*Lobby at Ink48, A Kimpton Hotel in New York, New York
I had some time before the ISPA Media Event in Manhattan and decided to experience InkSpa at Ink48, a Kimpton Hotel that opened on July 1.
Set in a former printing house, Ink48 is located on 48th Street and 11th Avenue. It's an easy walk from the Javits Center and the Manhattan Cruise Ship Terminal on the Hudson River is just around the corner. It's the first upscale hotel in Manhattan’s Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood.
I entered the 222-room, 17-story boutique hotel and immediately felt very comfortable. The spaces are on a human scale and inviting.
*Spa Reception at InkSpa at Ink48 Hotel
I took the elevator to the second floor where InkSpa is located. As I entered the spa, my eyes were immediately drawn across the room to the lovely rooftop Zen garden.
Waiting Area in InkSpa Overlooking the Zen Garden
I checked in at the reception desk and completed a form. My esthetician, Kristie, reviewed the information with me.
Waiting Area in InkSpa
We waited for a few minutes. When a woman who had just
a massage emerged from the hallway, I understood why. She had been in the changing room. Only one client at a time can use it. If it's occupied, someone waiting to have a service or someone who is finished with a service needs to wait. There were only two of us, so it wasn't a problem, but I can see how this could turn into a real log jam for the spa on a busy day - a typical issue that a new spa has to resolve.
Locker Room in InkSpa
Kristie escorted me to the changing room. I put my things in a locker and donned a robe and slippers.
*Spa Treatment Room Overlooking the Zen Garden
Kristie was waiting for me and escorted me across the hallway into a lovely treatment room that overlooked the Zen garden. She started my Lasting Impression Facial by removing my makeup and analyzing my skin. She explained that the spa used organic and eco-friendly products from Kerstin Florian for all their facials.
gentle glycolic peel was working, Kristie massaged my hands. She said the peel would help to lift away dead surface cells and reveal a more uniform complexion. She then gave me an "acu-lift" facial massage - really one of the best face massages I've had. She said its purpose was to promote healing and restore balance. It certainly felt wonderful! As usual, I drifted off into the "zone." I lost track of all the steps of the facial. I remember her mentioning neroli and ampoule. My face felt great when it was all over, and she gave me the rest of the ampoule to use at home between my toner and moisturizer.
Couples Treatment Room in InkSpa
InkSpa has three treatment rooms - the one I had my facial in, a massage treatment room and a couples treatment room.
Experience Shower in the
Couples Treatment Room in InkSpa
The couples treatment room is equipped with an experience shower and heated towel racks / robe warmers.
Heated Towel Racks / Robe Warmers in the Couples Treatment Room in InkSpa
Because of the intimate size of InkSpa, it makes a great place to spend a spa day with friends. It can accommodate up to 12 guests and offers catering.
offered at InkSpa at the time of my visit include:
Ink Spa Signature Treatments
- Lasting Impression Facial
- Lavender Reflection Body Scrub
- Indelible Expression Massage Therapies
The Press Room: Massage Therapies
- In Suite
- Gentle Chamomile Scrub
- Jet Lag Recovery
- Spirulina Detox Body Wrap
Type Faces: Skin Care Treatments
- Freestyle Facial
- Dew Drop Facial
- Rescue Remedy
- Cleansing Back Treatment
- Etched Facial
- Facial Enhancements
- Ampoule Therapy
- Vitamin C Ampoule
- Intensive Repair Ampoule
- Anti Redness Ampoule
- Glycolic Exfoliation
- Vital Eye Rescu