5 Places To Get Pampered On The Cheap

Looking and feeling your best in NYC is simple enough…there’s certainly no shortage of cheap mani/pedi salons and Chinatown massage parlors, not to mention ALL. THOSE. GROUPONS.  Some may argue that you get what you pay for.  While there are certainly instances of truth in this, we at UsedYorkCity gathered together our go-to cheap spots for a perfectly lovely pamper that will leave you feeling like a million bucks.

The $20 Manicure + Pedicure

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I’ve been going to Aroma Nail & Spa for years, even though I live no where near the neighborhood.  Seriously, for the price, they’re that good (I even went here for my wedding mani/pedi!).  They take their time, focusing on making sure the cuticles are looking neat, that your polish is applied perfectly, and they even include a hot stone leg massage into the price.

Another bonus: unlike other nail salons, the ladies at Aroma are never pushy about upgrading your package.

WHERE: Aroma Nail & Spa
349-399 East 13th Street
New York, New York

The $20 Haircut + Blowout + Style

For those times that you want a quick trim/refresher, booking an appointment at this chic Japanese hair salon and training school simply can’t be beat.  Granted, they are an actual salon too, but if you book with a master stylist, you will be paying master prices.  However, the students are eager to please their professor/boss, and spend a crazy amount of time making sure your hair is nothing short of perfect before you leave.

I went here for my last cut (where I chopped 6 inches!), and could not have been happier.  When booking, just make sure you request a student for the listed pricing.

WHERE: Hayato
125 East 23rd Street
New York, New York

The $28 60-Minute Foot Reflexology

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Whether you believe in Eastern medicine or not, this reflexology leaves those tired, heel-wearing, over-walked NYC feet of yours feeling all kinds of happy again.  (The medical part aside, it just feels like a really, really amazing foot and leg rub…I think that’s something we can all get down with!)

Like many “cheap” Chinatown establishments, the decor is nothing to write home about…simple and sparse come to mind.  You sit in over-stuffed chairs for the procedure, and as a bonus, nobody is pushy about small-talk so you can close your eyes and really enjoy the experience (a plus to limited English speaking!)

WHERE: New Health World, Chinese Herbs Tuina
63 Mott Street
New York, New York

The $40 Spa Day Pass

SPA-CASTLE-POOL

For $40 during the week or $50 on the weekend, you get complete access to what can only be described as a water park of relaxation for grownups (although let it be noted that children are allowed, and it can get pretty crazy on the weekends…if at all possible, take a day and go when they’re all at school!)

Located in Queens, this 100,000 square foot complex offers just about everything your mind, body, and soul could possibly desire: a gold sauna, jade sauna, salt sauna, color therapy sauna…not to mention the amazing rooftop pool and hot tub.  Oh, and gender specific sauna, hot tub, pool, and steam room facilities where you are encouraged to relax in the nude…(I feel like it’s important to mention those things ahead of time, right?!)

WHERE: Spa Castle
131 10 11th Avenue
College Point, New York

The $45 60-Minute Full Body Massage

I’ve sung the praises of the Village Chinese Therapy folks before, but I’ll say it again: after 9 years of living in the city, I have yet to find a better full-body massage parlor.  It’s nothing fancy: tables are separated by thin paper sheets hung from the ceiling, and there’s even a slight red-light glow that emanates from inside…and DON’T go to the bathroom if you are OCD in the least.  But the massage seriously can’t be beat.  I pilgrimage down to this place as often as my wallet allows.

WHERE: Village Chinese Therapy Center
11 Saint Marks Place
New York, New York

Obviously, we encourage you to tip generously on all these services (for the tourists: 20% is the going average for good service in the city.)  And while some of the above will accept credit cards, I’d suggest bringing cash if it’s an option, they’ll forgo the sales tax that way (and in NYC sales tax is no joke!)

What’s your go-to cheap pamper spot?  Share below!

 

By: Jessica Tiare Bowen

 

This post is part of Travel Photo Thursday at Budget Travelers Sandbox and Friday Postcards at Walking On Travels.

 

 



15 Responses to “5 Places To Get Pampered On The Cheap”

  1. Catherine says:

    Some great bargains here! I so want to get pampered right now. Will have to see if I can find anything as good as these in my neck of the wood!
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  3. I love that spa! The best tip in London if you don’t have a hotel spa is to head for the premium virgin active gyms. there are three. The gyms are great, but better still is unlimited use of the spa facilities on a guest pass
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  4. Mike says:

    Hi Jessica! We would love a spa day right now :) We hope all is well with the three of you! :)
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    • Used York City says:

      Hi Mike! You very much deserve a spa day! Popping over to your page now to see how Phoenix is!

  5. What a great array of spots to head out to. Each one is better than the one previous. I am impressed!
    I have a couple of favorite places: Kiwi Nail Spa is $22 for a pedicure that is more than just “basic” and a store-full of polish colors. The other levels of pedicures are $32 and then $42–which is such a great deal for the services you are provided
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    • Used York City says:

      So great to know, Stevie! Will jot that down for next time I’m in LA…we can get pedis together!;-)

  6. Muza-chan says:

    Interesting, thanks :)
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  7. Maria Falvey says:

    Perfect treat – a little pampering and… Wow! Great deals – I can’t get those prices where I’m at.
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    • Used York City says:

      Yeah it’s so interesting….NYC is notorious for being expensive, but when it comes to the beauty front, there are prices that beat other parts of the country! So much competition, I guess?

  8. budget jan says:

    You have found some amazing bargains. I only wished I lived in NYC to take advantage of them. I shall share with my social media friends in case some of them can share the booty. :)
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