A little over a week ago I was given the opportunity to try a blowout at Drybar, which is something I have been meaning to do, but just couldn’t find the time. I mean how brilliant is this business idea? Offer blowouts only for one price? No cut, no color, no bull. The blowout by the way was amazing. I sipped coffee, watched a chick flick on a flat screen in front of me and had one of the better shampoos I’ve had in a long time. The blowout also lasted 4 days! Almost a record. Anyway, what I wasn’t prepared for was the entire brand new 20,000 square foot, beauty, health and wellness emporium I stepped into at the Le Parker Méridien hotel.
This massive ‘Underground’ Le Parker Méridien has developed is something that has not existed in New York before…a one-stop shop for the best in fitness and beauty basics. The Underground offers a completely pampering, yet efficient way to beautify including:
- Gravity Fitness – totally renovated state-of-the art gym
- Moonshine – the first ever spa concept at the hotel
- Petit Blue Dog Café – healthy bites perfect for a workout or day of beauty
- Drybar – No cuts. No color. Just blowouts.
- Tenoverten – the destination manicure
At the time of my visit Moonshine was to open in a few days, Petit Blue Dog Café was to open in a few weeks (but I was able to sample some of the yummy and healthy food) and Tenoverten wasn’t quite open yet. However, I did tour the gym and Moonshine (more on that in a bit).
“At Le Parker Meridien, we pride ourselves on creating, or bringing in brands, that add something to the hotel and attract not only guests
but locals. We have been very successful in this approach with our restaurants – NORMA’S, burger joint and Knave. With the creation of the new
Underground level, the hotel offers a solution for women who have to travel uptown, downtown and crosstown to beautify – and we think the new
space will truly streamline their routine. Not to mention hotel guests who can get everything done in a “New York Minute.” – Steven Pipes, President.
Drybar was created by longtime professional stylist Alli Webb around the refreshing simple idea of “No cuts. No color. Just Blowouts.” After years of frustration overpaying for blowouts at traditional salons, and enduring the dreaded discount chain alternative, she decided to create
a fun, clean, and beautiful atmosphere where like-minded women could get an incredible blowout at an affordable, fixed price. The atmosphere was like a party and I had the opportunity to talk to Alli who was super cool and who like me, also has two young boys. It’s hard being a girlie girl with all that make energy!
Appointments may be booked online at thedrybar.com or by calling 877.379.2279.
When I need a few hours away from the boy madness I know where I am headed. Moonshine! I was given a tour of the spa which has now opened and let me tell you, it was the coolest spa I have ever seen! The first ever spa at Le Parker Meridien is a space that was unearthed from long-ago, and given a unique design aesthetic by the hotel’s go-to designer, Colum McCartan. It is uniquely different from the rest of the Undergound space with rough floors and walls juxtaposed with a treasure trove of luxurious items including vintage Louis Vuitton trunks, faux-fur throws, Turkish rugs and an abundance of candles. The place smelled fantastic and I literally felt at ease and relaxed as soon as I stepped into the stunning lounge shown above.
The spa features a beautiful lounge with vintage Louis Vuitton trunks, faux-fur throws,Turkish rugs and an abundance of candles. The 6 treatment rooms are named after prohibition cocktails Sidecar, Gimlet, Bee’s Knees, Rusty Nail, Stinger and Salty Dog. Each guest is offered a shot of “moonshine” to loosen up pre-service (of course I had to try the moonshine, I had never had it before. STRONG!). Instead of a large and confusing menu featuring scrubs, wraps, 10 different types of massages and facials – Moonshine provides two options – massage or facial. Each treatment is customized and tailor-made to make sure every individual really leaves feeling and looking their best. If you want them to spend the entire hour messaging your back, they will.
Massage – 60 min. for $120; 90 min. for $180
Facial – 60 min. for $120; 90 min. for $180
Waxing – an array… pricing upon request
All facials use Tata Harper products
For info, hours of operation and reservations visit moonshinespa.com or call 212.708.7444.
Underground at Le Parker Méridien is located at 119 West 56th Street (between 6th and 7th Avenues).
– Lauren Dimet Waters
FTC Disclosure: Blowout service provided for review.