Ithaca >Alta Spa
I was very unhappy.. The manicurist was a lovely woman-foreign. She was thoughtful and gave a nice leg massage. The pedicure facility was not great. It is, at least, in a private room. The polish product is OPI. You put you feet in a basin. The pedicurist straddles a bench type thing and has you put your feet up on the edge. The bench slides back from your foot being on it so the pedicure needs to be stopped so the bench can be moved forward again. Since they advertise themselves as a "spa", I did expect spa type chairs and accomodations. No such luck and uncomfortable. However, she did a nice job. It lasted four days. I am as much to blame for the length of time it lasted as anyone. I did yard work. HAIR-cut and style-the stylist put a product in my hair that was much too heavy. My hair looked flat to my head and greasy. The cut was OK but not great. The window if the salon is attractive and does seem inviting. The inside of the salon is not attractive or inviting. The "receptionist" did not greet me or talk to me until I was ready to pay for the services. The walls and baseboards are dirty. There was "junk" piled on the work station of the stylist. I did not know what it was but it appeared to be stuff that would be better kept in a drawer to keep the styling area neat and clean. Not going back. I would have been happier in one of the cheapo nail places. "Spa accomodations" are not here. On the plus side, it is conviently located near the Commons. Not going back. Not going back Not going back.
WORST Spa Experience EVER.
I got a Half Day of pampering as a gift that included Mani/Pedi, Massage, Facial. The massage was average at best. The facial was not great (but i had never had a facial before so i'm not a good frame of reference for this), but the Mani/Pedi were egregiously heinous. I am a student, and I have always lived in big cities: i've always paid for the $10 Manicure at a really cheap place. Those really cheap $10 places not only do a job that is 100x better but even the ambience was better at those places. They charge $60 for both (I looked on the menu of services) and my nails looked as if i had let my kid sister paint them, as soon as i got home i took the manicure off it was so bad. The same woman who did my nails did my facial...that doesn't exude class. It would be one thing if I were looking for a cheap way to get a facial or a massage, but my boyfriend got me a relatively expensive gift as a way for me to "pamper" myself so that is what I found so awful, the fact that they charge so much for sub-par work. In Atlanta (where I am from), one of the more expensive day spas costs the same for a Mani-Pedi and that is the whole experience of luxury and pampering and while expensive you are at least happy with the end result.
This place is a dump, and totally not worth the money. I honestly am befuddled at how they stay open for business (maybe hair services...?) but DON'T ever go there for auxillary services and I think that you could definitely find cheaper places in Ithaca that woudl at least be the same if not better; it's not hard to be better than this place.
I went to Alta Spa for a couples massage in November '06. It was to surprise my boyfriend, as we both needed to relax and get catered too.
When I made the appointment, I was shown the room the massage would take place in. The rooms are upstairs in a different part of the building, but it's only because they needed more room. It's a really relaxing set up in the upstairs. The woman even sampled the sugar scrub on me, showing how it works in case I'd be interested in that. She also showed me other services they had. (I am a Caucasian female). So some of their services she obviously didn't offer me, as I don't need braids. But as for the shower spa, the waxing & sugaring, the pedicures/manicures, and regular hair services, I was impressed. The staff was all very friendly!
Now as for the massage. My boyfriend and I were able to enjoy ours in the same room. You can choose a male or female to massage you. Both of them were amazing! Very very professional! They asked several questions in the beginning to figure out where we needed the most attention on our bodies. By the end of the hour massage, we were making future appointments! I HIGHLY recommend the massages.
Where to begin... This "spa" is overpriced and understaffed, not to mention shady. I am African American (my parents are Nigerian) and I love helping fellow Africans but these women could not braid. I payed 300 for braids that unravelled within 2 weeks of having them done. The ones that didn't unravel slipped out the following week. I waited over 15 mins for the woman who was to braid my hair to actually get to the salon for my appointment (the appt, mind you, that I had to pay a percentage deposit to secure). They tack on a consulatation fee before you can get you can even make an appt of 20 dollars that was to be refunded if you made an appointment. I recieved no such refund since I didn't make my appointment on the spot (I had my reservations of her skill level since she was older and seemed a little out of touch with the current style of braids), I waited a day to make my appointment. Because of those 24hrs I didn't not receive my 20$ back. I could go on since I feel like what they are charging versus doing is almost criminal but I will stop here.
You have been warned...
If you need your hair braided in Ithaca, I would get a bus/drive to Binghampton.
User review by daydreme21. The prices were high but the service was average. Some of the staff was friendly though
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