Massage >Burke Williams Day Spa
1358 4th St, Santa Monica, CA | Directions 9040134.016411 -118.495520
Mon. - Thu. 9am - 9pm;Fri. - Sat. 8am - 10pm;Sun. 8am - 9pm
Neighborhoods: Downtown, West LA
The New Burke Williams? – My sister got me a gift certificate to Burke Williams for my birthday and I have to say it was the best gift she has given to me in a long time. My experience at Burke Williams was relaxing and memorable. I have made several appointments for myself since my first experience but I have come to realize that it is just too far for me to be going to all the time! I live in Hollywood and am looking for something a bit closer so I don't have to stress myself out with traffic on my way to and from the spa. I hear the Renaissance Hollywood Hotel is about to open a spa, Spa Luce. If it is anything like Burke Williams, I am definitely looking forward to its arrival.
Burke Williams Spa Expereince was Below Average – I decided to go for a relaxing spa treatment. I opted for the relaxation massage with a mud bath. When I arrived at the spa it was in total chaos-- everybody was running around, talking loudly, with wall to wall people. One should be transported into a calming environment the minute you walk through the spa doors. My massage was lack luster-- like having someone lightly rub my back with oil. Even after I asked her to go deeper she didn't. The entire time I could hear people talking outside! Then I had my mud bath in a tub with a curtain around it! I paid $30.00 extra to sit in a public luke warm tub, to hear the attendants conversation! There was no ambiance, no privacy, no pampering just run of the mill herd them in and out. Don't waste your time or money at this average facility.
if you want a superb session no frills healing environment (not a spa) however, an amazing therapist...
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Royalty – I was on the verge of a nervous breakdown and I went to Burke Williams. I was able to get into the whirpool and steam room with no problems. There were a few people but it wasn't very congested at all. I was abe to relax and recouperate so that I could go back to work. I received the Emiliee Intrigue and it was the best! I was so relaxed I couldn't even talk. The masseur I had did an excellent swedish and hot rock massage which was more than light strokes, but actually taking the knots out of my muscles. The best experience I had. This beats all the spas I ever been to. I'm spoiled but it's sooo expensive.
Good Massage – If you're looking for a good massage, I think Burke Williams is a great place to go. The only thing is that the place is huge and bit too dark for my taste... but it's not bad... it really depends on the therapist that you get. So, CHOOSE WISELY!
DON'T WASTE YOUR TIME OR MONEY!! – I went to Burke Williams for the 5th time today, and each time I vow NEVER to go back. For nearly $100, I got the WORST 50-minute massage imaginable. And, this is not the first time it has happened to me. I wanted to try the new Santa Monica location because I hadn't been there since they moved. It was super packed in there, with the women crammed into the locker room like sardines. The steam and saunas were jam packed with people, and there was a wait for the showers. It has really felt as though we were going through an assembly line. But the worst part by far was how inexperienced and inadequate the masseuse was. PLEASE TRUST ME...save your money for a better spa experience somewhere else!!!
if you're willing to forgo the "spa" experience and receive a superb session....
a humble healing setting an amazing massage
www.wellnessalchemist dot com
Many great services – I love the SM location- espeically since they have moved into their new building. The atmosphere is great and the staff always caters to anything you need. I highly recommend using the salon for a hair cut. All the stylists are great- I have seen all of them. And the manicure/pedicure room is so relaxing. The cool mist room is a must. Whether you are going in for a day at the spa or a quick brow wax, the experience is always wonderful.
Inconsistent – Being at a convenient Santa Monica location, I've visited Burke Williams on several occasions. I've tried various massages from the Swedish to athletic/deep tissue. On all my visits, I've been very satisfied with the services. The facials have been a whole different story. My first one I received here was good. A month and a half later, I called to book an appointment with the same person who did my facial the first time, only to find out that she had left BW. I decided to try somebody else. It was the absolute worst facial/spa service I had ever had. The esthitician didn't have a clue to what she was doing! The job she did was so poor that there was still exfoliating stuff on my face when she was done! I haven't been back since! Seems like BW is hit or miss for a quality service.
Great for a day to yourself – I went by myself, on a whim, and was thoroughly pleased at the atmosphere...especially the "No Talking" whirlpool room - which, because most women travel in packs and like to talk, was completely empty and all mine for the 20 minutes I needed it. Water, fruit, fresh towels, bathroom amenities and a staff who keep the place looking immaculate...nothing to complain about there! The trek to the room where I got my massage was quite long and winding. But if you're going to get lost while in a post-massage stupor, it's a pretty nice spa in which to wander.
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