When you walk into the Great Jones Spa in lower Manhattan, you’ll find an incredibly tranquil environment in an otherwise industrial setting. This medium sized day spa is a converted 15,000 square foot industrial building. The luxurious waiting room features a three and a half story waterfall surrounded by cobblestones and plant life. There are two other sister spas, one in Costa Rica, and another across town (Buttermilk Falls Inn and Spa), but you won’t find anything here that feels like a big box spa.
In 2007, Great Jones Spa received the Best of New York Award for “Best Spa to Hang Out In.” In a time when many spas seem more concerned with getting you in and out somewhat quickly, Great Jones Spa takes lingering extremely seriously. You don’t have to pay for a treatment to get unlimited access to the sauna, pool, tranquil relaxing room and steam room. Simply pay a $50 fee and spend three relaxing hours there on your own. Their philosophy is founded on the eastern concepts of balance and spiritual harmony. After claiming extensive research of ancient and cutting-edge natural therapies across the globe, their treatment menu creates a distinctive experience for their clients.
The entire atmosphere throughout the spa was serene, peaceful and relaxing. It goes without saying their entire product line features natural, pure, environmentally friendly and sourced with good health in mind.
What they have done with an old industrial building is amazing. There is a water lounge that features a cold plunge pool and steam room with seven different Chakra balancing light beams. The lights are said to regulate your metabolic hormonal processes. The large river rock Finnish style sauna insulates four to five tons of river rock to heat the sauna from 150 degrees Fahrenheit to 194 degrees Fahrenheit!
Other amenities, such as nail care, juice bar, hair salon and an indoor Jacuzzi, promote serenity and healing.
I chose the Signature Massage (90 minutes, $235), which includes a hot stone and aromatherapy massage with aromatic hot towel infusion. This is a package of several treatments, including preheated towels with bathed in aromatherapy, a volcanic stone massage, and a neck and shoulder massage done with aromatherapy oils (I chose sage and lemongrass) to complete the treatment.
I found it to be a perfectly balanced treatment. The hot towels warmed up my muscles and the aromatherapy oils of sage and lemongrass helped me to relax completely during the hot stone treatment and massage.
One thing to note is that I have had better hot stone massages in the past. Simply put, when you get a massage with hot stones it’s important that the therapist is careful around your bones and joints. This therapist was not as skilled with the stones or considerate of bony areas and clanked the stones a few times on my knees and ankles. This carelessness ended up snapping me out of relaxation mode.
Overall, she was a wonderful therapist who was great with her hands, the oils and towels. However, she could have been more careful with the stones.
The booking process over the phone is a little inconvenient and difficult. The spa itself is incredibly busy, so it took a few phone calls for me to get on the books with the treatment that I wanted. Once I made it to the spa, however, the staff and therapists were all polite, professional and friendly.
This is a wonderful spa nestled surprisingly in the busy lower east side of Manhattan. The levels of service I received from the spa staff and my therapist were quite amazing, and the unique location makes for a very tranquil, quiet and relaxing experience. The treatment I had was really soothing, and my therapist was friendly and accommodating. She asked how I was doing and how the pressure was quite often, which is always a bonus. I want to go back and try more treatments.
- Manicure and pedicure stations
- Cold Plunge pool
- Thermal Hot Tub
- Chakra-Light steam room
- River rock Finnish style sauna
$$$$ – Pricey
Great Jones Spa
29 Great Jones Street
New York, NY 10012
There are 2 other Great Jones Spas attached to resorts in addition to the lower Manhattan one.
Costa Rica – Los Altos Beach Resort and Spa in Los Altos – http://www.losaltosresort.com/
New York – Buttermilk Falls Inn and Spa in New York City – http://www.buttermilkfallsinn.com/spa/buttermilk-spa.htm
SPA HOURS OF OPERATION
Monday: 9:00 AM – 10:00 PM
Tuesday – Sunday: 9:30 AM – 10:00 PM
Final treatments begin at 9:00 PM. The wet lounge and river rock sauna facilities are available for use until 9:30 PM.
HOW TO BOOK AN APPOINTMENT
The spa only allows you to book over the phone by calling 212-505-3185 during Spa hours. Calls made after hours are answer the following business day.