The Red Door Spa at The Chatwal New York
The main entrance to The Chatwal New York is a little deceiving. It doesn’t immediately strike you as being a 5-star hotel at street level, but inside is where the magic happens. Sleek, stylish and sexy, it’s a fitting location for The Red Door Spa Chatwal.
The Red Door Spa Fifth Avenue, New York
The Red Door Spa comes from the beauty powerhouse that is Elizabeth Arden. The flagship location on Fifth Avenue in New York is synonymous with the finest in luxury pampering. From facials to body scrubs, knocking on this iconic red door means entering an oasis of beauty and wellness. And before you read this and think, it’ll be too expensive, stop! A mini body treatment (25 minutes) costs $70* while an essential manicure (20 minutes) costs $28.
Since opening, the famous red door brand is available in other New York locations, and worldwide too.
*prices correct at time of writing.
About the Red Door Spa Chatwal
The first thing I should tell you about the Red Door Spa Chatwal is its excellent central location. It’s situated in the legendary theatre district in New York City, and is within walking distance of major attractions. These include the Top of the Rock Observation Deck at the Rockefeller Centre and the Empire State Building. Be smart and skip the lines at some of the best attractions in the city with a pre-booked tour.
The hotel’s 5-star reputation is evident from its plush interiors and impressive accolades. It won the title of ‘North America’s Leading Luxury Hotel in 2017’ in the World Travel Awards.
Built in 1905, the hotel has 29 suites and 14 themed suites, each with its very own designer terrace. For that extra bit of luxury, you can have your very own professional butler and 24 hour in-room dining.
From the moment you step inside the spa, you’re struck by the instant aura of the place. It’s peaceful and calm, and a world away from the constant energy of the city outside. The receptionist greets you in a welcoming tone that’s as calm as the surrounding environment. Above the desk is the famous red door sign, and the cabinets stocked with iconic Elizabeth Arden products.
“…the communal relaxation area outside is just as nice while waiting for your treatment. It’s an intimate spot to enjoy a steaming glass of Rooibos tea and biscotti.”
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Facilities at the Red Door Spa Chatwal
Open to hotel guests and the general public, the spa has a great range of facilities. From the saltwater lap pool to the Jacuzzi plunge pool, relaxation here is mandatory. There’s also a well-equipped fitness centre for those who want to keep up the daily workout. Look out the unique chair made out of tennis balls — it’s more comfortable than it looks!
Before the treatment
Along with the treatment itself, the highlight of my visit was having my own private changing suite. There’s no sharing here at the Red Door Spa Chatwal NYC! Instead, all guests have a room where they can change, and safely keep their belongings. Inside is a grand-size walk-in steam shower, complete with Red Door Spa toiletries, and a toilet too.
I have to say, however, that the communal relaxation area outside is just as nice while waiting for your treatment. It’s an intimate spot to enjoy a steaming glass of Rooibos tea and biscotti. This and the pool area have a calming forest theme background, only adding to the soothing ambience.
I highly recommend spending some time in the pool or Jacuzzi if you arrive early for your treatment. It’s available for guests and clients that have an appointment. On my visit, no-one was using them, and I regretted not bringing my bathing suit.
After a short time, my manicurist came to collect me from the waiting area. Warm and smiley, I looked forward to having my treatment of an essential manicure. Lasting around 45 minutes, I enjoyed the extra touches during the treatment. This included a relaxing hand massage and a warm towel wrap around my hands before the polish application.
Upon leaving, I beamed as I left the Red Door Spa Chatwal. My nails, and hands, in much better condition, it was the icing on the cake to round off my experience.
A place to stay
With plenty of hotels to choose from in the city, The Chatwal New York is an ideal central location. It also ticks the luxury label — if that’s what you’re looking for, and is perfect for spa lovers.
For boutique hotel options, I can absolutely recommend the superb Greenwich Hotel in Tribeca and The Crosby Hotel in SoHo.
“On my visit, no-one was using them, and I regretted not bringing my bathing suit.”
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The Greenwich Hotel’s in one of my favorite parts of New York, and you can easily feel like a local. Likewise, The Crosby Hotel in SoHo sits in the heart of a trendy neighborhood, surrounded by excellent cafes and restaurants.
What do you think of the Red Door Spa Chatwal? Does it appeal to your inner flashpacker? Let me know in the comments below!
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