Top Hotel Spas
Relax and refresh at a fabulous hotel spa
Guests of the inns and hotels of Philadelphia and The Countryside® can now expect more than superlative service and historic trimmings. Increasingly, they can also avail themselves of in-room massages, customized facials, herbal body treatments and day-long day-spa escapes—without ever leaving the property. Such on-site luxuries are now standard, providing much-needed relaxation after traveling and rejuvenation before exploration.
Here are some spas to visit before or after spending a night or two:
In-Room & In Luck
Guests at the new, contemporary boutique hotel AKA Rittenhouse Square can order up gentle to intense in-suite massages and guided relaxation therapies. They can also book personalized workouts with the facility’s preferred personal trainer.
University City’s boutique-y Hilton Inn at Penn offers hypoallergenic, air-purified, allergy sufferer-friendly guest rooms, along with an in-room massage menu that includes a host of options: chamomile and lemon balm, aroma stone, mother-to-be, reflexology, deep tissue, sports and Swedish.
Center City’s popular Hotel Palomar Philadelphia has Wednesday yoga classes in its fitness room. In its guest rooms, guests can take advantage of brown sugar or sake and rice massages with; aromatherapy; vitamin C; and even gentleman-friendly facials with the Kerstin Florian products.
Chester County’s European-style Brandywine River Hotel has paired up with nearby Awakening Wellness Studio to allow guests to experience massage, Jim Shin Do acupressure, energy-balancing body therapy and the self-affirming meridian-tapping Emotional Freedom Technique.
On more than 100 acres of preserved farmland and featuring a circa 1740 manor house and 19th-century stone barn, Bucks County’s Inn at Barley Sheaf Farm offers nature-inspired body treatments such as a native grains scrub, an orchard fruit body mask and a massage with custom-blended herb and fruit oils.
A stay at the Hyatt at The Bellevue includes a guest pass to Center City’s top-notch, 93,000- square-foot Sporting Club at The Bellevue, a center with an indoor running track, 25-meter indoor pool, NBA baseball gym, yoga program and five massage therapy rooms, with amenities that range from airbrush tanning and hot stone therapy to hydrating facials and waxing.
A spa (and cardio center and lap pool) with a view is one selling point of the Loews Philadelphia Hotel’s 15,000-square-foot Breathe Spa and Fitness, where guests staying in Philly’s first skyscraper can enjoy a Thai massage, sugar “glo” scrub, Tuscan mud wrap, customized Clarins facial and deluxe four-handed massage.
In the heart of Old City, Lux Spa and Fitness at the Omni Hotel Independence Park is an Aveda Concept spa offering globally minded, nature-based offerings with the athlete in mind. There is an arnica and rosemary muscle melt that soothes aches and swelling, a bamboo stock massage that gets out kinks and a rosemary mint wrap and salt glow that protects and polishes.
In addition to its location next to a spa—see below—The Radnor Hotel offers guests the Club 591 fitness center with a personal trainer, outdoor pool and a certified massage therapist on premises.
Expensive—But Worth Every Penny
Main Line mainstay The Radnor Hotel teams up with next-door neighbor Jay Michael Salon and Spa to provide efficacious services such as anti-aging facials, body-shaping massages, eye treatments, eyelash dyes and pristine mani-pedis.
Tucked onto the third floor of The Rittenhouse Hotel, Adolf Biecker Salon and Spa offers amped-up Aveda treatments in its expansive, open-every-day day spa. Among its signature treatments: a Caribbean scrub, seaweed wrap, aromatherapy facial, peppermint oil massage, Vichy showers—even their waxing is relaxing. Patrons often arrive early or stay late to use the facility’s sleek indoor pool and fitness center. In-room treatments available.
The venerable Ritz-Carlton Philadelphia houses Richel D’Ambra Spa & Salon, an internationally inspired center focused on restoring balance to the body and skin via anti-stress scrubs, hydrating and calming facials, a full complement of massages, plus Reiki, raindrop therapy and chakra balancing. In-room treatments available.
Stashed below an elegant lobby, the Spa at the Four Seasons Hotel Philadelphia, open daily, is posh yet wholesome. Seasonally appropriate services feature organically minded Naturopathica products. Guests may select a rosemary sea salt scrub, sinus rescue, lemon verbena body polish, wood-stone massage with hot towel infusions—plus all-day access to the adjacent pool. In-room treatments available.