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Portofino Sun Ctr

560 3rd Ave
New York, NY 10016
(212) 779-8787
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I really am a big fan of this tanning salon. It is unassuming from the outside amongst all the bars and restaurants on 3rd Ave. I never noticed it until my roommate raved about ...


My god is this place old!! I had to see for myself after hearing so much hype about celebrities and how busy it is. It ends up, its not. Maybe one or two showed up on accident ...

best tanning i've found in nyc 11/2/2009

I really am a big fan of this tanning salon. It is unassuming from the outside amongst all the bars and restaurants on 3rd Ave. I never noticed it until my roommate raved about it. I had to see what the hype was about. I am not tanning obsessed, but I look ridiculous without any color on my skin. I started off with their ""360"" bed with an Italian name. Loved it. I have since tried most of their new beds and am happy every time. I even spray tan when i am in need of some insta-color. I would def recommend getting one of their packages. They always have a sale and it ends up being way cheaper than paying each time you go. Pros: new machines, spray tanning option Cons: not open 24 hours, gets busy more

Recommended Tanning on the East Side 8/24/2009

I found this place through my gym, Club H. They were there giving spray tans and teeth whitening. I thought it was a little cheesy at first, but I chatted with the general manager and he was actually so down to earth and friendly. I came in to check it out and was impressed by the color I got after one session in their ""2pt"" bed. They were running a summer sale which was a pretty good deal. It ended up being like $18 for tanning in their best machines. The outside isn't fancy and they can be packed right after work, but other than that--it is a great find and I would recommend it to my friends. Pros: high pressure machines, summer sales Cons: can be busy after work more

pleased with teeth whitening 8/7/2009

I always walked by Portofino and recently noticed their sign advertising teeth whitening. I have been meaning to whiten my teeth for a while, but I wasn't sure how good it would be at a tanning place. I was actually impressed with the results. 1) I came in and filled out some paperwork-nothing crazy-dental history, contact info etc. 2) The technician took me back and set me up in a room in a chair-where i stayed for an hour. 3) She talked me through the procedure, gave me protecting stuff for my gums and lips, slapped a bib and goggles on me and gave a mouthpiece with gel in it. 4) I napped for 20 minutes while this blue light whitened my teeth. 5)repeat X3 6) I rinsed my mouth out, brushed-up my teeth, and walked away with teeth 5 shades lighter. Overall-it was clean, the girl was friendly and the teeth stuff worked well. I guess I give 4 stars instead of 5 because it is done by technician, not a doctor and it IS in a tanning salon. otherwise-i liked it. Pros: clean, cheap strong Cons: done by technician, not doctor more

quality tanning salon-long time client 8/1/2009

me and my wife have been going there for 7 years and enjoy the atmosphere and friendly staff as well as the fact we can nearly always tan at the same time because they have many rooms.. just glad we found a site to say thanks and keep it up. Pros: staff, variety of tanning, consistant Cons: none thanks more

quality tanning place 7/18/2009

I found this place from my gym Club H. They were running a promo giving away free spray tans. I was a little nervous about trying it for the first time, so I decided to stop by the store and see the tanning machines instead. I admit, i didn't know much about tanning, but the gal at the desk was chill and gave me the run down. I signed up for their summer special and already have a pretty good base tan after 3 tans. I don't normally do these online things, but I honestly felt like these people went out of their way to ease me into the tanning thing. I can appreciate good service, ya know? Pros: effective tanning beds, tanning lotions, convenient location Cons: none-yet more

buy one and get another free 6/28/2009

I have been struggling to find a decent tanning salon in the city. what is UP nyc!? I heard about Portofino, but thought they were always too expensive. I just went in to check it out and the girl at the desk offered me a buy one get one free to try out their machines. I used this spaceship looking crazy bed and was pretty impressed! I feel like it usually takes 3 times for me to see anything, but this one got me brown with frying my skin. I am still debating what to do about packages, hopefully the real sun will come out. but until then--i am totes into this place and their crazy cool beds. Pros: 1st time freebie Cons: no free lotion with session more

UV-free tanning is great 6/5/2009

Long story short--i can't tan with UV rays anymore. this kills me though because I look soo much better with a little tan. My doc recommended that I try spray tanning. I went to a different location first and had a horrible orange streaky tan, so I was scared to try it again. Luckily, my friend sent me to Portofino to try their airbrushes. I was having a fat day and did not feel like standing with my clothes on in front of a stranger for the sake of a tan. BUT i sucked it up (literally) and LOVED the results! Every now and then if I need a morning tan I will come in for the machine, but my favorite is the airbrush! Pros: spray tans, airbrushes Cons: can't regular tan anymore more

Legit Place with Good Business 5/24/2009

I went into this place last week just to check it out and loved it. The owner was there and he took me on a tour of the place and worked with my budget to figure out a package. I can tan now, affordable-y, and feel like this guy is looking out for my best interests. The machine I went in was very effective! Pros: Owner is there often, prices are negotiable more

best in murray hill 5/16/2009

I am so mad that I wasted my money tanning at other places that gave me NO color. Ew. I heart this tanning salon like no other. I have tried almost every machine (except the standing ones--i am too lazy) and every now and then i spray tan. The boy at the desk is my favorite and I admit I sometimes stop by just to see him. But seriously, the tanning there rocks!! I am not a tanorexic, but I know my tanning and without badmouthing my former place, I can honestly say that this place is the best tanning salon in murray hill. They always have sales too, be sure to stock up during their good sales times. The only con i have is they don't allow 2 sessions in a day. They say it is illegal, but my previous tanning place let me. Pros: new machines, spray tanning Cons: no double sessions allowed more

Dark Tan That Is Not Expensive - I don't think! 5/10/2009

This place rocks! I heard it was the best. Didn't think it would be cheap. But it was! I mean, I only paid $49 for a student package! For 5 tans! Uhhh.... that is AWESOME. I don't know if you guys all know about tanning in nyc, but its usually so much money! This was great deal. Pros: So cool and so not expensive! more

Teeth Whitening is really Effective! 5/3/2009

I have gone to Portofino for years. They started whitening teeth only a few months ago, and its something I have added to my beauty regimen. I love this place and all they offer. A long time ago, they told me, ""Hey! If you like us so much, tell your friends!"" Well, I HAVE told my friends, and now I'm tellin tha world! Citysearch readers : hear me rave! Portofino is a great tanning center that now offers so much more than just tanning! Pros: You can look a LOT better when you leave :) more

always loved my tans, now raving bouth teeth whitening 4/28/2009

OK-so I've been going to portofino for tanning for years, but I just tried the teeth whitener machine and it is amazing. I was in there for an hour and seriously walked out with tan skin and WHITE teeth. I felt like a rock star. They are always so chill and cool and now I have another reason to send my gfs to Portofino. Thank you!! Pros: lots of different tanning beds, good teeth whitening Cons: no coffee or ciggs right after whitening more

Airbrush and Spray Booth GOOD 4/23/2009

This place is cool because they've caught on to the whole Sunless Tanning Trend. Here, you get a choice between Airbrush tanning (where someone actually hand applies the tan) and a Misting Booth (where you do it yourself). I was a little shy because I'm still trying to loose post-baby weight, so I opted for the booth. It was easy. I look good and no one has suspected that I fake tanned. Nice place with a good aura. Pros: Options for sunless tanning Cons: Popular more

Mystic booth is good 4/18/2009

I would recommend Portofino for their spray tanning. It is clean, private, quick, and I am always happy with my tan. I bought a package of 10 sprays for under $100. I thought because it was so cheap it wouldn't be high quality. Not true. I just come during their off hours and get my spray tanning done. two thumbs up for their spray tanning booth. Pros: spray tanning, free candies Cons: waiting to shower afterward more

Awesome Teeth Whitening - Who Knew?? 4/16/2009

This place like, does it ALL! For reals! I got my TEETH whitened!!!! It was nuts. I went in their with dark teeth and white skin and LEFT with DARK SKIN and WHITE TEETH!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Totally nuts! I did the entire thing for under $200 - and it was a complete transformation (not that I needed a comPLETE transformation - he he!!!) I love this place and just, never know what they're gonna offer next! They make being good looking easy :) Pros: White teeth, dark skin ;) Cons: Don't sell bathing suits :( more

Very nice 4/13/2009

Great place for a tan. Clean and efficient, this is the perfect place to look good in just a few minutes every week. more


My friend works at this salon so I thought I'd give it a good review for the fact that it REALLY IS a nice place! I tan here a few times a month to keep my color. And I've asked my friend about what its really like, behind the scenes. This place is run really well, and they really do keep the machines running at full blast. Its a good place, with good service :) Pros: GOOD TANNING SALON Cons: NOPE more

U-V Free spray tans 3/26/2009

So I normally get the uv-free tans at the UES store, but I was in the area and tried it out at this one in Murray Hill. I loved them both so I thought I would give a shot out to each one. I cannot handle this weather and I am sick of looking like a ghost waiting for the sunshine. I went to Porto fino and they rocked my socks off... or at least brought me back to life for a week. I had never done this before so i was the annoying girl with a million questions, but the spray tan girl was patient and sweet and talked me through everything. If this gross weather keeps up I might start the tanning beds, but for now, the UV free is amazing. The free candy is a nice touch too. Pros: Example: best croissants in town Cons: What are the drawbacks? more

Good TAN 3/25/2009

No problems tanning here! Its a great place to get a good tan with nice beds and clean floors and a helpful staff. I really really like this place - it has become a part of my weekly routine. Portofino for President! heheh Just kidding. But I do go there to tan! Pros: DARK TAN Cons: none - this is a good place more

AWESOME TAN 3/15/2009

This place is much more discreet than the other New York tanning salons still in business. I appreciated this. I came after work because I'm going away on vacation. I was in a sport coat still! I didn't really want everyone I work with to know that I was going tanning - they would make fun of me. I went to Portofino and got a great tan without feeling cheesy and vain. They gave me a nice deal on a series of tans and I feel confident that I will vacation without burning. Thank you Portofino! Pros: Best Tanning more
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  • This sunshine-yellow salon's tanning beds, headlights, and airbrushing booths will keep you basking year-round in summer's glow.

  • 11/9/2008 Provided by Citysearch

Additional information

  • Hours:

    Sat: 9am-7:30pm, Sun: 10am-6:30pm, Mon-Fri: 9am-9:30pm
  • Payments:

    American Express, Master Card, Discover, Visa
  • Neighborhoods:

    Murray Hill, Midtown

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