacent golf course allows walking and jogging on the golf cart path during certain hours, or that the best hiking trail in town is just moments (or miles) away.
The Marriott Hotels in Prescott that we own and manage (SpringHill Suites and Residence Inn) realize that customers, like me, want the very best value and service for their money. Over the past few years, we have reacted to travel trends and implemented many amenities that travelers request and demand when staying in a hotel. Here are some services we offer at SpringHill Suites and Residence Inn in Prescott. You can ask for these to keep you healthy and energetic during your travels.
SpringHill Suites by Marriott in downtown Prescott:
- Complimentary breakfast buffet includes healthy choices of four fresh-fruit items, hard-boiled eggs, smoked ham and cheeses, Greek yogurt, gluten-free bread upon request, and apple and orange juice.
- Fitness center equipment includes an elliptical, stationary bike, two treadmills and free weights.
- Recreation services include a free City of Prescott Hiking Map, Granite Creek Park next door, and Manzanita Outdoor Outfitters is right across the street for bike rentals and outdoor supplies. Also, an indoor-heated pool is open year-round for laps or recreational swimming.
- Sprouts Farmers Market is located across the street to help you stock up on grocery items. Every suite at the hotel has a microwave and refrigerator for storing your groceries, and the barbecue on the patio is perfect for grilling your favorite meal.
Residence Inn by Marriott in Prescott:
- Complimentary breakfast nearly identical to SpringHill Suites.
- Evening Mix events three times a week offer complimentary food and beverage with one or more vegetarian choices.
- Fitness center equipment includes two treadmills, two stair-steppers, stationary bike, free weights and yoga mats. If a guest requires more choices, the hotel offers a complimentary guest membership to Fitness For 10, located right across the street.
- Recreational services include an outdoor-heated pool (plenty large enough for laps) and a Sport Court™ for playing badminton and basketball. The front desk is stocked with free hiking maps. Hiking trails at Lynx Lake and Peavine Trail are just a short drive away.
- Grocery shopping service is available at any time prior to or during your stay. Just leave the list and a team member will pick up your groceries at the store of your choice and charge your room, with no additional service charge. Every suite has a fully equipped kitchen with microwave, sink, dishwasher, full-size refrigerator and utensils. Trader Joe’s is across the highway and is stocked with a variety of healthy food and beverage choices.
These are just a few services to inquire about when planning your next business trip or vacation.
And one final happy and healthy tip if you happen to be flying out of Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport:
Did you know that Sky Harbor has a fitness trail in the airport? It’s called FitPHXthe Sky Harbor Fitness Trail, and it’s a 2-mile round-trip indoor path between Gates A30 and D8. Some of the scenic views include the downtown Phoenix skyline, Piestewa Peak, Camelback Mountain and South Mountain Preserve. So next time you arrive at the airport a bit early, or your flight is running late, throw on some walking shoes and walk a few laps at the airport. Go to m.skyharbor.com/PDFs/FiTPHXTrail.pdf for more information.