The River East Club by Bally Total Fitness

★★★★☆
  • 355 E Grand Ave

    Chicago, IL 60611

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  • 312-467-1111

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PROS

* some friendly people work there

* large variety of equipment

* some parts of it are clean

CONS

* Generally crowded

* Frequently dirty locker room floors

* Uncooperative management style

* For example: the club closes at 10,

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★★★★★

PROS

* some friendly people work there

* large variety of equipment

* some parts of it are clean

CONS

* Generally crowded

* Frequently dirty locker room floors

* Uncooperative management style

* For example: the club closes at 10,

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This place when I joined was one of the best gyms I have ever been to in my life, now I dread working out there. The place used to be meticulously maintain, not anymore. Several months ago it was purchased by Bally?s and that was the beginning of the end. They also negotiated some deal with Northwestern University where the students get a membership for free. This is now a student rec center. They amenities are going downhill and now I get to listen to some girl yap about how drunk she got last night while roaming around the gym, thanks for sharing

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★☆☆☆☆

This place when I joined was one of the best gyms I have ever been to in my life, now I dread working out there. The place used to be meticulously maintain, not anymore. Several months ago it was purchased by Bally?s and that was the beginning of the end. They also negotiated some deal with Northwestern University where the students get a membership for free. This is now a student rec center. They amenities are going downhill and now I get to listen to some girl yap about how drunk she got last night while roaming around the gym, thanks for sharing

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this place wasn't half as crowded when i joined 2 years ago. now it's overrun by northwestern students. i unfortunately can only work out after work in the early evening (the busiest time), and the students take up all the machines. it's unfair given i'm charged a monthly amount that's close to what they pay for an entire year. can't the students go in between their classes during the day?!?! the locker rooms/showers/bathrooms used to be cleaner here too. the place seems to have switched management since i've been there. the machines are better, but ive noticed they have gotten cheaper w/ a few amenities in the ladies' locker room (don't seem to restock personal care/vanity items as quickly either). i do love the high ceilings, sleek design, and the overall feel though. but the club used to be spotless and immaculate. and roomy. now it's just sufficiently clean, crowded after work,-- not good enough for what i pay. unlike some of the other comments here, i never had problem w/ the service. staff has always been very friendly. not snobbish at all.

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★★★☆☆

this place wasn't half as crowded when i joined 2 years ago. now it's overrun by northwestern students. i unfortunately can only work out after work in the early evening (the busiest time), and the students take up all the machines. it's unfair given i'm charged a monthly amount that's close to what they pay for an entire year. can't the students go in between their classes during the day?!?! the locker rooms/showers/bathrooms used to be cleaner here too. the place seems to have switched management since i've been there. the machines are better, but ive noticed they have gotten cheaper w/ a few amenities in the ladies' locker room (don't seem to restock personal care/vanity items as quickly either). i do love the high ceilings, sleek design, and the overall feel though. but the club used to be spotless and immaculate. and roomy. now it's just sufficiently clean, crowded after work,-- not good enough for what i pay. unlike some of the other comments here, i never had problem w/ the service. staff has always been very friendly. not snobbish at all.

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You get what you pay for and at Holmes Place it is nothing but nice, new and clean everything. I love the classes and the beautiful locker room and Spa Mondial. Holmes Place makes me feel beautiful! Very spa like.

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★★★★★

You get what you pay for and at Holmes Place it is nothing but nice, new and clean everything. I love the classes and the beautiful locker room and Spa Mondial. Holmes Place makes me feel beautiful! Very spa like.

Pros: Modern, up to date, clean

Cons: none

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Awesome training, nutritional support. Truly a premium and upscale health club. Beautiful infinity edge pool. Day care & validated parking is a huge plus for me. I love the locker rooms heated floors, products, & towels.

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★★★★★

Awesome training, nutritional support. Truly a premium and upscale health club. Beautiful infinity edge pool. Day care & validated parking is a huge plus for me. I love the locker rooms heated floors, products, & towels.

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Admittedly, I am a subsidized NU member. Still, I was astonished by how rude and unhelpful the "customer care" people treated a new member.

I was in the gym for the first time. Because the studios are not marked as what they are referred to in the group class schedule. I asked help from the front desk guy and asked whether he or his coworkers would kindly show me, a new member, around. He told me that he would not and I should go and figure it out for myself. Later, I asked whether it is their cooperate policy that they do not show members the facilities. He told me that they do not. That was the most horrendous customer service I have ever received. When i looked up their website in an effort to find out an email address or phone number to which I could deliver my complaint -- yes, you've guessed it--- there is none available.

If you have to pay full membership fee, DO NOT JOIN!!
If you are a NU student or staff, join and take advantage of the facility, but do not expect much from anyone who works there.

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★☆☆☆☆

Admittedly, I am a subsidized NU member. Still, I was astonished by how rude and unhelpful the "customer care" people treated a new member.

I was in the gym for the first time. Because the studios are not marked as what they are referred to in the group class schedule. I asked help from the front desk guy and asked whether he or his coworkers would kindly show me, a new member, around. He told me that he would not and I should go and figure it out for myself. Later, I asked whether it is their cooperate policy that they do not show members the facilities. He told me that they do not. That was the most horrendous customer service I have ever received. When i looked up their website in an effort to find out an email address or phone number to which I could deliver my complaint -- yes, you've guessed it--- there is none available.

If you have to pay full membership fee, DO NOT JOIN!!
If you are a NU student or staff, join and take advantage of the facility, but do not expect much from anyone who works there.

Cons: Rude and snobish staff. horrible service.

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terrible management nice enough facility. The management is at best full of used car salesmen type people - very nice and pushy when trying to sell you a membership and nonresponsive after you join. I got referred by a member and I myself referred someone who referred someone else when we all first joined. None of us have gotten the referral credit they promised us. When we all complained individually, we were told that the referral was not on the paperwork the gym staff filled out and that too much time had passed for them to even look into the matter (we waited 4-6 months to complain because we thought there was some stipulation about having to stay members to get the credit). We all mentioned each other's name and was promised one month off for the referrals verbally. The spa also did not have record of the credit we were offered when we joined. Make sure everything is in writing!

My credit card bill says Bally's - which explains a lot. Bally's is always being sued for their tactics of luring customers in with seemingly great deals then charging them outrageous fees. The free personal training session you get when you join is variable in quality depending on trainer. A few of my friends ended up listening to 30min of sales pitch about buying a personal session package. Classes are packed now because Northwestern decided to subsidize membership for students so full paying customers get screwed. Why should someone paying 100+dollars a month get squeezed out of class by someone paying 20 dollars a month? The trainers and class instructors are unhappy because of management. the head manager is not the friendliest guy. He walks around the gym and trainers look at him with fear and disgust. Try the Lakeshore atheletic club - there are multiple locations, and personal TVs for each cardio machine. As for me, I'm stuck in my contract. DON'T JOIN!!

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★☆☆☆☆

terrible management nice enough facility. The management is at best full of used car salesmen type people - very nice and pushy when trying to sell you a membership and nonresponsive after you join. I got referred by a member and I myself referred someone who referred someone else when we all first joined. None of us have gotten the referral credit they promised us. When we all complained individually, we were told that the referral was not on the paperwork the gym staff filled out and that too much time had passed for them to even look into the matter (we waited 4-6 months to complain because we thought there was some stipulation about having to stay members to get the credit). We all mentioned each other's name and was promised one month off for the referrals verbally. The spa also did not have record of the credit we were offered when we joined. Make sure everything is in writing!

My credit card bill says Bally's - which explains a lot. Bally's is always being sued for their tactics of luring customers in with seemingly great deals then charging them outrageous fees. The free personal training session you get when you join is variable in quality depending on trainer. A few of my friends ended up listening to 30min of sales pitch about buying a personal session package. Classes are packed now because Northwestern decided to subsidize membership for students so full paying customers get screwed. Why should someone paying 100+dollars a month get squeezed out of class by someone paying 20 dollars a month? The trainers and class instructors are unhappy because of management. the head manager is not the friendliest guy. He walks around the gym and trainers look at him with fear and disgust. Try the Lakeshore atheletic club - there are multiple locations, and personal TVs for each cardio machine. As for me, I'm stuck in my contract. DON'T JOIN!!

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Holmes Place looks very sleek and attractive, the locker rooms are full of extra amenities and all of the equipment is very new. I really enjoyed their lunchtime yoga classes, which are a nice peaceful break in the day, and with the abundant windows there are great views from all of the cardio machines. However, I had a problem with their personal training policies. First of all, it's not possible to hire a personal trainer for a single session, you have to buy a monthly package of sessions for several hundred dollars. Secondly, only 2 trainers are qualified to work with you on all of the equipment in the gym (and they're always booked up). The rest of the trainers on staff are only qualified to work with you on some of the equipment, excluding things like resistance bands and the exercise ball. Finally, I was surprised that the gym does not have a staff member assigned to the job of going over a client's interests and goals in order to match them up with a personal trainer. I'm used to this being part of the new member bit, but the front desk clerks were really surprised when I asked who I could talk to for this purpose. In addition to the personal training problems, I didn't like that there is no focus here on popular activities like triathlon training and marathon training, and there are no masters/swim training classes. Overall Holmes Place is good for a lunch-break work out on your own, a yoga class, or maybe to work with a trainer on a weekly or more frequent basis to achieve health goals. But it is not a particularly good gym for aspiring triathletes or people wishing to achieve other athletic goals, since there is no support for these pursuits.

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★★★☆☆

Holmes Place looks very sleek and attractive, the locker rooms are full of extra amenities and all of the equipment is very new. I really enjoyed their lunchtime yoga classes, which are a nice peaceful break in the day, and with the abundant windows there are great views from all of the cardio machines. However, I had a problem with their personal training policies. First of all, it's not possible to hire a personal trainer for a single session, you have to buy a monthly package of sessions for several hundred dollars. Secondly, only 2 trainers are qualified to work with you on all of the equipment in the gym (and they're always booked up). The rest of the trainers on staff are only qualified to work with you on some of the equipment, excluding things like resistance bands and the exercise ball. Finally, I was surprised that the gym does not have a staff member assigned to the job of going over a client's interests and goals in order to match them up with a personal trainer. I'm used to this being part of the new member bit, but the front desk clerks were really surprised when I asked who I could talk to for this purpose. In addition to the personal training problems, I didn't like that there is no focus here on popular activities like triathlon training and marathon training, and there are no masters/swim training classes. Overall Holmes Place is good for a lunch-break work out on your own, a yoga class, or maybe to work with a trainer on a weekly or more frequent basis to achieve health goals. But it is not a particularly good gym for aspiring triathletes or people wishing to achieve other athletic goals, since there is no support for these pursuits.

Pros: Very clean and sleek, rarely busy

Cons: It's very expensive if you don't have a corporate deal here.

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As of 2006, this is the best facility in Chicago. I've been a member at Lifetime Fitness and Lakeshore Athletic Club. Holmes Place is better than those quality clubs. The best aspects are cleanliness, modernity of facilites, quality of pool, spa, steam room, and lack of overcrowding. I noticed a few posts about management staff from the UK not being friendly: having traveled to Britain, I must say the British have a different idea of professional customer service. They are not as enamoured with the American, happy-clappy version of customer service. I have found the British staff to be courteous, professional, and efficient; but do not expect them to engage in repartee about your children, personal life, etc :-)

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★★★★★

As of 2006, this is the best facility in Chicago. I've been a member at Lifetime Fitness and Lakeshore Athletic Club. Holmes Place is better than those quality clubs. The best aspects are cleanliness, modernity of facilites, quality of pool, spa, steam room, and lack of overcrowding. I noticed a few posts about management staff from the UK not being friendly: having traveled to Britain, I must say the British have a different idea of professional customer service. They are not as enamoured with the American, happy-clappy version of customer service. I have found the British staff to be courteous, professional, and efficient; but do not expect them to engage in repartee about your children, personal life, etc :-)

Pros: Cleanliness, Lack of Crowding, Top-Notch pool

Cons: Fancy locking system for lockers sometimes a pain, long-term comitment

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Great stainless steel swimming pool and whirlpool. Good exercise classes and equipment. Clean and not too crowded, never wait for machines.

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★★★★☆

Great stainless steel swimming pool and whirlpool. Good exercise classes and equipment. Clean and not too crowded, never wait for machines.

Pros: Great facility, clean and not over crowded

Cons: Hours of operation limits someone with busy schedule

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Holmes Place is a beautifully designed health club with a European flair. It offers oodles of high class amenities like marble countertops, fresh flowers in the locker rooms, and impeccably clean facilities. The swimming pool is second to none stainless steel with huge windows that offer a skyline view, and the best part is that they use some sort of ozone process to keep the water clean so that you dont reek of chlorine after swimming there. Prices are in line with other clubs of this caliber. My only complaint is that they dont have any other locations to me its a big drawback to only have one location, where you have to pay for parking on top of it.

PROS: customer service, cleanliness
CONS: parking, location

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★★★★★

Holmes Place is a beautifully designed health club with a European flair. It offers oodles of high class amenities like marble countertops, fresh flowers in the locker rooms, and impeccably clean facilities. The swimming pool is second to none stainless steel with huge windows that offer a skyline view, and the best part is that they use some sort of ozone process to keep the water clean so that you dont reek of chlorine after swimming there. Prices are in line with other clubs of this caliber. My only complaint is that they dont have any other locations to me its a big drawback to only have one location, where you have to pay for parking on top of it.

PROS: customer service, cleanliness
CONS: parking, location

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This is an amazing club. It is so clean, contemporary, great classes, new and great work out equipment.

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★★★★★

This is an amazing club. It is so clean, contemporary, great classes, new and great work out equipment.

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Holmes Place is fabulous. From the expert staff to decor, this place is difficult to fault. I highly recommend it, particularly for the price you pay...it's a steal..

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★★★★★

Holmes Place is fabulous. From the expert staff to decor, this place is difficult to fault. I highly recommend it, particularly for the price you pay...it's a steal..

Pros: decor, ultra clean, great staff

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I was a little skeptical about the club after reading some other reviews, but after seeing the facilities I was hooked. BTW the management was really friendly and courteous. Trendy and modern feel, the latest equipment, the coolest pool ever, and the best personal trainers made switching from Lake Shore a no-brainer. Membership options were very affordable compared to others I looked at (East Bank).

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★★★★★

I was a little skeptical about the club after reading some other reviews, but after seeing the facilities I was hooked. BTW the management was really friendly and courteous. Trendy and modern feel, the latest equipment, the coolest pool ever, and the best personal trainers made switching from Lake Shore a no-brainer. Membership options were very affordable compared to others I looked at (East Bank).

Pros: ample equipment, friendly staff, affordable prices

Cons: small restaurant menu, not 24 open hours, my boss is a member

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I joined Holmes 3 months ago. I was surprised that it costs me less each month than my Muliplex membership did.
It is new, clean and although the English are portrayed as snobs, I am very happy with how down to earth and friendly their staff are. They have the best personal trainers in the city!
Those of you who who expect the world, please go else where and stay out of my classes and my swimming pool!

All I can say is space, space and more space. This is not a sweat shop!

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★★★★★

I joined Holmes 3 months ago. I was surprised that it costs me less each month than my Muliplex membership did.
It is new, clean and although the English are portrayed as snobs, I am very happy with how down to earth and friendly their staff are. They have the best personal trainers in the city!
Those of you who who expect the world, please go else where and stay out of my classes and my swimming pool!

All I can say is space, space and more space. This is not a sweat shop!

Pros: CLEAN, STAFF, TRAINERS

Cons: There is only one!

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Although this gym has a great facility the management team and their lack of ability to deliver on promises makes Holmes Place nearly worthless. There were numerous problems at the beginning of our membership and they continued until we finally canceled. If you enjoy paying a lot for a gym with an inconsiderate management team then this is the place for you. One bright spot is the front desk staff..very courteous.

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★☆☆☆☆

Although this gym has a great facility the management team and their lack of ability to deliver on promises makes Holmes Place nearly worthless. There were numerous problems at the beginning of our membership and they continued until we finally canceled. If you enjoy paying a lot for a gym with an inconsiderate management team then this is the place for you. One bright spot is the front desk staff..very courteous.

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Holmes Place surprised me as the club is nothing like a typical gym. I expected the normal equipment, but the overall facility is beautiful, contemorary and stylish.
The pool, restaurant and bar are the best bits!

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★★★★★

Holmes Place surprised me as the club is nothing like a typical gym. I expected the normal equipment, but the overall facility is beautiful, contemorary and stylish.
The pool, restaurant and bar are the best bits!

Pros: Good parking, Fresh and new, design

Cons: English accents

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I have been a member since the club opened in June. As someone who was new to the whole club scene, I felt at ease and comfortable. I began training with a personal trainer and over the next few months began to see changes in my body that I never dreamed I'd see.
I think this gym is the perfect place for people who enjoy beauty. The whole gym is just lovely. From the floors, to the locker area...and oh so clean. I am so very happy with my membership. As a professional female nearing 30, I am happy to find a place that makes me feel like I fit in with the age group, and happy to be working out. I feel at "home" at holmes place.

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★★★★★

I have been a member since the club opened in June. As someone who was new to the whole club scene, I felt at ease and comfortable. I began training with a personal trainer and over the next few months began to see changes in my body that I never dreamed I'd see.
I think this gym is the perfect place for people who enjoy beauty. The whole gym is just lovely. From the floors, to the locker area...and oh so clean. I am so very happy with my membership. As a professional female nearing 30, I am happy to find a place that makes me feel like I fit in with the age group, and happy to be working out. I feel at "home" at holmes place.

Pros: modern equipment, beauty, towel service

Cons: winter hours

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These folks dont make it easy for a new person to try out a class. The 'attitude' and lack of welcome they convey in trying to make it an exclusive club makes me wonder if it will improve if I became a member - which is highly unlikely now. You would think they would be trying to encourage mid-30's professionals who work and live downtown to check it out. Stick with EBC and Lakeshore.

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★☆☆☆☆

These folks dont make it easy for a new person to try out a class. The 'attitude' and lack of welcome they convey in trying to make it an exclusive club makes me wonder if it will improve if I became a member - which is highly unlikely now. You would think they would be trying to encourage mid-30's professionals who work and live downtown to check it out. Stick with EBC and Lakeshore.

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Holmes Place portrays itself as a luxury health club, and we were tried it out during its first 2 weeks of opening in June 2002. While the design and layout of premises are indeed remarkable, with beautiful studios, top materials everywhere and cool pool, the club really offers little that is not currently available in other Chicago gyms, such as Multiplex, lake Shore Athletic and River East. The membership terms required a 2 year contract, free towels were only provided as you came in, not in locker rooms, the opening hours were effectively shorter due to the closure 30 min before published times, and parking was bound to become a problem with the scheduled opening of a 24? screen cinema.

Sure enough it is a good addition for the Streeteville, but no reason to come here if you don't live nearby.

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★★★★☆

Holmes Place portrays itself as a luxury health club, and we were tried it out during its first 2 weeks of opening in June 2002. While the design and layout of premises are indeed remarkable, with beautiful studios, top materials everywhere and cool pool, the club really offers little that is not currently available in other Chicago gyms, such as Multiplex, lake Shore Athletic and River East. The membership terms required a 2 year contract, free towels were only provided as you came in, not in locker rooms, the opening hours were effectively shorter due to the closure 30 min before published times, and parking was bound to become a problem with the scheduled opening of a 24? screen cinema.

Sure enough it is a good addition for the Streeteville, but no reason to come here if you don't live nearby.

Pros: beautiful new premise, flatscreen tvs, heated locker floor

Cons: lack of towels, hours, lack of free parking

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Comparisons to the East Bank Club may apply in terms of price (high) and people (high-class), but Holmes Place is smaller and lacks the gossipy bustle of the older club. This River East location--part of a hotel,…

 

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