Does Bathhouse Brooklyn, An Oasis-Like Spa, Live Up to The Hype?

When Bathhouse arrived in Brooklyn two years ago, the wellness destination—which offers massages, facials, scrubs, communal pools, and a full-service restaurant— became the talk of Williamsburg. Its reputation has lasted, and is still a local favorite. So four W editors ventured to the North side to test it out, and gave their honest opinions.

Tilden Bissell, Digital Designer

What had you heard, if anything, about Bathhouse prior to your visit?

I’d had a few friends mention Bathhouse to me when it first opened pre-pandemic, and had heard mostly good things about it. I definitely went in aware that it had a social aspect, but as someone who had been to other bath houses before, I felt I was well-prepared.

Did you have any reservations or anxieties going into Bathhouse, especially as it pertains to the pandemic?

I wasn’t too nervous about going—I’ve been vaccinated for some time and they seemed to have good safety protocols in place—however in our post-pandemic, touch-starved world, I have been carrying around a lot of tension and was skeptical if I would be able to relax at all (and stay unplugged from my phone for four hours).

I went with my coworker Maridelis after work on a Wednesday, and I would definitely recommend going with a friend. The space and amenities were clean and clearly a lot of thought went into their design—it was fairly chic and minimalist, but everything was well maintained. After going through a locker room which also had showers and bathrooms, we went down to Bathhouse’s subterranean amenities. It definitely felt private and removed from Williamsburg upstairs, aside from the rumble of what I assume was an extra loud L train during my massage.

We tried most of the saunas and steam rooms, and some I liked more than others. I have asthma, so I loved the tropical steam room, whereas the dry sauna was a little uncomfortable for me so I skipped it. I was definitely glad I did a weeknight—it was fairly quiet and nobody was too rowdy in the pool areas or saunas since it mostly seemed like couples and young professionals unwinding after work—but I could see it getting busy on the weekends. The staff was personable and informative, plus the massage therapist for Maridelis was also named Tilden, which is a surprise since it’s a fairly uncommon name (and was super exciting to both Tildens once we realized). I scheduled a 90- minute massage with the massage therapist Marileidy, and once I got past how tight my muscles were it was just a really, really good massage. I would be interested to try their other offerings in addition to a shorter massage if I went back because of how good the service was. The only thing that was slightly distracting was the music—it moved from ambient spa music to techno to acoustic and it made it a little hard to relax during the service.

The food was another highlight—the kitchen was very accommodating to my numerous dietary restrictions and it felt light without feeling like stereotypical “spa food.” We tried a little bit of everything with the tasting menu, which was a great deal almost to the point of being too much food. They’d also taken a lot of care to find interesting wines from less well-known varietals and often overlooked regions, so if you’re interested in retoxing after your detox, that’s an option, too. The restaurant staff was so lovely and provided tons of information about what we were drinking and eating, plus answered all of my questions and let me take a picture of a label with a really cool design.

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