Which spa add-ons deserve your dough?
At the W Hotel’s Bliss Chicago, a $90, 90-minute-long Foot Patrol pedicure—the prima donna of pedicures—allows patrons to up the ante when it comes to refreshing those dirty dogs. Fork over an extra $15 for the Callus Conqueror add-on, and the aesthetician rubs an exfoliating and moisturizing potassium hydroxide-based gel on hardened patches like the tips of your toes and heels. Then, wrapping each foot in a plastic bag, she leaves them to soak up the solution for two minutes. The true bliss comes with the pedicure itself, though—foot and leg massages every 15 minutes with the spa’s aromatic lotions and scrubs, meticulous filing and sloughing with a diamond dust–covered file and the option of watching Sex and the City episodes on the flat-screen TVs at each station. Several days and a few runs later, my feet remain remarkably softer, but I can’t say for sure that the Foot Patrol sans-add-on wouldn’t have sufficed on its own. After spending nearly a Benjamin here, you could choose to just go all the way. But personally, I’d save those 15 bucks for a post-pedi martini at the bar eight floors down, or put the cash toward one of Bliss’s heaven-in-a-bottle bath products to bring the pleasure back home. $90 for Foot Patrol pedicure; $15 for Callus Conqueror. 644 N Lake Shore Dr (312-201-9545, blissworld.com).
NOT Worth it !