Going to the spa is such a treat not only for your body but also your mind. I usually go to the spa for massages or body treatments, but wanted to start the new year with a rejuvenating facial. Since moving to Seattle, I have spent a lot of time researching and reading reviews on spas in the area, services provided and amenities offered. I was constantly coming across Penelope and the Beauty Bar, so I knew I had to plan a day.
I invited my friend Nadia along with me to experience the Penelope Signature Facial and Jade infrared pod session. As we arrived to the Fairmont Olympic hotel, the valet greeted us, and took my car. We entered the hotel, and took a left towards the spa.
The main hotel lobby is up the escalator to your right, but to get to the spa, take a left and head around the corner.
After checking in at the spa desk, there was an attendant waiting to take us to the changing room. Each guest is shown a private changing room with a robe and slippers. She told us to leave our clothes and belonging and would fold/hang everything and store it for the duration of our visit.
I would describe the atmosphere of the spa as sophisticated vintage serenity. It had a darker atmosphere with antique frames, furniture and chandeliers with white drapes from the ceiling which created a very romantic setting.
In contrast to the lounge, the changing room and some of the treatment rooms had striking black walls with gold and silver accents and black and white striped curtains which gave it a modern chic touch.
After showing us to the lounge, our spa attendant offered us champagne, tea or coffee while we waited. We made sure to arrive at least 20 minutes earlier to complete paperwork and relax before the service.
I started my service with the jade lined infrared pod. It feels like lying in a tanning bed, but your head is exposed and the benefits are actually good for you. I would highly recommend doing the pod service last because the chances of being very relaxed and disoriented after your massage or facial are very high! I could see the pod being a great next step to close your eyes and maybe even accidentally fall asleep.
Below is the description of the health benefits of the infrared pod:
All wins to me!
Once my thirty minute session ended, I headed over to the treatment room for my facial. My esthetician, Angela was very warm and friendly. She asked me a lot of questions about my current routine and what my goals were for my facial. I had shared with her a recent experience that resulted in an allergic reaction, and she was very thorough on trying to find the root of the cause. It turns out I was allergic to an antioxidant that was in the product, so she made sure to steer clear of it.
Facial treatment room
Massage treatment room
My advice is to always be very detailed on your routine, expectations and any skin issues you may have. Each facial is customized to your skin, so the goal is to get the best outcome for you. For my facial, I was looking to clear out my pores and hydrate my skin. The final result was a soft and dewy feel with no redness or irritation. It was a success in my book.
Here is the description of the facial we received:
PENELOPE SIGNATURE OUR MOST POPULAR FACIAL. FOR A RADIANT/FIRMER COMPLEXION, THIS TREATMENT ENHANCES THE LOOK OF YOUR SKIN, ENCOURAGES REJUVENATION, AND REDUCES THE APPEARANCE OF FINE LINES. ADVANCE THERAPIES, USING BIOLOGIQUE RECHERCHE PRODUCTS, ARE SPECIFICALLY GEARED TOWARD SIGNS OF EARLY AGING. YOU AND YOUR THERAPIST WILL CHOOSE THE TREATMENT CUSTOMIZED TO MEET YOUR NEEDS AND CONCERNS.
After my treatment, I headed back to the lounge to relax and regroup my thoughts. I was in a daze from all the pampering. I met up with Nadia, and chatted about our services. This was her first ever facial, and she was extremely pleased with the results. She felt that her skin felt cleaner and moisturized.
In conclusion, Penelope and Beauty Bar is a great spa for pampering with your friends, significant other or even by yourself. I would recommend going to the spa at 11am, and then heading upstairs to tea time. Remember to make a reservation. You can read about that here. I never felt rushed throughout our time at the spa, and appreciated everyone’s kindness. The quality of the products made all the difference, and it was evident why they specialize in skincare and treatments.
Thank you to Penelope and Beauty Bar for hosting us. All thoughts are my own.