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NOTES FROM UNDERGROUND

03-13-12 | Posted by


New York City is full of hidden gems – a fabulous neighborhood bistro, a go-to boutique, an off-the-beaten-track champagne bar. Now, the Le Parker Meridien hotel joins the list with its new Underground space – 20,000 square feet of beauty, health and wellness shops and facilities.

Described as a “one-stop shop for the best in fitness and beauty basics,” the just opened space contains a blowout salon, a gym, a spa, a nail salon and a café. It is conceived as a destination not only for hotel guests, but also busy New Yorkers looking for convenient access to several services at once.

The new spa, aptly called Moonshine, really works the underground motif with speakeasy themed décor and room names. Stepping into Moonshine takes you back to the days of Prohibition and secret bars hidden in the depths of buildings. It truly is an urban oasis of a unique kind. Distinctly different from the rest of the hotel, Moonshine is decorated with rough hewn floors and walls juxtaposed with vintage trunks, faux-fur throws and Turkish rugs. The waiting room/lounge area will even contain a pot-bellied stove. The menu is kept simple, just customizable massages, facial and waxing services. Prices are more reasonable than most New York spas with massages and facials starting at $120 for 60 minutes.

Beautifying continues at Drybar, created around the idea of “No cuts. No color. Just blowouts,” at the reasonable price point of $40. Started in Los Angeles in 2010, Drybar now has 13 locations, two of which are in New York City (Flatiron and Le Parker Meridien hotel). The salon is designed to look and feel like a comfy, chic “bar” instead of a typical salon, complete with marble countertops, Italian styling chairs and flat screen TVs playing “chick flicks.” Any blowout style request can be accommodated, but if you are in a quandry check out their style book, which includes looks with names inspired by drinks like Straight Up, Manhattan and Mai Tai.

Gravity Fitness, the only former resident of the Underground space, has been completely redesigned and now is a multi-level 15,000 square foot state-of-the-art gym. Featuring Nautilus, Hammer Strength and Cybex equipment, Gravity Fitness also offers top-notch trainers and a full array of weekly group fitness classes. A glass-enclosed rooftop pool with views of Central Park incorporates a sundeck and can be visited on a day pass.

And since a snack is always in order after a workout, the Underground will soon include the Petit Blue Dog, a causal café that serves wholesome food such as organic vegan smoothies, cold pressed juices and detoxifying grass shots. It will be open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Not quite ready for primetime, Tenoverten nail salon will open next month. An uptown outpost of the beauty editor fave nail salon located in Tribeca, the new location will offer signature manicures and pedicures from 7 am to 10 pm on weekdays and 9am to 9pm on weekends.

The Underground is located at the Le Parker Meridien hotel at 119 West 56th Street in New York City.

 

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