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211 E 51st St, New York, NY | Directions 1002240.756260 -73.969562
Neighborhoods: Midtown East, Midtown East (Turtle Bay), Midtown
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Great Massages and very Proper Saunas – I don't normally leave reviews, but my visit is worth it. The staff was professional and attentive. The best part is the saunas and the steam room. They are as authentic as it gets. Keep in mind that this is not your regular bath house. The place is upscale and priced accordingly. The only set back is the bar. I wish they'd serve freshly squeezed juices and offer bigger variety of snacks and appetizers.
Avoid at all costs! – I used to frequent this spa quite often, as the employees here were very professional. But on a recent visit, I was disappointed to learn that the place has taken a turn for the worse. The spa was hot (no A/C), dark and smelly, as if someone is keeping a tight watch on the electric bill, and the complementary water was tepid and smelled from chlorine. I was charged $3.00 for a mediocre glass of tea, and the towels I was offered after using the banya were filthy, and looked like they are recycled and folded between guests without washing. To top it off, b*gs were crawling on the dump, moldy floor. It?s a shame that a place with a great potential has gone bad due to an unprofessional management and poor customer service. I?m never going back to this ?spa?.
Great message, ammenities and service need some help – The people here were very friendly and execellent at what they do. I had an awesome message. Why I am willing to pay more for a message at a spa is the extras that usually come with it. This spa, while having opened its doors to women recently, definitly still caters to men. The womens shower room didn't have toothbrush, facial products, or hair products like the men's (my boyfriend and I compared notes). The steam room had a mildew smell in it. And the bar area wasn't tended and I didn't feel like searching someone out. They seemed to put more effort into upselling than to catering. At these prices, I will probably seek out other spas in order to compare--if I can get the awesome message and platza at a spa that delivers better ammenities and service, then I would probably not go back which is hard for me to write as the people were really sweet.
Great Joint!!! – Came here with a few co-workers after work. This is by far the most male friendly spa/bathhouse in the city. Although they serve comp vodka shots, BYOB is also allowed. More places like this in NYC, please!
I Am Definitely Coming Back – After visiting Okeanos I felt as if I have had a week of vacation. The perfect place to relax and forget about the whole world. A great, sophisticated yet simple atmosphere, professional staff and the BEST TREATMENTS EVER. Highly recommend the banya treatment for those who need to relax or simply try something new and exciting. My facial and massage were out of this world. This is more than I expected and I am definitely coming back.
One of top Russian Baths in the city – Think different - Okeanos Spa is not your ordinary banya. No kids running around, no guys swilling down the beer, no ma's with thermoses, no TV's with Russian channels, but just a few people enjoying themselves in a spa with a Russian flavor. Andre Izrailov - a co owner of Okeanos Spa is a pleasure to deal with. And always classy Angela - the spa manager ensures that every client is treated like a celebrity, which can be not far from the truth - some Russian hockey players, ballet dancers and models are regulars there.
The spa is geared towards men - from masculine stone and wood decor to the selection of treatments. Men can take care of themselves and still feel like men - they are in banya after all! There is also a cigar room that was probably meant to balance the healing effect of the spa. Okeanos has two (only one is opened at the moment) cozy Russian steam rooms (no shvitz thankfully) and a "Turkish" steam room, but unfortunately no pool or cold plunge. Everything is brand new with a pleasant feel of luxury. The platza master knows his business well (ask for Ruslan on Thursdays - he is outstanding) and the stove is good - making enjoyable, not oppressive steam that doesn't burn, but thoroughly warms your body. The stove is quite small though, so the steam room becomes rather cold and wet when place gets a lot of people like Saturday nights.
Okeanos is more a spa than a banya and the owners emphasize that in pricing. It makes more sense to spend $120+ on platza with massage or facial and use the banya facilities with no additional fee, than to pay $90 just for an admission. Okeanos does not serve food, but they do offer tea. And complimentary glass of champagne or a shot of vodka are available with every package. The staff is great - attentive, neat and polite.
Check their web site for specials. Right now on Thursdays for just $50 you can enjoy all of the facilities, live Jazz and some great Russian bear.
A fabulous and unique spa experience – I recently had two treatments at Okeanos ? an Optimum facial and a Siberian Hot Stone Massage -- and found the staff to more than professional. I felt pampered from the moment I stepped into the beautiful ocean liner-like space. My message therapist went out her way to make me comfortable on the table before she began and went about her work silently allowing me to really relax.
Although it was my first visit, I was treated like an old friend and encouraged to relax and enjoy a drink at the bar before, between and after my treatments. I really appreciated the little details, like the Spa Director stopping by to say hello and the gorgeous locker room and showers that called to mind a chic boutique hotel.
I'll be back soon!
This is a Man's World!!! – An ideal place to getaway from the city chaos without leaving the city. Russian sauna, massage, complimentary vodka and a poker game - all in one place and in one evening. Platza is a must have before any treatment. We found more than we bargained for. Thanks Okeanos!!!
Hold on to Your Wallet – As a bath afficionado, I was looking forward to trying my first banya. I left OKEANOS very disappointed.
On the phone, management was super friendly, promising free vodka shots after the treatment. I made a reservation for the plotza treatment for myself and several friends and was told it would take 30 to 40 minutes per person.
Although the web site advertizes that each guest receives a "heated wrap" of Russian grains and spices on arrival, no such welcoming gesture was offered. On the positive side, the facilities are clean and the plotza was administered by a friendly and competant young "plotza master" named Sam. However, the first plotza lasted only 20 -25 minutes. This was not so bad but in the middle of the second, the manager stuck her head in and said something in Russian that sounded like, "Hurry up! The next customers are coming!." The treatment ended soon after. The final person in our group to receive a plotza got a very abbreviated version - 10 minutes or so. After the bath we were led to a seating area in our robes and offered refreshments. We chose tea and juice and were also given some fruit. Vodka shots were not offered.
When it came time to pay, we were charged for the plotza and then told we would be charged $50 per person on top of that for the use of the banya. This brochure lists a " half-day use" fee of $90 for those who don't book treatments. The website doesn't mention this at all except under "current promotions" that says half-day use is reduced to $50. I assume this was the justification for the charge, although we had each booked a treatment. Needless to say, the juice and tea were not complementary although there is no menu or sign with prices.
There is an anxiety about money at OKEANOS. They may be on the verge of bankruptcy or they may be trying to make a minimum amount from every client. Either way, the lack of transparency about the cost of services leaves a bad taste.
"Ochin Krasevaya Banya!" (That Means Beautiful Banya), Try Platza and Massage with complimentary Vodka! – Journey into the heart of the ocean as you leave the cares and worries of Nyc far, far, behind and enter a traditional yet luxurious russian bathhouse. As you are starting to wonder if perhaps you haven't been flown to St. Petersburg when you weren't looking, you will take a seat at a deluxe loung and bar( Bring your own champagne for after Platza for A real treat). Enter the steam room or sauna and be massaged with lush superheated all natural oak leaves. I grew up with Platza andso I know my Platza master Sam was absolutely the best Platza master I have ever had. Have a complimentary shot of vodka, and then your choice of deep tissue, swedish, or hot stone massage all with professional talented massage therapists. ABslolutely the best secret in Nyc, great atmosphere, privacy and service, come with a date, friends or just spoil yourself.
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