Downtown L.A.’s glam retreat

9 Treatment Rooms

Downtown Los Angeles is quickly evolving into the city’s chicest hub for culture, art, food, luxury hotels and multi-million-dollar residences, and the go-to spot for pampering is The Ritz-Carlton Spa, Los Angeles. Inspired by old Hollywood glamour, the lavish 8,000-square-foot spa inside The Ritz-Carlton, Los Angeles provides a perfect counterpoint to the property’s more contemporary leanings.

The Details

Situated on the second floor, The Ritz-Carlton Spa, Los Angeles has a plush and inviting palette described as “champagne and shimmer” — it’s made up of no more than 50 shades of white and tasteful touches of metallic silver and gold. Think classic George Cukor films like The Women and The Philadelphia Story. As downtown’s only luxury spa — complete with a full-service hair and nail salon — it’s a destination that appeals to hotel guests, discerning Angelenos and A-listers attending high-profile entertainment industry events.

The spa boutique stocks an impressive selection of SoCal lines such as floral-infused Kai fragrances as well as designer apparel for the pool or a workout. Although it’s unusual for any hotel spa to be as perennially busy as this one, the sheer size of it and the thoughtfully designed space ensure you feel cocooned from the energy and the action of the L.A. Live campus below.

The Design

Even with all the opulence, the spa’s spacious digs maintain a minimalist feel that appeals to both women and men. A bit labyrinthine, the flow of treatment spaces prevents you from feeling overwhelmed by the square footage — each area has an intimate ambience. Shimmering patterned walls offset all-white furnishings layered in luxurious linens. Nine treatment rooms and two glistening glass-tiled aromatherapy steam rooms reinforce the sense of seclusion during pampering services.

The peaceful, coed Sanctuary is outfitted with comfortable loungers and circular daybeds, separated by sheer, stringed curtain “walls” and gold-trimmed, mirrored side tables for enjoying the spa’s signature welcome glass of bubbly. Cold plunge showers are available in the separate men and women’s relaxation rooms. And treatments for two take place in a designated couple’s suite. It’s also an ideal place for groups, such as bridal parties or guys’ Rat Pack-style getaways.

The Treatments

Expert, highly curated services at the L.A. spa outshine even the glam décor. While treatments such as the Whiskey Ginger with a Slice of Lime stick to the swank, whimsical theme of the spa, the details and ingredients are serious business. This signature body buff blends whiskey basics such as barley and rye with salt and ginger to exfoliate and renew skin. A nod to California’s landscape and local culinary trends (farm to table, foraged plants), the Garden to Glamorous range of treatments utilizes herbs and plants from the hotel’s rooftop garden.

A full menu of massages offers something for every type — from athletes requiring focused healing and executives in want of deep relaxation. Facials, peels and anti-aging treatments that combine a holistic, organic approach with state-of-the-art skincare are customized to your individual needs.

Those who want VIP treatment choose the popular three-hour-and-30-minute Red Carpet Ready package, a mix of the Champagne and Shimmer body treatment, the Ageless Beauty facial and professional hair and makeup services. (It is L.A. after all.) Whether you’re planning to sit courtside at a Lakers’ game, catch a concert at Staples Center or dine at a hot new restaurant, we couldn’t think of a better way to prep for a night on the town.

DETAILS - Insider Information About This Spa

DETAILS - Insider Information About This Spa