Wednesday, April 4, 2007

Spas on the Waterfront - Boston Harbor Hotel and Intercontinental

The Waterfront area of Boston is rapidly being taken over by luxury hotels and with that comes new spas!
The Spa at the Boston Harbor Hotel has been there the longest and set the bar for the others. As such, it is hard to get weekend appointments with on short notice. The decor is geared more towards comfy and more traditional.
I've had waxing services there by Lisa and was very pleased. The wax they use is very gentle and she has a light touch so that it didn't hurt. Quick and painless, that's how I like my waxing. I've also been in for a facial which while very relaxing, could have been better in the cleansing. I came home, looked in the mirror and still saw clogged pores. I have yet to get a scrub here, but they do have a room with a vichy shower which if you have never tried is a treat! They have a good solid list of treatments, everything you could pretty much want.
The best thing about this spa is the free use of the gym (not a bad size at all for a hotel) and pool and locker room (with steam room). The locker room has everything you need, towels, shorts and t-shirts to work out in, razors, hairdryers, etc. It's roomy and has lots of lockers, and a few showers.

The new spa on the block is the Spa InterContinental at the Intercontinetal (also the new swanky hotel on the block). Appearance wise, the two spas couldn't be more opposite. Meet sleek, new, modern. Meet infiniti pool. A fitness center that overlooks the Greenway that will eventually be completed. Right now it overlooks construction and dirt.
A massage here was good, the room was fairly spacious and they have a couples room with a shower in it for a more intimate feel. Thier spa menu is limited to face, body and waxing, no manicures and pedicures.
Locker room here is small, which was awkward with more than 2 people in there at a time. There is a "relaxation den" where they have teas and fruit while you wait for your therapist.
The downside? You have to pay an extra "spa access fee" (currently $10) for gym and pool use here if you are not a hotel guest. Not so cool. Thier waxing prices are higher, but thier massage and facial prices are comparable.

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