A wall of plants and four coolers of filtered water — two of them flavored — greet Even Hotel Rockville guests, who can wipe away their travel woes with orange-scented towels before retiring to rooms with eucalyptus-infused sheets.
Relaxation matters at Even (1775 Rockville Pike), but fitness makes it stand out among the area’s many hotels. “It’s a wellness concept with a hotel added on,” says John Stowell, Even’s chief wellness officer.
This means it’s tough to avoid opportunities to make healthy choices, whether it’s signs pointing to the stairwell, the 1,485-square-foot athletic studio by the elevators or the grab-and-go salads in the Cork & Kale Market and Bar.
The rooms have a fitness focus, too. About half of a standard room has cork floors to help your stretching and crunching while sweating along to one of the Even-created workout videos. The 10- to 30-minute videos include Pilates, active yoga and total body strength and conditioning, often instructing guests on how to incorporate the in-room yoga props and a mounted fitness wall. The wall has resistance bands and a Spri Stediball for stability work.
The athletic studio houses five Woodway treadmills — the most popular machine in the gym, says James Chang, a front desk supervisor — three Cybex elliptical trainers, a WaterRower rowing machine, free weights and TRX straps for body-weight exercise. Stationary bikes are at the ready for use in classes in the Flex Room.
“Everybody dreams of working out six days, but if they can come and work out at least one or two times while they’re here ... I think we’ve proved our mission statement,” Stowell says.
There’s no pressure, and certainly plenty to do nearby. The Twinbrook Metro station and two shopping plazas are in walking distance.
Patricia Merritt of Silver Spring had a three-night staycation at Even recently. She came more for the location and the hotel’s pet-friendliness, she says.
“I got all this stuff at home and I don’t use it.”