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Portofino Sun Tanning Center

104 W 73rd St
New York, NY 10023
(212) 769-0200
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I have always avoided the sun, but I hate being pale especially during the summer months. I have been stpoping in to Portofino every now and then to get a fake spray tan. I bough...


I'm long time client... Im only using tanning booth ""Matrix"", I use to pay $35 for 12min and I was tann for all most 3 weeksor longer, today... it a different story. I pay as m...

quick spray tans in upper west neighborhood 8/22/2009

I have always avoided the sun, but I hate being pale especially during the summer months. I have been stpoping in to Portofino every now and then to get a fake spray tan. I bought a series of 10 ""airbrushes"" and whenever I need a quick pick me up, i call for an appointment and fake tan it up. The only thing is it only lasts a week. if only they could make one that lasted a MONTH! Pros: faux tanning, friendliness Cons: real tanning--not for me more

kind staff, good location 8/1/2009

I really enjoy tanning at Portofino. it isn't crazy fancy, but the staff is always so friendly and warm and the tanning machines are top of the line. it is important that i don't go too often, but when i do treat myself, i always love it. i would say to try the mattress beds or the strong standing ones. Pros: staff, location, tanning Cons: can't do too much more

high pressure beds rock! 7/18/2009

I have lived in LA, New York and Dallas and have never found a tanning salon that compares with Portofino. The high pressure beds are amazing! Their beds do not give a fake tan look, but a golden ""real sun"" look. I highly recommend this place not only for the quality of the equipment, but also for the friendly service. A+ guys Pros: good beds, good people Cons: nada more

quaint tanning getaway 7/11/2009

I have been tanning at Portofino for years and have come to love the ladies behind the desk. Despite all of the new beds and fancy technology I am still a fan of the vitasun mattress tanning beds. It is like a spa beach retreat just blocks from home. I have seen the other crazy looking intense one and I know they are popular, but there is something so refreshing about spending 20 minutes in an open breezy environment with the warm ""sun"" faking me away to some vacation. The only thing is that it can get crowded in the evenings. I usually call ahead. Pros: Vitasun mattress beds, friendly service Cons: can get crowded more

Fan of the student discounts 7/7/2009

I had no idea tanning was soooo expensive in the city! geez!! I am an import from the midwest and was just hoping for a little tan while i'm in the city for the summer. I am soo grateful my friend suggested this place. They don't advertise their student rates at the store, but I saw it online, brought in the coupon and got a sweet deal. It was 10 tans for less than $80. I think they had an even cheaper one for ""off-peak"" hours, but those times didn't work for me. I would def pass along this deal to any student in the area struggling to find a good tanning spot. Pros: student rates, good tanning Cons: student packages are only good for 2 months more

perfect when you can't get away 7/6/2009

I was so bummed when work called and my beloved 4th of July plans to head to the beach were scrapped. To make up for it, I decided I would go tanning over the weekend to still get my well deserved summer tan. I went in thursday-sunday (uh they were even open on the 4th!) and got more tan than I think I could have in the real sun! I'm ob-sessed!!! I could get used to this fake and bake thing for sure. Pros: quick and easy Cons: wish i were at the beach more

Go to the park 6/28/2009

I'm long time client... Im only using tanning booth ""Matrix"", I use to pay $35 for 12min and I was tann for all most 3 weeksor longer, today... it a different story. I pay as mach using the booth for the same time but it dose not looks like I hade any tann. \r My opinion, as far as maintaining they are won't go beyond cleaning betwen the clients!!! \r I understandit it difficult economic times right now but come on guys you can spend littel something and get new lamps!!! Cons: Don't go near Matrix booth!!! more

was a great gift! 6/19/2009

I got a gift certificate from my husband for an Airbrush Tan at Portofino. (my friend suggested it--he of course didn't come up with that on his own). I had no idea what to expect, but I have been complaining about being pale all spring so this seemed like the perfect solution. I was nervous about looking like a pumpkin, but it actually looked great! very natural and healthy. I just showed up in the suggested loose dark attire and the sprayer girl did the rest. I literally looked tan in a half hour. The only downside is this only lasts for a week! I might just have to buy a pack and keep this up for the summer. Pros: Airbrush tanning Cons: only lasts a week more

sweet sweet service 6/13/2009

I don't know that much about tanning, but I know i'm in good hands with this tanning salon. My favorite is Kate. She is always so positive, friendly and helpful. (maybe it is all that Vitamin D) Thanks Kate for always making my day whenever I stop by for a tan. I wish I wasn't so busy and made more time to stop in every now and then and just chat, laugh and get some of that good ol Vitamin D. Pros: staff, friendliness Cons: can't get there enough to keep up a tan more

Convenient Cute Upper West Side Tanning 6/6/2009

This tanning salon is right around the corner from my apt and my gym so umm-I have NO complaints about the convenience. This store has a huge variety of machines (many of which I have never seen anything like them). I don't know much about tanning so I just ask the girl behind the desk what she suggests and I do it. I always come out looking tan and honestly-thats all I want. The place is clean, but they do make you pay for the tanning lotions are usually not open after 9pm. Pros: location, service, tanning Cons: not open late more

Tan, Airbrush, Teeth Whitening - all good! 5/24/2009

Great place! I've been shopping around for a new tanning salon and I was glad I came on citysearch to do a little research. I saw that Portofino had a lot of good reviews and decided to check out this one on the Upper West Side because it is the closest one to my apartment. Well, I wasn't dissappointed! I like the atmosphere and the man behind the desk was really helpful. I'll be going back! Pros: Lots of options more

quick tans off of Columbus 5/16/2009

I never know when I am going to tan so I don't make an appointment or anything. I just stop in when I'm in the area running errands. There is a Starbucks around the corner so I'll usually grab a coffee and hop in a standing tanner for 7 minutes or so. I'm pretty impatient and couldn't spend longer than that in a tanning machine. Luckily, it is strong enough to get me tan without wasting my precious free time. (you know what I'm talking about) The staff is kind, the store is clean and the location-oh so convenient. Pros: fast strong tanning machines Cons: not open 24 hours more

No one knows about this place, but they should 5/10/2009

I had no idea this tanning salon was even in my neighborhood. It looks like and Upper West Side establishment that might sell art or something from the outside. But inside, its actually a really neat classy tanning salon with cool UWS people working there. I tried it out and will definitely go back. Pros: Totally UWS environment Cons: I guess for them - that they're kind of hidden? more

thank you Portofino! 5/8/2009

I am a no frills girl that decided to tan for my first time ever before my wedding. I was scared out of my mind to go in these spaceship-like machines. The first day I started with the most basic (or so they said) bed. The sweet woman at the desk, Sara, recommended a lotion and set up a whole tanning schedule for me. I don't usually tan well so I wasn't expecting miracles but by the time my rehearsal dinner rolled around I was actually tan. Not too tan, just tan enough to look alive and glowy in my white white dress. Though i just went for tanning, they talked me into trying the teeth whitening the week before the wedding. I figured for $150 it was worth a try. Once again, I was surprised by how effective it was. Thank you Sara and all the girls at Portofino. I felt like a million bucks on my wedding day and I will definitely be back to sneak in a session every now and then. Pros: tanning for wedding, kind staff, teeth whitening Cons: i make excuses to keep coming back more

best tanning in the hood! 5/5/2009

I always brunch at Arte Cafe and last weekend I noticed Portofino. While eating outside I realized how badly I needed a tan, so I popped over to check it out. I loved how sweet the girl was behind the desk. She gave me a full tour-I was surprised how BIG the place was. I ended up doing a buy one get one free to try it out and I am hooked! 12 minutes in a machine sure beats a weekend in the crowded park. I will definitely be back (and bring my brunch friends with me next time!) Pros: cute, high quality, 1st time offers Cons: can't tell my mom i am TANNING! more

matrix is awesome stand up 4/23/2009

I only came on here to rav about the MATRIX. Its a high pressure stand up. It gets you so dark and tan. I hope Portofino reads this so they keep this machine! Portofino Sun is the only place in town that has it - and it is the only thing I will tan in! Thanks for having it in every one of your salons, Portofino. KEEP IT! The Matrix Rocks! Pros: the matrix stand up machine Cons: there's one matrix - so make an appt more

Recommended Tanning in W. 70s 4/18/2009

Thanks for the great service! I never leave disappointed. I don't experiment much. I am a creature of habit and stick to my favorite machine. It is relaxing, comfortable and effective. It is my own 20 minute beach escape. To anyone itching to ""get away"" but can't spare the time, I say try Portofino once a week. :o) Pros: service, tanning, locations more


I used a high pressure stand up machine - and I thought that sounded scary but high pressure basically means high quality. This thing never got hot, SPOKE TO ME while it tanned me (it told me what to do over a speaker system!), and gave me immediate color!!! Love this place Pros: brown color even before i left more

Service was Excellent 4/11/2009

-knowledgeable staff -patient and willing to explain everything to a tanning beginner like me -very clean and sanitary -cute decor -happy with tanning results -would recommend Portofino to friends -thank you! Pros: great staff, helpful for first timers Cons: location is a little far from my apt more

Great spray tanning 4/5/2009

I've been spray tanning all over town now! I'm hooked! I started at the midtown location, but this Portofino Sun Tanning Center is more convienient for me. I airbrushed first with Stella at midtown and now I'm hooked on Evelin here in the Upper West Side! I swear by this spray tanning. I look so tan! Naturally tan, too. Awesome job Evelin! Pros: Awesome color in 1 minute! Cons: What are the drawbacks? 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.

  • 3/3/2008 Provided by Citysearch

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  • Neighborhoods:

    Upper West Side, Midtown

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