After landing at the McCarran private jet centre, it appeared we were being greeted by something a little more sinister than just these men in black. This was Vegas after all and anything was possible, so with running shoes at the ready, we swiftly headed off to the Bellagio to start some 24k training!
As we sidestepped through the casino and into the dedicated elevator, we were taken to the private suites hidden from the gambling crowds below. Walking in complete silence along the famous corridors, one couldn’t help but wonder whose footsteps had graced these palatial styled floors before. This is where it all happens yet it’s rarely seen ….movie stars, pop stars, wannabes and, of course, some pretty cool videos.
Previously occupied by a famous female singer from the Bronx, (my informative little bird is well travelled) this would be the main base for our 4-day visit. This suite was huge…and that’s all I will say as I’m here to discuss the private gym and not the numerous bedrooms, dining room, bar, private garden or stunning pool for that matter.
The Private Gym
All set in the dedicated area of the suite, the gym consisted of a Cybex treadmill, a Cybex recumbent bike, one adjustable bench, a floor mat and a small set of dumbbells. Obviously not the largest selection of equipment ever seen, but at least it was something for those performing on stage or those needing to get endorphins flowing before placing everything on red.
Everything was perfectly clean, tidy and worked well as expected. The music system, AC and TVs were all pretty easy to operate, and as most people using these rooms travel with their Personal Trainer, there is a ridiculous amount of space in the suite for additional equipment should they bring it or request it prior to arrival.
Adjustments & Improvements:
Between here and the garden, one can definitely complete a nice workout. However, I would certainly have additional items to maximise the room – attachment points for TRX, a rubberised section of flooring for rope work, an improved selection of free-weights, a chin-up bar, some fixed barbells and then the usual list of rollers and bands. All these things that would fit in easily and should have been considered.
Also, I would overhaul the interior styling completely since this is the Bellagio after all. Yes, it is luxurious looking at first glance, but it’s far from motivational – remove the equipment and replace it with a bed and there you have it….a nice looking brown bedroom.
A comfortable yet sturdy adjustable table for sports massage and any stretching sessions that the guests may need. There were no complaints during the treatments I carried out and all adjustments to the Audio and AC systems worked flawlessly, thankfully! Nicely lit, great space surrounding the table but it really needed a little more consideration to break up the large empty brown wall surfaces. Apart from that, it was a good practical room.
Hair & Makeup
The ultimate preparation room for any guest, but also a pretty handy place to carry out any seated sports therapy treatments. It’s all about improvisation!
Yes, there was even a small sauna on offer. A great way to end the day.
The Important Six:
- Equipment Selection 4/10
- Layout 6/10
- Cleanliness 10/10
- Staff N/A
- Towels/Drinks 10/10
- Inspiring Environment 3/10
In theory, this is the ultimate private gym experience, but after initial impressions disappear one realises that there could be vast improvements for each of the hotel suites.
The gyms have all been included with good intentions, but nevertheless, the styling for an exercise space should be completely different from that of a luxurious hotel suite and, crucially, that has been overlooked.
All this results in a nice idea and a nice space for those who are unable to head down to the main gym for whatever reason, but should the Bellagio be really content with just….well…nice?