Mon-Sat, 9am-9pm; Sun, 10am-6pm
6 at 51st St.
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Skipping current spa-world trends toward going green or high-tech, this proudly old-world 14,000-square-foot spa is spread out over the nineteenth floor of the Waldorf Astoria Hotel. Done-up in a clean, streamlined décor of white and beige that offers a nice break from the ornate pomp of the rest of the hotel, the spa welcomes guests at reception with slippers and the invitation to choose one of seven Guerlain scents with which to personalize their room. All first-time clients are then escorted to one of two lounges to enjoy a short foot bath and massage while they fill out their questionnaires; in perhaps the spa’s only nod to the futuristic, the foot-bath stations—complete with tub and therapist’s seat—rise from beneath hidden panels in the floor via hydraulic lifts. Next it’s off to your own treatment suite (of the sixteen, thirteen have their own shower and bathroom) to enjoy signature services like the Imperiale massage; the Intensive Body Therapy, a two-hour wrap-and-scrub combo; and the Exceptional Orchidée Impériale facial, a two-hour, $600 treatment that includes orchid-root-based serums and complimentary extras like waxing and paraffin dips. All services use Guerlain products, which are typically scented and on the richer side. Also on the richer side are the prices, though the clientele of mainly hotel guests and day-tripping suburbanites seems happy to shell out for what one therapist calls “princess pampering.”Product Playroom
Just off the reception lies a product enthusiast’s dream: a jewel box-sized room stocked with testers of dozens of Guerlain skin- and body-care products, cosmetics, and perfumes. Clients are welcome to sample and smell their way through the 180-year-old brand’s history.
A men’s menu, hair removal, makeup applications, intensive pedicures, and several packages are also available, as are in-room therapies for hotel guests.
With treatment rooms that rival the size of most New York one bedrooms, an opulent design, and a very fashionable address (a floor of the Waldorf-Astoria), the Guerlain Spa may be the most luxurious spa in Manhattan. Not surprisingly, luxury doesn’t come cheap. The extravagant Bridal Glow package—seven hours of intensive body, facial, hand, and foot therapy plus pre-consultation bridal makeup—will cost you $1,375.
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