Spa Review: Guerlain Spa at the Waldorf Astoria

Courtesy of Guerlain Spa

I was in New York from DC for an event and the rain was relentless all day. The last thing I wanted to do was make the slushy trek into Manhattan from Brooklyn to check out a spa. Still, duty called. When I arrived at the Waldorf Astoria, I thought it was beautiful, of course; but a bit stodgy and traditional. The setting did nothing to lift my rain-soaked mood.

But then I entered the lobby of the The Guerlain Spa. Wow. That was my first thought. I really had no idea what to expect, and was pleasantly surprised by the sleek, modern, light and airy space. It's actually a nice juxtaposition to the hotel.

Guerlain Spa has touches that I think every spa should adopt. A glass of Champagne upon arrival: Check! A relaxing footbath while you fill out the background form: Check! A personal suite including bathroom and shower where the services come to YOU instead of you going to them: Check and check!

My therapist, Lynda, was so nice; but I appreciated her knowledge even more. I was having the Guerlain Radiance Facial--an hour of pure bliss. It was so stress free--even my extractions, which can sometimes be painful, were stress free. I went in thinking, no extractions, no extractions, because I wanted to preserve my face for the event later that evening. But under Lynda’s guidance and advice, I moved forward with the extractions and could not have been happier. There was no trauma to my skin; instead it was smooth and radiant (just as promised). The Guerlain Spa products Lynda used are now on my Christmas, Birthday, Just-Because wishlists, specifically the Super Aqua line, which, it turns out, worked wonders on my combo skin.

Lynda suggested that I get a facial every 4-6 weeks. Let me see… That means I’ll be back in NYC at the Guerlain Spa by April 10th. Can’t wait!

For more information on The Guerlain Spa at New York's Waldorf Astoria, click here.

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