Archipants wrote:Has anyone been to the Princeton Club Xpress at Hilldale? I've seen a lot of mixed reviews of the east and west locations in general, but nothing specific to their new location at Hilldale. I am considering joining this one due to its proximity to my house though I'm starting to think twice based on some of the overall bad reviews.
What bad reviews have you heard? I'm not really a gym rat, so maybe we are looking for different things. It's a mixed bag for me, too, but probably for different reasons.
I joined because I wanted a place to go in the winter, and to use weight equipment. (Not really an exercise class or racquetball person, so didn't care about that.) For that, it is working just fine.
Because I normally work at home, or coffee shops, or other places other than a standard office, and I set my own schedule, I usually go in the middle of the day, so there aren't many people there, and I don't have to wait to use any of the equipment or machines. Once I went at 4:30, and it was more crowded, as you'd expect in the after-work hours, but still quite manageable. Maybe things will get worse as the membership grows. We'll see.
They don't have standard locker rooms, just a number of separate bathrooms, most of which also have showers. There are lockers that you can use while you are there, but you can't leave stuff there.
My guess is that at peak hours, getting a room to change or shower would be a pain. The lockers also seemed to be full. Maybe that's not a big deal for you. Many people show up in their work out clothes, and go home to shower. They leave their valuables in the car (underground, secure parking) at Weston Place, and so aren't worried about actually locking things up.
The bigger problem for me is carrying around both my work stuff and my work out clothes. The ideal for me would be to work at home awhile, then go to the gym mid-day, and then work some more in a coffee shop, library, etc. I'd like to be able to bike there, since it's pretty close, but don't want to carry my laptop/files bag AND my workout clothes all day on my bike, especially when the workout stuff/towel is wet. Not having lockers to leave stuff is a bit of a problem. I would assume people using the bus would experience similar issues.
I've been driving over there, so I can leave stuff in the car, but that is not my preference. I'm still working on a solution. I think it will get easier when the weather is warmer, because the volume of outerwear I need will be less, so my overall daytime "stuff cloud" will decrease.