Portland >Manicures & Pedicures > Spa La La
234 NE 28th Ave, Portland, OR | Directions 9723245.524698 -122.637244
Neighborhoods: Southeast Uplift Neighborhood Program, Kerns
Disappointing experience, pretty cute location – I had a "luxury pedicure" at Spa La La, which includes a 10-minute foot massage. I am sorry to say that it was disappointing. The employee actually used *latex gloves* to massage my feet. I was really puzzled by this, and it felt medical and cold. The water was also kind of chilly. I ended up feeling tense instead of relaxed, wondering why on earth she was using rubber gloves--my feet weren't dirty!
I thought it was only fair to discuss this with the woman at the cash register, who was friendly but didn't really offer any info about the gloved approach. I almost felt bad about telling her--but it seems more productive to give them constructive feedback, especially because they're a new small business. I did not get the sense that they were going to change their policy/standard because of my concern though.
She did take $5 off the total cost of $35. I didn't tell her because I was seeking a discount--I really just thought it was unpleasant.
I love Spa La La! – OK, first off, I will admit that Spa La La is the first and only place I've had a pedicure, and I've been there only about three or four times in the past couple of years, only for pedicures. I'm not highly girly-girl (though enjoy a god pampering), and don't have the experience to know what constitutes a bad "spa experience." That being said, I have always had a great pedicure at Spa La La. Love the champagne, love the relaxing atmosphere.
I don't really care if my pedicurist doesn't speak much English, or if she talks to the other pedicurists in Korean during my service. I just sit back and relax, and enjoy not having to interact that much. They are always very nice, and I have not experienced "rushed service." At times they've seemed busy, but I have never felt like they cut my time short,or done a sub par job, because of it. My pedicures have always been perfect, and have lasted for weeks!
I will keep coming back as long as my experience remains like this, and will continue to recommend Spa La La to others.
poor girls.......... – Because this place is close to my house I thought I would give it a second chance after the first one was lousy. Well, they didn't redeem themselves. Both times the girls working were very very rushed. I don't believe they want to be doing a rush job. The way I saw it, they were pressured by the owner to rush. The first time I went it lasted 30 min.The second visit was 25. Ridiculous for what they charge. Maybe you should save the complimentary wine or bubbly and give me a little more time to relax. It seems to me that the girls doing the work would like to take more time but just aren't allowed. Bummer.
not worth it – Same as other reviewers, I experienced a rushed pedicure (30 min total when it includes a 10 min massage?) and terrible paint job. It just isn't worth the money, even with a free glass of bubbly.
So fantastic! – Great pedicures, great wine, great shopping!!!! I bought all my christmas gifts here, local jewelry -- treva dea, local tee shirts-- twinkle(?), local bath products --talulaha! all in one place and they rubbed my feet.
love the place – So nice-- I don't see why everyone doesn't totally love this place!! I could live here! good shopping good service great location....love!
wonderful atmo! – I had a great pedicure here, very nice-- the lights weren't floresent and in my eyes so I could totally chill out. They offered me a glass of wine-- so awesome. I bought my new favorite jewelry here too! They have local hand bags (stylesister??) and treva dea jewelry (silver square) and local belts and scarves by pixie-- i had a great time.
Nice boutique setting but not at all relaxing! – We had an appointment for 4 pedicures - and only three were accomodated at one time. When I arrived I was assigned to someone who immediately left me standing there......and a few moments later someone else came and guided me to the pedicure chair.
We all received the "Luxury" pedicure.... it was by far the shortest pedicure I have ever had - and the four of us get pedicures monthly! The water was cold, and although she tried to warm it up, my feet were not in it long enough to matter.
At the time I paid, I was extremely offended when the person taking payment asked if I would be leaving a gratuity - something I am very generous with - if satisfied with the product and service!
I typically try to focus on great service and products but this experience was so disappointing I felt compelled to post.
My nail person talked on her cell phone while giving me a pedi. Nice. – I went there on 9/06/06... I was very disappointed. It came highly recommended, but I wouldn't recommend anyone else to go there. The lady doing my nails was very abrubt, talked on her cell phone, and kept leaving me to do other things. I went in with my sister for a mani/pedi, it was not relaxing-- and I felt bad it was my sisters' first spa experience. I picked a fingernail color that I was told I could not use because it "chips" (why stock it then)... she picked a color I didn't like (it was supposed to comparable). When I told I didn't like the new color, she didn't give me a chance to change it. I went home and changed it. I told the front desk lady about my impression and experience. She was nice and apologized, but offered nothing else. It is a really cute place, with tons of potential, but not a good staff (except the front desk lady).
I envy those who had such a great experience. It was right before my wedding, and I was looking for a nice break and a chance to relax and hang with my sister.
Great staff, super sweet setting! – I so enjoyed my pedicure. The shop was just darling, lots of fun stuff for sale. My gal who did my pedicure was very attentive and friendly. Overall impression of the staff was excellent, NE 28th is charming with lots of fun shops and restaurants. Great shop and experience.
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