By Terry Trucco
The new Hyatt 48Lex is a small, upscale hotel that offers guests everything you’d expect, from a restaurant and room service to a well-equipped fitness center – everything, that is, except a spa.
But that doesn’t mean you can’t get a hot stone massage or an herbal facial without leaving the premises.
48Lex is the latest in a small contingent of hotels, including the Andaz Wall Street and the Grand Hyatt, offering the Cart – a spa on wheels outfitted with the basics a therapist needs to administer spa treatments in a hotel room.
The Cart looks like a rolling room service table, but instead of Eggs Benedict under a silver dome look for a facial steamer, magnifying lamp and towel warmer, a warming shelf for heating stones or wraps, a retractable table for lotions or manicure paraphernalia, a pedicure bowl, a storage drawer, a computer and a folding massage table. Since no spa treatment is complete without the tinkling of New Age bells, there’s even a sound system with subwoofers. Think of it as the spa version of a Matryoshka doll. (more…)