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Athena Spa - 53 Reviews - 32 E 31st St, New York, NY - Personal Care Reviews - Phone (212) 683-4484

Athena Spa

32 E 31st St (at nr. Madison Ave.)
New York, NY 10016
(212) 683-4484
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Athena Spa - New York, NY
Athena Spa - New York, NY
Athena Spa - New York, NY
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I like to go there at least once a week. Once i get there i can just relax and enjoy the life. If I could stay there forever, I definitely would


I don't know if they were just having a bad day or what, but my spa day was a disaster! From the moment I arrived, they couldn't locate my appointment to the stinging mask that ha...

Very nice and a good massage! 9/26/2010

I've gone here a few times now and I'm always satisfied with the cleanliness of the establishment and the competency of the massage therapists. A great spot and I've found them (at $80) to be reasonable compared with some other spas in the midtown area. more

Luxury Spa 5/10/2010

I like to go there at least once a week. Once i get there i can just relax and enjoy the life. If I could stay there forever, I definitely would more

A good couples experience, Korean style 2/4/2010

As another reviewer mentioned, the staff are not trained or licensed massage therapists rather they are the Korean women who do the Korean style scrubs and massages. I went there with my husband for a couples special to celebrate his birthday. the service was adequate and the spa was clean. We were able to get a late night appointment which is rare. We got private alone time in the massage room after our massages to enjoy champagne and fresh fruit. Looking up at the walls and ceiling while receiving my scrub I noticed a lot of black mold that had accumulated from the moisture. It was a real turnoff which is why I rated this spa a 3. more

Horrible Experience 10/12/2009

What a waste of 84 dollars. I got there and the masseuse didn't even ask my name or offer hers, she didn't ask me if i had any medical problems or aches that she should be aware of, she did not ask me about the type of pressure i like all she did was get on top of my back and press down hard. I was soooo disturbed that I want to call the manager and get my money back! Pros: nice looking place Cons: completely unprofessional more

wow!! 5/18/2009

I go here all the time, and If you want a quick, in-and-out massage, that's fine, but i'd recommend giving yourself some extra time to enjoy the beautiful steam room and igloo sauna. there's no limit to how much time you can spend there, and i found that the massage is much better if you've relaxed for a while in the steam and heat. loosens the muscles and makes your mind more tranquil. I usually get the combo massage/body scrub. we all know what a massage is, but have you ever had one of these body scrubs?? they're incredible. it's not that the treatment itself if luxurious or anything, but afterward you'll want everyone to touch your skin, because it's so unbelievably fresh and soft! afterward i take another long hot shower and relax again in the sauna and steam rooms. so relaxing! this place is great. they're very sweet and the prices are a steal, which is good, because i'm addicted to the body scrubs.... more

Regal Treatment 5/5/2009

At some spas you feel sort of like a commodity, like you're part of an indifferent relaxation machine. Know what i mean? Like the staff is just going through the motions. But at Athena i felt like a VIP from beginning to end (why did it have to end??) and I had such a relaxing, luxurious time. The steam room is beautiful and the showers and everything else is immaculate. At first I wasn't sure what to make of the igloo sauna--I'd never seen anything like it before--but after 5 minutes I was hooked. Even after my massage I went back inside for a long time to let the warm floor relax my back even more. Oh yeah, the massage was wonderful. She was really attentive and skilled, and I can't remember getting a better massage, especially for such a reasonable price. Next time I'm going to try the body scrub. more

I wish I could go every day 5/3/2009

I've been to a lot of spas, and this place is special. A friend recommended it to me a while ago, but i was always too busy to go, and finally after a super-stressful week at work i walked in for a massage. Why did I wait so long? Athena is amazing! The attendants are so courteous and made me feel like they had spent all day getting ready just for me. The showers were great and had everything I needed, and the steam room was perfect. Some places rush you toward the massage, but Athena let me take as much time as i wanted to enjoy the steam and also the amazing igloo sauna. And as soon as i was ready we started the massage. I got the deep tissue massage, which was great. afterward i did some more steaming and sauna-ing, and walked out completely refreshed. And i won't wait so long to go back! more

feel so good 5/1/2009

excellent massage fair rates. it was very comfortable and relaxing. oh, their saunas are just great! its like must try!! more

DON'T GO HERE -- unless you want to waste money 10/27/2008

Quite frankly, I am shocked at how many good reviews this spa has gotten on this site and was fooled by them when I made an appt here. I went in for a 60-minute Swedish massage with my roommate on a Sunday night around 6pm. The place was completely empty. They escorted us to a "dressing room" to change and I use quotations because it was just an open area where everybody walks by that happens to have lockers. After explaining to the employees that my roommate and I (straight females) didn't want to get a couples massage, we were taken into separate rooms but the doors to the rooms were left open the entire time so we could hear each other talking. There wasn't any relaxing music. Normally, at professional salons, the masseuse will leave the room while you position yourself under the sheet but here, the woman insisted on helping you take your robe off and back on (again -door open) and stayed in the room which was very awkward and unneccessary. The massage, if I can even call it that, was by far the worst I have ever gotten. It basically consisted of her just pressing down on my body over the sheet. Then after 20 minutes of that, it consisted of her bending my arms and legs in strange ways and then pressing down on my body over the sheet. At one point, she CLIMBED ON TOP OF ME and straddled me while I was laying face down in the bed! THERE WASN'T EVEN ANY OIL USED until the last 3 minutes where she worked on my back but even that was awful and unrelaxing because her little hands were massaging way too quickly (felt more like pinching). Afterwards, they help you put your robe back on (WEIRD) and escort you to sit in the steam room but I was so freaked out, I couldn't get out of there fast enough. My roommate had the same bad experience. This is the first time I've ever written any sort of review as I usually give places the benefit of the doubt and hardly find use in complaining, but really wanted to warn people of how unprofessional this place is Pros: Moderately Priced, Late hours, Not busy, Accepts Walk-ins Cons: Everything Else more

Athena was amazing 10/22/2008

I had the best experience at Athena. The atmosphere was inviting and cozy, and I felt completely comfortable. Both the dry sauna and the steam sauna were heavenly. My massage was fabulous, I had a lot of tension in my neck and shoulders walking in for my appointment and felt 100 times better on my way out. I will go back to Athena for my next massage. more

The most relaxed and pleasant I have felt in a long time! 7/27/2008

This was by far the best spa I have ever been to anywhere, including Miami and Los Angeles. The staff were so sweet and friendly and attentive; I felt like royalty. I entered in a daze of tension and left feeling completely rejuvenated with table shower, body scrub and 1 hour shiatsu massage. The pristine surroundings are cozy and spacious, the igloo steam room refreshing and every square inch of the place is impeccably scrubbed. I'm still glowing! Go there now. more

The best place in NYC 5/21/2008

Amazing, Amazing and again Amazing! I've been to so many spas in the city starting from upscale Red Door to underground parlors in Chinatown, but I I tell you as a fact, this place rocks!!! I took their special of 1.5 hour body scrub and massage for $100, and was surprised with the finest perfomance of massuse/scrubber... it felt like I was getting $400-$500 treatment in top noch spa. This place features a steam room, showers, magical massage tables and a jade sana. The Korean workers are super friendly and nice. The place is clean and fancy. Go there now! Pros: Quality service for pennies Cons: they wash your body in milk as well! more

Yummy Yummy Yummy Delish 4/3/2008

I have never felt so good in my life and I am no stranger to Spas.... This is my new favorite place to shut off my blackberry..... try thr body scrub it's to die for..... Pros: Korean body scrub which is so hard to find more

Just like relaxation zone in new york 3/2/2008

Quaite, clean and beautiful place, and higly recommandable there body scrub and massage in toghether. me and my mother usually go and have time toghether. more

the best massage and cool 3/1/2008

It was the best massage i've ever had. the therapist did deep propesional massge. It took over all my body pain and stress. Pros: real professional massage, Beautiful igloo more

Calm and Relaxing 2/26/2008

It was my first time getting a Swedish massage here and I felt so good. The service was very professional and the price was reasonable. Highly recommended!! I enjoyed the igloo steam room a lot, very unique. more

Clean and New 2/25/2008

I got the body scrub and massage together in this spa couple days ago. My skin feels so much smoother and softer. I love it. The shower and steam room facilities were very new and clean. Too bad they don't do nails any more. more

Such a wonderful place for couple^^~ 2/23/2008

My friend recommend that I should try athena spa with my boyfriend after valentain's day.So I did last night. It was quite such a wondertime for us. Nice quaite place, such a beautiful igloo and lovely couple rooms, We had scrub and massage package, it start from stam sauna then had full body scrup after we had our private time withe nice champains, fruit and aromatic hot bath^^. Later when we ready to get a massage, the therapistes came, and give us the heavenly deep massage. It was totally wonderful experiance for me and my boyfriend. Pros: Thoughfulness service more

Very Cool Spa! Unique Treatments, very relaxing 2/12/2008

Athena Spa is the perfect retreat! My massage was great, just the right pressure and very relaxing. They have an igloo sauna type room which is very cool too. Pros: clean, nice, professional, soothing more

overpriced, poor customer service--not recommended at all!! 12/20/2007

was made to wait over 40 minutes. Was told to go "run an errand" and come back to pick up the gift card i was trying to buy. Receptionist was very rude (and not too bright). I walked away and never went back. Awful service. more
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Owner Message

  • Athena Spa has three floors dedicated to your luxurious spa experience. As you enter the spa, women will be guided to the left side of the reception area and men to the right. The lower level is exclusively for women. Amenities include wet spa, Hwangto room and five massage rooms.

    The Mens section has 10 rooms, shaving, massage, facial, body treatments and a lounge area.

    Special Body Treatment, Scrub and Massage Packages.

    Enjoy a Couples Massage in Our Private VIP Room - 1 Hr. Massage, Aromatherapy Hot Bath (rose petals) with Champagne & Fresh Fruits $230


  • In Short
    At the center of this tranquil, earth-toned spa rests its extensive wet amenities--including a Hwagnto igloo made of jade- and amethyst-studded yellow soil, a Korean beauty secret. Men are guided upstairs for blade-shaving, while ladies get facials. Couples who want to relax together can get a couple's massage. Whether a Taichi Thai massage, salt body scrub, hot stone treatment or clarifying facial, the menu of services will satisfy your body's every craving.

  • 3/5/2008 Provided by Citysearch

Additional information

  • Hours:

    Mon-Sun 10am-12am
  • Payments:

    Master Card, Visa, American Express
  • Neighborhoods:

    Midtown, Midtown South Central