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Answer the call of Shangri-la; go virtual at the Waldorf-Astoria; or work out in the privacy of your hotel room with your own "fit kit."
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Dread working out at the hotel gym? Every room at the Affinia Dumont in New York City has a workout area plus in-room "fit kits" with gear for yoga and strength training as well as for walking and running. A fitness concierge leads health seminars, creates running maps, and hires personal trainers upon request. ($340 per night; 866-AFFINIA) The national hotel chain Westin is also getting physical with new televised in-room yoga and Pilates routines and equipment. (800-WESTIN-1; www.westin.com)

As a nod to the country's booming economy, select Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts have inaugurated a Trade Mission package: discounted rates and business services for groups of 10 or more entrepreneurs developing new ventures in China. Among the free perks: high-speed Internet access, daily breakfasts, use of meeting rooms, in-room local calls--even a free three-night stay at the Hong Kong property for a group's organizer to check out the hotel and an airport butler in Beijing to ease arrival and departure. (212-768-3190; www.shangri-la.com)

Do business across the Atlantic without boarding a plane. TeleSuite virtual conference rooms, previously limited to corporations such as Time Warner, Capital One, and GlaxoSmithKline, are now available at a handful of top hotels around the world. So a face-to-face meeting with British colleagues is only a matter of getting to a suite at New York City's Waldorf-Astoria while they beam up from London's Savoy hotel. The Ritz-Carlton Phoenix also offers the technology and plans to expand the service to Hong Kong, Tokyo, and Philadelphia. Suites start at $500 per hour. (www.telesuite.com)




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