The Hilton Americas-Houston Pool and Gym Review

The Hilton Americas-Houston is one of the top hotels in the city of Houston and two reasons for that are the pool and gym found at the the hotel. Both the pool and gym are part of the Skyline Spa & Health Club found on the 23rd floor of the hotel, which means they offer exceptional views. Here’s a look at what the pool and the gym at the Hilton Americas-Houston have to offer.

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The Hilton Americas-Houston pool

The pool is located on the 24th floor of the hotel. However, the pool entrance is on the 23rd floor (you’ll have to make your way up some stairs to get to the floor). If accessibility is an issue, you can take the elevator to the 24th floor but that entrance is exclusively for people with limited mobility.

In order to access the pool or the gym, you’ll need your room keycard with you.

The pool is heated and fully enclosed indoors. It’s an infinity-edge pool but there’s no drop off at the edge of the pool. Instead, the water just sort of blends into the ground level which looks really cool and sort of trippy.

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The Hilton Americas-Houston Pool.

It’s a long swimming pool with three marked lanes for swimming laps. At the end of the pool is an oversized whirlpool that looks more like a mini-pool.

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The Hilton Americas-Houston Pool.

There are also several chairs positioned around the pool for your relaxation. Personally, I’d rather turn the chairs around and face the view of the city rather than the pool, but I guess if you have kids you’re watching it’s probably a good idea to keep them as they come….

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The Hilton Americas-Houston Pool.
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The Hilton Americas-Houston Pool.
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View from the Hilton Americas-Houston Pool.

The view gets even better near sunset.

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The Hilton Americas-Houston Pool.
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The Hilton Americas-Houston Pool.

Although I really like the lazy-river pool at the Marriott Marquis in Downtown Houston, it’s nice to have a fully indoor heated pool when the temperature drops down and the views from up on the 24th floor are just phenomenal. 

We visited the pool on Friday evening and there were a couple of families enjoying the pool but it was not very crowded. However, I know how nice hotel pools can get at times so crowds could become an issue.

The pool area opens up to an outdoor rooftop terrace which was a really cool place to get some fresh air and check out the views. Unfortunately, the outdoor terrace is not connected to the Executive Rooftop Lounge.

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Hilton Americas-Houston rooftop terrace.
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Hilton Americas-Houston rooftop terrace.
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Hilton Americas-Houston rooftop terrace.
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Hilton Americas-Houston rooftop terrace.

From the terrace you get a bird’s eye view of the hotel.

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Hilton Americas-Houston rooftop terrace.
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Hilton Americas-Houston rooftop terrace.

You can see the Houston Galleria (6 miles away) in the background of the photo below which was taken just before sunset.

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Hilton Americas-Houston rooftop terrace.

The fitness center

Another major highlight of this hotel is the fitness center.

The Hilton Americas-Houston has an amazing gym (open 24/7) and it’s definitely one of the nicest hotel gyms I think I’ve ever worked out in.

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The Hilton Americas-Houston Gym.

And just like the pool on the level above, the gym offers exceptional views of Houston. Below is a look at the Marriott Marquis as seen from the ellipticals (you can barely see its Texas shaped lazy river).

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View from the Hilton Americas-Houston Gym.

In this gym you should be able to find just about any machine you like to use and they all looked and felt like high quality workout machines.

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The Hilton Americas-Houston Gym.
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The Hilton Americas-Houston Gym.

There’s a long wall of dumbbells along with a hand full of benches so you can get a good workout with free weights, too. I don’t recall seeing a bench press so you’d probably have to resort to dumbbell press for your chest workout if you didn’t want to use a machine.

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The Hilton Americas-Houston Gym.

And when it comes to cardio equipment, this gym has plenty of options. There are ellipticals, treadmills, zero-runner machines, and bikes and there are plenty of them to choose from. Most of the ellipticals and treadmills have great views of the city though most of the bikes and zero-runner machines don’t have views since they are in front of the wall.

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The Hilton Americas-Houston Gym cardio equipment.
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The Hilton Americas-Houston Gym cardio equipment.
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The Hilton Americas-Houston Gym cardio equipment.
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The Hilton Americas-Houston Gym cardio equipment.

Aside from a rogue Starbucks cup on the ground, the gym was very tidy. The gym has a rack for towels and even a refrigerator that keeps some of the towels cool for you which would be great during the summer.

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The Hilton Americas-Houston Gym.
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The Hilton Americas-Houston Gym.

The Skyline Spa & Health Club also offers a sauna, steam room, locker room, not to mention all of the spa services available as well. If you’re interested in spa treatment at the Hilton-Americas Houston you can check out the menu here.

Final word

Without question, both the pool and the gym add tremendous value to the Hilton-Americas Houston. The sweeping panoramic views along with the quality of the facilities make this hotel stand out above many others in the area and are definitely worth checking out if you plan on staying at this hotel.

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