Frequently regarded as one of Seattle’s best manicure and pedicure salons, Hoa Salon’s clean and spa-like environment is a cut above run-of-the-mill nail parlors that reek of chemicals and hum with televised soap operas. Hoa’s hushed Roosevelt store calms patrons with its ambient lighting and a welcoming front desk. There’s no TV here (though WiFi is available), just plenty of OPI polishes to choose from and a spa menu that features manicures, pedicures and waxing treatments. Add paraffin, an exfoliating scrub, a mask, or leg massage to soften and soothe skin while you’re at it. And for special occasions, groups can reserve a private room with six pedicure stations for all to enjoy. Staff will even happily secure a banquet permit so the champagne and boutique treats can flow freely while getting your nails done.
At Frenchy's Day Spa, every last detail emanates the luxurious spirit of Paris, from the treatments to the product lines to the ornately curved furnishings and lamps resembling the Eiffel Tower. This living love letter to the City of Light has earned the spa much recognition from both local and national magazines. Their extensive list of services showcases an array of facials, which range from enzyme peels to more medically targeted treatments. Eyelash extensions, makeup application, brow shaping, and sugaring—a gentler, natural alternative to wax—also work to beautify guests.
As clients repose in deep leather chairs for a luxurious pedicure, they are pampered and massaged while sipping a cup of Market Spice Tea. In addition to also offering nail services and organic spray tans, clients can also peruse the beauty boutique for such products as Chantecaille, La Mer, and Babor.
The estheticians-in-training at Gary Manuel Aveda Institute promote inner and outer beauty with an array of skin and hair services in an atmosphere that celebrates the individual creativity of each student. All of the institute's students exclusively use the same products developed by Aveda, a socially conscious company that produces a full line of natural beauty products carried at nearly 7,000 salons and spas. Popular products deliver on Aveda's commitment to well-rounded earthly beauty with ecofriendly packaging cradling ingredients derived from the world's finest and least selfish plants.
Inside of an imposing gray building and behind giant glass doors, Bowie Salon and Spa delivers hair treatments to a unisex clientele that respects current trends. Aside from custom cuts, the salon offers a variety of specialty conditioning treatments, as well as hair extensions, bridal styling and blowouts. Its color approaches include full and partial foil, as well as Ombre treatments that pair lightened tips with darker roots in contrasting colors that seem natural. With tall ceilings and plenty of space between stylists’ stations, clients feel as calm as the Buddha statue that graces the salon’s front desk. Bowie’s large space also means the salon can host styling for groups, including the “Bubbles and Blowouts" service. For those who have trouble making time for an appointment, Bowie does styling house-calls.
The phrase "rock-star nails" might call to mind fingernails painted a gothic black, or ones made jagged by too much guitar-strumming. At A-Luxe Beauty Salon, however, rock-star nails are polished and glamorous—nail artist Liz Vargas crafts the shimmery designs that she lays atop enamel. With glitter-speckled base colors that fade from dark to light, the nails upgrade any manicure to a fashion statement.
The salon itself is colored just as boldly. Lime green, vibrant red, and blue tiled walls border the space where a team of beauty experts administers hair, skin, and nail services. Each treatment is meticulously customized, whether it's a haircut and blowout or a facial based on face-mapping, a method of skin analysis that's more reliable than conducting a phone survey on each pore. The staff are also particular about which products they use, stocking up on non-toxic nail polish, natural shea-butter foot cream, and the Dermalogica line of skincare formulas.
Butting up against historical neighborhoods including Pioneer Square and Capitol Hill, downtown Seattle boasts gorgeous views of the Puget Sound and outlying island, with locavore-friendly dining and thriving cultural institutions. The Seattle Public Library across the street from the hotel hosts free lectures from popular authors and offers a striking, unique view of the Elliot Bay from its 10th floor. Guests can take a tour, soak in the stunning, asymmetrical architecture of the building, or gaze meditatively at the surrounding public-art installations. The city's distinctive seaport setting is exemplified in seafood-specializing marketplaces, a plethora of pescatarian dining options, and the Seattle Aquarium. With an environmentalist mission in tow, the aquarium educates visitors on green practices, including the facility's own solar-assisted water heater. The underwater dome sports 360-degree views of salmon, cod, sharks, and rockfish moseying curiously around the subaqueous air bubble.