For spa lovers, a vacation just isn't a vacation without some regimented relaxation, especially in New York, where the grit and grime can really get under your skin -- both literally and figuratively. These Midtown East hotels have some of the best spas in the city.
The W New York houses one of the city's most popular spas, Bliss, which originated in New York but has now expanded into franchises all over the world (usually in conjunction with W Hotels). Located on the hotel's fourth floor, this brightly lit spa with cloud-covered walls and a happy blue color scheme has an extensive menu of available treatments. Compared to other luxury hotel spas, the prices are reasonable -- manicures start at $25, massages at $70, and waxes at $15. There is also a Bliss boutique on the first floor of the hotel, and all guests receive complimentary Bliss toiletries.
The Benjamin, one of the themed Affinia hotels, is dedicated to providing its guests with a restful night's sleep. Its in-house, full-service Affinia Wellness Spa offers signature sleep-enhancing treatments like the Sleep Well-Ness Massage (50 min., $130) and Sweet Dreams Aromatherapy Facial (50 min., $130). In-room massages are available for an extra $40 on top of the regular fee.
The 14,000-square-foot Guerlain Spa -- one of two in the U.S., the other being at the posh Regent Bal Harbour hotel in Miami -- opened in September 2008 and offers a wide range of luxurious treatments using the Guerlain brand's signature products. Most spa treatments (including those tailored for men) cost $300 to $500, but the highest of the high-end experiences is the $2,175 Sublime Deluxe transforming day experience, which lasts seven hours and 45 minutes.