We rely on a few tried-and-true places to beautify ourselves, but scheduling multiple appointments and jumping from the gym to the salon to the spa can turn a relaxing day into an unnecessary headache.
Now we can tackle our fitness and beauty basics in one conveniently located place, thanks to Underground, the sweeping new health-and-wellness facility in the basement of the Parker Meridien hotel.
As if the designers had read our datebooks, the space provides all-in-one access to some of our favorite haunts: There's a Drybar for fast, $40 blowouts, a Tenoverten nail salon for Chanel-lacquer manicures (opening in April) and a Blue Dog Café for cold-pressed juices and tarragon-chicken salads.
Moonshine, the hotel's first-ever spa, emulates a sophisticated speakeasy with antique lamps, Turkish rugs and comfy chairs draped in faux-fur throws. The intimate six-room treatment center offers customized massages, Tata Harper facials and complimentary shots of its namesake liquor, should you need to loosen up before extractions.
Guests and locals alike can take advantage of all the new amenities--including the massive redesigned gym and glass-enclosed rooftop pool--so book appointments before this hidden gem becomes a public treasure.
Underground at Le Parker Meridien, 119 W. 56th St. (between Sixth and Seventh aves.); 212-245-5000 or parkermeridien.com