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New in the Neighborhood
Reviewed By Sherri Dalphonse
Comments () | Published April 21, 2009

Aura Spa
Address: 1517 15th St., NW, Washington, DC 20005
Neighborhood: Logan Circle
Nearby Metro Stops: Dupont Circle

Treatment we had: “Aura”ssage, a massage combining deep-tissue, Swedish, and trigger-point therapies, $95 for 60 minutes.

What we loved: The spa, in DC’s Logan Circle neighborhood, is in the same building (the Metropole) as a hair salon (Bang) and gym (Vida Fitness). For those who live in the area, it’s a convenient one-stop spot for beauty and wellness.

What you should know: This is not a true day spa—there are no locker rooms in the spa (though you can use those at Vida), no lounge to chill in between treatments. It’s tiny—just four treatment rooms, a small waiting area, and a bathroom. And it’s not necessarily relaxing: Despite the soothing music played during my massage, I could hear thumping music from outside the spa as well as slamming doors and voices. The massage itself was fine, though not great.

Bottom line: If you live nearby or belong to Vida Fitness, Aura isn’t a bad spot for a quick service. But it’s probably not worth going out of your way.

Aura Spa, 1517 15th St., NW; 202-588-5557; vidafitness.com/auraspa.php. Aura Spa also has locations in the Renaissance Hotel on Ninth Street in DC.

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