Pros: Features all the amenities that one would want - pool, basketball court, child care, spa, salon, boutique, dry cleaners, squash courts, sauna and steam rooms, cafe, full restaurant and bar - except perhaps a tennis court. It also offers the most equipment and the most classes of the gyms tested, with nine to 26 offered daily. Also offers amazing views of Boston Common as you exercise.
Cons: All those extra features such as dry cleaning, child care, and the cafe add to the price. Personal training sessions aren't included to get you started. It doesn't have other Boston-area locations but does have gyms in other major cities such as New York, Washington, D.C., and San Francisco.
The final word: This is the Cadillac Escalade of gyms: pricey, big, eye-catching and can help you burn lots of fuel. The best choice if money is no object and you're looking for a wide range of exercise and spa options.
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