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Olympic Spa

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3915 W Olympic Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90019
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(323) 857-0535
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Olympic Spa - Los Angeles, CA
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Love the shiatsu massage and reflexology massage combo when I don't feel like going to the spa part. When I do....Pure Bliss and Goddess are worth every penny. Full Body Scrub, F...

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Since the economy is so bad I thought I should save some money and go to the Olympic Spa instead of my regular spa. I had been once to this spa for a facial and it was great, so ...

The Goddess Treatment: not for Me 1/26/2009

Since the economy is so bad I thought I should save some money and go to the Olympic Spa instead of my regular spa. I had been once to this spa for a facial and it was great, so I decided to try the ""goddess body ritual"", oh how I regret it.... when I first walked into the pool area I was shocked to see women bathing sitting on tiny stools rubbing each part of their body like they are in their own bathroom, with no shame or modesty at all, then I watch how many women lied on tables completely unclothed and exposed while being massaged and rubbed, I took a shower and waited for my turn... I was dreading it, at some point I actually thought of canceling my treatment, but then I thought, well I should try something new even if I am not comfortable with it, now I regret it. I asked one of them employees for a private room but she said that nobody cared, and she told me where they were going to do my treatment. So I watched my masseuse finish with the lady before me and barely throw some water on the table and pass a scrub on it and come to get me. At that point I thought is this sanitary? ? and when we got to the table she helped me get my robe off and signaled me to lay on the table face up, and put a towel on my face, which I didn't remove for the rest of the time because I was so embarrassed and uncomfortable, and wondering if I am going to get some disease from this unsanitary situation, I don't even know if she was using the same sponge to scrub me that she used with the previous lady.... I regret not canceling my treatment and seriously considering visiting my doctor. Pros: Great facial treatments Cons: Pool area / massage tables not very sanitary more

Great Reflexolgy For Tired Feet 11/8/2008

Love the shiatsu massage and reflexology massage combo when I don't feel like going to the spa part. When I do....Pure Bliss and Goddess are worth every penny. Full Body Scrub, Facial, Massage, Hair treatment all wrapped in. The Best! Cons: the bathrooms need updating. a line when busy. more

No more lizzard skin!!! 10/13/2008

This place rocks my world! I had the Pure Bliss treatment 2 weeks ago and I'm still smooth. Yes, it is a little on the harsh side (those ladies can scrub a little on the hard side and if they do it too hard, ask them to ease up a bit) but hang in there for wonderful skin afterward. The exfoliation was amazing, the massage heaven and the facial outstanding. Yes, you are totally without clothes/bathing suits and yes, the women in there come in every shape and size. It is a no frills spa for sure but so worth it. I could spend hours each day there if only I didn't have a job. Bring your own shampoo, conditioner, body wash, (they do supply this but I prefer my own) and scrubby loofah to complete your time there. Then, dry off, put on your rode and take a cat nap on the heated floor,blankets provided. Don't let your shyness keep you from going. You will not regret it!!! Pros: Valet parking, services are cheap, busy but not overcrowded, massage is awesome, sell loofahs if you forget yours Cons: None! more

Bracing but Excellent Spa Experience 9/28/2008

Olympic Spa is not for those who expect complete luxury in their spa experiences. While the treatments are equal or superior to those at high-end spas, the ambiance is *not*. It is more akin to a YMCA...in the Soviet Union....in 1955. Keep in mind that old does not necessarily mean dirty. I have visited this spa twice and I will definitely go again. You must drop your inhibitions because bathing suits are not allowed. Yes, there are towels and skimpy robes available. Expect to see women of all types wandering around in the altogether, plus the attendants in black bras and undies. On one visit, I had the Goddess, which included a scrub (hard-core), sugar rub, massage, facial, scalp massage and hair wash/condition, all for $100. The intent here is not to relax you, but to make sure you are clean and healthy. On my next visit, I had a 75 minute massage for $75. It was a serious massage that ended with the masseuse using her feet on my back--excellent but hardly relaxing. You can use the pools, saunas and steam rooms for $15, which is a steal. They also have a heated jade floor--patrons lay out blankets and rest. Free valet parking! Pros: affordable, serious treatments; free valet parking Cons: very old facility more

Best culture shock spa 4/10/2008

I was nervous at first because of the nakedness, but yes you have to get used to it. I got the acne facial from Ann, and it was probably the most painful facial I have ever had. She really pushed hard on the extractions to the point where I thought she broke my nose. They have no limit or boundaries on the pain facter. \r However for massages and the bathhouse, I highly recommend it. It's an awesome place to just detox and relax. Pros: The price is unbeatable Cons: The pain factor more

Bad experience 2/18/2008

Went in for Goddess treatment, first time. NOT given in a PRIVATE ROOM; all treatments are in room where the pools saunas showers. Hear chitter chatter, showers running\r \r First BODY SCRUB. Felt like my SKIN being RUBBED OFF and bleeding. The lady did ask if it was okay, and (regretfully) I said yes. I have this flaw where I tend to trust the expertise of people. In between, she would throw buckets of water on me I wasn't expecting. Told her I CAN'T GET ANY WATER IN MY left EAR. She said, ""okay."" \r \r The body shampoo smelled great, but her hands were MOVING SO FAST, I couldn't relax. \r \r WORST PART: she threw a bucket of water on me, with absolutely no concern for my ear which I specifically told her about, a whole bunch of water went directly into my ear. Then she took A TISSUE AND ROLLED THE EDGE OF IT TO A FINE TIP POINT AND STUCK IT IN MY EAR! OUCH. I didn't know I signed up for this! I remained courteous and got my ear plugs from my locker (thought I'd need only for the showers). I showed her the scar behind my ear and held up my fingers to ""4"" saying I've had 4 surgeries in this ear. SHE OBVIOUSLY DID NOT KNOW ENGLISH. I have nothing against immigrants, I am one myself but I'd like whoever is working on me (while I have no clothes on at all) to be able to communicate with me. Call me crazy.\r \r The face and scalp massage, and hair shampoo were (surprisingly!) ROUGH. I know for a fact that she was pulling out hairs because she spent the rest of the treatment periodically picking hairs off my body. A little shedding expected, but this was too much. \r \r Ended up getting a severe painful ear infection (first since my last surgery almost 3 years ago!), had to go to the doctor, on antibiotic eardrops and oral antibiotics. Got SCABS on my arms from scratches from the scrub, and I BROKE OUT on my face (rare). I know that typically after facials break outs occur, but this wasn't a facial. Pros: valet parking, nice products Cons: not relaxing, no privacy, staff that doesn't speak English more

Not what I expected 12/6/2007

I went to olympic spa for the first time because I heard of their great prices and spa packages. When i got to the locker room, i noticed women walking around without clothes which was ok, but they were a bit crass for my taste.. scratching themselves in private areas and otherwise acting a bit vulgar (I'm no princess, but I was a bit shocked). I ordered the Pure Bliss - and it was anything but blissful. I was led to an area of the spa and told to lay on a wet table by a korean lady that was more like a drill sargent than a masseuse. She did not speak english and would get upset when I asked her to repeat a command that i did not understand. She proceeded to scrub me down violently as if i had been covered in sewage and i thought.. ok, well at least i'm getting a good exfoliation.. it will all be worth it when the massage part comes. Wrong! The massage was even more violent. I felt like a tough steak being pounded and seasoned for dinner. I did not feel connected to my masseuse. It was like I was not human to her and she was just going through the motions of her job. Funny thing is that I actually like firm hands and deep tissue massage, but this was insane! I could not wait for it to be over. If I had gone just for the exfoliation and paid $30, i guess i would have been ok with that, but i went in for what was advertised as a blissful experience, and left feeling more tense than when i came in, but with smoother skin. Pros: Inexpensive, good exfoliation, great valet, nice products for sale Cons: Rude masseuses, difficult to communicate, massages were awful and painful, slightly unsanitary more

Good place 4/30/2007

I think the spa is good. What I didn't like about the spa was that the Korean ladies that go to the spa were very rude, unclean and don't like people that are not Korean. One of them even screamed at me because I was wearing sandals. By the way, I have been to several other spas (NY, Hawaii, Spain, Morocco, Chile, Argentina and so on) and have always worn sandals. Actually, all the other spas I have been to require you to wear sandals. Anyway, the place is good. I loved the restaurant and the shiatsu massage, but the people that go there are not very nice.\r \r Advise: Educate your clientele and let them know that LA is a diverse city.\r \r Pros: price more

Take it off with Grandma 11/20/2006

This place is not for the modest. Everyone that is there is completely without clothes and you're expected to comply to this as well. Also, the masseuse that worked on my was ""very"" friendly. However, it's a great bargain and the treatments that my friend and I received were top notch. Have fun, but don't go if you're shy. more

too crowded, and please take your feet of the table 10/31/2006

I was with a gf there and was shocked to see Korean women like to put their feet on table and sink counters. I feel so unsanitary since a lot of ppl don't wear slippers and walk around barefoot. they put their feet on the counters where we tried to blowdry our hair. the oddest thing is, considering how unsanitary it is, I was told I can not use a mask in the steam room. It's a facial mud mask, but everyone there was shock to see my gf and I use that while everyone have their feet on surfaces where we put our hands and face. \r the scrubbing area was worse, u can literally touch another customer when u lift your hand up, not even reaching for them. it's so crowded. My gf and I do enjoy the scrub service, but decided NOT to come back to this one. It's too korean for me and unsanitary. I tried the foot massage, wish I had my hour and $$ back. horrible. We decided to continue to go to ones in Heicienda Heights' Korean spa. It's lot less crowded and they understand there's other than Korean customers who utilize their spa. Pros: Daphne product. a lot of pool for soaking Cons: did not allow me to put facial mask on in steam room while everyone likes to put feet up on sink; weird sanitary culture more

my FAVORITE spa in L.A. 9/10/2006

I was just there last night and after sitting in the various pools for an hour and basically chanting the mantra, ""I love Olympic Spa, I love Olympic Spa,"" over and over again, I decided perhaps it was time I write a review. I've been going to Olympic Spa for around three years and I absolutely adore it. It's intimate, clean, women-only, cheap and has the best and most varied pools and sauna/ steam rooms of ANY spa I've been to in the world. Seriously. The most standard thing about Olympic Spa is the whirlpool, which is the second hottest pool there. The hottest pool is the Mugwort (a.k.a. Angelica) pool, a particularly good herb for women. It's like steeping yourself in a giant bowl of tea. It's very hot, but unlike some other Korean spas, it's not scalding, it's perfect. Likewise, their cold plunge pool is very cold but not so close to the point of freezing that a brave soul can't get in. Their steam room isn't just your standard steam room. It's made of jade and oxygen stone. The floor is jade which eminates positive Qui and the walls are made of oxygen stone, which detoxifies. This room is exclusive to Olympic Spa. My favorite room is the Oxygen and Bichotan Charcoal Therapy Room. Again, the oxygen stone detoxifies, while the Bichotan Charcoal, created by baking the ubame-gashi tree at over 1800 degrees, moisturizes the skin. In addition to the bathing room, they offer a wide variety of massages, scrubs, facials, and nail services. Their shiatsu will leave you shivering with energy and delight. And even with their half hour massage they work in a soothing cucumber facial mask and a milk body rinse to complete the feeling of total relaxation. Olympic Spa has left me spoiled. Why would I pay hundreds of dollars for an occasional ""treat"" that compared to Olympic is incomplete when I can go every week to the spa I REALLY love? Olympic Spa. Pros: everything Cons: not located in my house more

cheap and worth it................... 8/29/2006

ok,so i have been here about 5 times and i love it people are friendlly parking is easy.a place to check out if you like spas,without spending lots of money. Pros: great deals, and good products, bumble and bumble and fresh Cons: located in the hood more

BEST SPA EXPERIENCE OF MY LIFE!!! 8/8/2006

I went to Olympic Spa to satisfy my curiosity about Akasuri. So a friend & I made an appointment the treatment called Pure Bliss which included an Akasuri Body Scrub, a citrus jojoba bead body polish, a full session Korean Deep Tissue Massage with aromatherapy oils, a stimulating essential oil scalp massage, a botanical facial massage & chamomile mask, hair wash & conditioning with Bumble and Bumble. We quickly realized that we had to lose all our inhibitions once we entered the hot tub/pool and spa treatment area. Everyone was walking around exposed, all kinds of women; fat, skinny, old, young, Asian, black, white, sagging, tight you get the point...We were ordered to go to the communal showers and wash ourselves with the soap provided before entering the herbal pools. After soaking for a few minutes an older Korean woman in a black bra & underwear, called my number for my treatment to begin. I made my unclothed journey across the room to the scrubbing/treatment area where there were six plastic covered beds lined up & some bare women getting treated by other black-lingerie clad women. She ordered me to lie face down on my table & without delay she put on one green and one yellow mitt and started scrubbing away. Every inch of my body was scrubbed vigorously. Then was the body massage, she then proceeded to the facial massage & applied the mask. While waiting for the mask to harden, she gave me a neck and shoulder massage. I was then covered in steaming towels & she wiped my whole body down to remove all of the excess oil. After she peeled off the face mask, she washed my hair & gave me another head massage. My hair was wrapped in a towel, she sat me up, rubbed something cool down my spine, draped me in a robe, put slippers on my feet, thanked me, & handed me a gratuity envelope. This was probably the best $100 I've ever spent. It was nice leaving a massage without my hair feelings oily! [u can just the scrub for $30]. Pros: On-time, cheap, parking more

Best Facial EVER 7/12/2006

I absolutely love this place, but there are certain treatments not for me. I'm bit of a wuss, so their massages and body scrubs are too rough for me. My best friend LOVED them, but she likes her massages deep and hard. I had a shiatsu massage and I didn't realize that means they walk on your back, which I didn't want. I tried to tell her to take it easy but word to the wise-- usually only the receptionists speak English so don't expect to be able to give your ""caretaker"" instructions. What really got me is the public bathing area-- the hot tubs and saunas. Their Jade Stone room is amazing-- not too hot (I'm sensitive to heat). Just the perfect temperature, you could be in there for hours. The room is heavy with steam and it has a herbal essence to it-- like swimming in a cloud of the steam coming off a hot cup of chamomile tea. Water drips from the ceiling and as long as there are no idiots talking in there, you feel transported to another world. \r And I have NEVER had a better facial in my life. The extractions were painful, but in the end it was worth it because they got every clogged pore on my face. I have had tons of facials at really expensive spas but none compared to how this one worked. My face glowed for a week afterwards-- it took at least 5 years off my face. I have never had such amazing looking skin-- I couldn't stop staring at myself in the mirror! Ann was the woman I saw, she was great (and speaks English. Well, mostly). So basically if you can get over the shyness of being sans clothing in front of everyone and being treated like a piece of meat (there is no fancy shmancy here) it's the ultimate find in LA. And trust me, I am a bit of a spoiled princess-- but I'm not Paris Hilton so I can't afford the fancy treatments all the time-- here you can pay $100 for treatments that would normally cost you at least double that. I am hooked for life. Pros: The prices are killer for what you get. Cons: No soft music playing in your treatment room-- don't expect Burke Williams. more

You get what you pay for! 2/5/2006

This spa reminded me a junior high girls locker room. I booked my appointment for a Friday evening and due to lack of communication, language barrier, they had me booked for Saturday. So I got in and hung out in the sauna/steam room/hot tub/cold tub/shower area for a while then they called my locker number for service. I felt like I was at the DMV. I had the scrub in a small area with 5 other naked ladies. The scrubber tells me to put this towel over my face and proceeds to scrub me like I was a sink load of dishes. Then splashes water on me to rinse the exfoliate. I requested a relaxation Swedish type massage. I ended up being the masseuses personal punching bag. Afterwards, she said You are so tense. Watch out for spa bargains Cons: Cheap, Language Barrier, Atmosphere more

Can't Beat the Price!! 1/28/2006

This spa is really one of a kind. If you can overlook the fact that it's a no-frills type of place, then you have a treat in store. The time I went I didn't get an extra service but the $15 amenities fee gets you a lot anyways. If you go, take a body scrub because a lot of women sit down and scrub their bodies. Pros: inexpensive more

Best Bargain in L.A. 11/13/2005

Okay, the locker room isn't fancy and you don't get a fluffy white robe and big fluffy towels, but you also don't have to get stressed about how expensive it is. Today, I had a 75-minute massage, an upper leg/bikini wax and a body scrub for about what I would have paid for an hour and a half massage at a Westside spa. And the services were just as good as at a Westside spa, if not better. I don't understand the comments about communication difficulties - I've never had any problem communicating with the Korean staff. I love the restaurant - you can have a hearty, filling Korean meal for $7 (yes, that's not a typo). Or a great fresh fruit drink for $4. Only con is too many people come with their girlfriends and yak, disturbing the tranquil atmosphere Of course that can also happen in pricey spas. Pros: Good value, Great hours, Accepts walk-ins Cons: Some people yak more

I wish I was a Spa Girl 10/22/2005

Well, now I am and I can afford to be as much as I'd like. I was there today. All day. Wonderful! I had the Pure Bliss treatment which consisted of, well, everything. Check out the web-site. The prices are soooo low!!! You get way more for your money than I ever expected. I could have cared less about being completely undressed (no clothes allowed, a women only facility). After 3 minutes I forgot I was, and honestly it was quite liberating! It is because of places like this and neighborhoods like this that make LA the greatest city in the USA! I highly recommend the Oxygen Bicotan room and the Mugwort pool. I feel like a new woman. I will be making this spa a permanent part of my life you can count on it! I have turned many friends and family on th this place and everyone thus far adores it. I also recently had the Head-To-Toe treatment. The absolute most amazing facial I ever had in my life, ask for Ann. My face felt amazing for days after and just glowed. You get a foot massage with the facial. I JUST LOVE THIS PLACE!!!! Pros: affordable, free parking, perfect treatments Cons: none, I love it too much more

Fantastic Culture Shock 10/20/2005

I go to Olympic Spa every time I get a cold. I swear its the only thing that cures me! The jade steam, the oxygen stone and the mugwort soak bring me back to health all for 15 bucks!! Its amazing. Don't be culture shocked, all the signs are in korean, no one speaks English and there are no modest women to be found, but if you really trully need to heal this is the place to go! Pros: steam room, sleeping area, soaking pools Cons: communication, towels are scarce more

I loved it 9/30/2005

I can relate to the comments post by the users above. I did feel a little shy at first, but soon I just decided not to care and enjoy. There are 3 different saunas and 2 hot tubs; one of them with a heavenly scented ""angelica"" tea brew. AND - the surprise, a cool water pool, just delicious to be immersed in in between steams and hot immersions. I loved the steam room, with jade floors, as well as the relaxation area, just outside. I wasn't aware of bringing my own loofah, that will be for next time. Overall very nice experience, extremely affordable. I'd be curious to know how comfortable it would be to go on weekends, crowd wise. I had a facial and 80% of the time was devoted to massage from the shoulders up, just extremely relaxing! Pros: Affordable, Clean, No fuss more
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Editorial

  • The Scene
    Forget marble tubs and pitchers of lemon ice water, this affordable bathhouse is more like the pool at the Y than a plush spa. Legions of Olympic Spa devotees gladly forego posh...

  • 8/14/2003 Provided by Citysearch

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    Central LA, Wilshire Center / Koreatown

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