9 New York Bathhouses to Soak the Cold Right Out of You
If, back in December, we were all about snowy strolls through Central Park, by now we’re one frozen pipe away from fleeing to warmer climates. So until we can pack up for that tropical getaway, an afternoon at a bathhouse can do wonders for coping with those extra-bleak days. Plus, a soak in an Epsom salt-infused whirlpool has all sorts of health benefits according to science spa brochures. Here, nine spots that promise to ease your winter woes—and warm you up in the process.
Aire Ancient Baths
This subterranean indoor water spa is located in a beautifully restored historic building, which is fitting since it strives to closely replicate ancient Greek and Roman bath traditions. Pools of varying temperatures fill the sprawling space, which is lit by candlelight, and guests are encouraged to journey through the baths at their own pace. While you can’t move in (we asked), you can extend your stay by booking a massage package.
88 Franklin St.; beaire.com
Speakeasies are so 2008—now we’re all about secret backyard hydrotherapy spas. You’d never guess from the exterior that a tranquil oasis awaits you out back (think whirlpools, saunas, rain showers, hammocks and a fire pit). The socially conscious company is more than just an adorable space, though: It offers budget-friendly community hours to help keep it accessible for people of all income levels. And yes, it’s open rain (or snow) or shine.
496 President St., Brooklyn; citywellbrooklyn.com
If saving money was not one of your resolutions, then dive into this luxe water lounge in the Greenwich Hotel—the $95 baths can only be booked with the purchase of a full-length treatment. But if we have to sign up for a signature massage in order to soak in the seasonal “Winter Bath” filled with raw spicy ginger root (which helps ward off pesky colds), then so be it.
377 Greenwich St.; thegreenwichhotel.com/shibui-spa
We’ve been known to venture upstate just to soak in a picture-perfect claw-foot tub, so when we discovered Juvenex, we were hooked. While you’re there, try out the Kombu Body Wrap, which involves being draped in mineral-rich seaweed from France said to help with bloating and jet lag—not that it matters since we’re staycationing for this anyway.
25 W. 32nd St.; juvenexspanyc.com
No suit? No problem. This recently opened luxury water spa features gender-segregated areas that forbid the use of clothing or bathing suits (the belief is chemicals from the fabric can be drawn out and absorbed by your pores). If exhibitionism isn’t your jam, there are also plenty of pools, saunas and tubs reserved for swimsuit-wearers. Oh and did we mention there’s a swim-up bar?
115 E. 57th St.; premier57.com
Great Jones Spa
This downtown staple is the perfect place to unwind among the chaos of lower Manhattan. The first thing you’ll notice upon entering the spa is the soothing sound of the three-story indoor waterfall. Pro tip: Bring a book because you’ll want to hang out all day on a lounge chair in the quiet space after you’ve enjoyed the detox water, steam and sauna circuit.
29 Great Jones St.; gjspa.com
Body by Brooklyn
What’s better than an afternoon spent relaxing at a wet lounge? Doing so with your entire squad. This is our pick for get-togethers large and small (like a birthday party or bridal shower). The Brunch & Bath package includes a glass of Champagne on arrival, a gourmet meal (with a cocktail) and a little gift to take home. Bathtime hasn’t been this fun since our rubber ducky days.
275 Park Ave., Brooklyn; bodybybrooklyn.com
Russian & Turkish Baths
No list of NYC bathhouses would be complete without this East Village institution. It has a storied past that dates back to 1892 and includes celebrity devotees (Frank Sinatra was known to unwind there) and is riddled with family conflicts (the brothers who co-own the space split the days they operate it; prices and discounts vary depending on whose day you patronize). Don’t worry, though: We promise the drama won’t detract from your bliss.
268 E. Tenth St.; russianturkishbaths.com
Sojo Spa Club
While not technically in New York, this Edgewater, New Jersey-based spa offers a free shuttle service throughout the day from Midtown. If the Outdoor Silk Bath (which uses Japanese ionization technology to nourish the skin and improve its elasticity) isn’t enough reason to make the trip to the state-of-the-art bathhouse, the views of Manhattan should be.
660 River Rd., Edgewater, NJ; sojospaclub.com