Nestled between the Columbia/Little Italy Districts of downtown San Diego, Spa Velia provides an intimate old-world boutique spa destination that offers a memorable experience for seasoned and first-time spa guests. Spa Velia also attends to busy professionals who live and work downtown and are looking for a reputable, dependable, and convenient spa ? one that can become a part of their wellness lifestyle.
I went to Spa Velia as a bit of a treat to myself after a hectic week. When I arrived I was greeted with a smile, and it only got better from there. By the time I left I felt like a whole new person. Thanks Velia!!
Posted: 3/12/2009 • Link to this review
I have had several appointments at Spa Velia for facials. Each and every time it has been a wonderful experience. Although I would not typically use the steam room or change into a robe and use the relaxation lounge, I could not resist. The young woman at the front desk, Stacy, was soft spoken and kind. She walked me back to the changing rooms, showed me the steam room, the relaxation lounge, and then offered me the best pomegranate mimosa - what a treat. I am now sure to arrive early enough to enjoy both of these elements before each facial. As for the facials, I have had three different kinds with the same esthetician, Marcia. Marcia is wonderful. I now request her with each appointment. Marcia is sweet and easy to talk to. She recommends facial treatments that have improved my skin - thank goodness. I intend to give Spa Velia gift certificates to all of my friends for the holidays.
Posted: 10/25/2007 • Last edited: 1/02/2008 • Link to this review
We are thrilled that you are enjoying Spa Velia! Thank you for sharing your experience and for also thinking of us for your holiday shopping list. Did you know that you can email or print Gift Certificates instantly from our website? You never even have to leave home! We look forward to treating you in the spa again soon! Warmly, Dana Stallings, Principal Spa Velia
I was a regular customer at Spa Velia and had been there more than 10 times. I had received wonderful facials, massages, and routine waxing. I unfortunatley had to stop going there after they screwed up my third reservation. The first time, the girl I was suppoed to be with was in the back room and someone never let her know I was there until I reminded them after waiting for 30 minutes, so she didn't have enough time to help me. The second time, they completely lost my reservation and had no one there to help me, so I foolishly rebooked (again). The third time, my reservation was booked under the wrong day, so I waited 25 minutes for someone to free up and vowed to not go back there again. I recieved a discount for one of the events, but it was only 50 percent. I am a good tipper and an easy going customer, but after three times, I had to stop going there. I was hesitant to find a new spa because I did't want to have to search for one, but unfortunately, I wasn't going to be burned for a fourth time, so I found a new spa that WANTS me as a customer. It's too bad, because Spa Velia has potential, and the massage therapist and aestheticians are very friendly, but issues with reservations and customer service are a recipe for business failures. I would only recommend this business to someone who I wanted to frustrate by wasting their afternoon with unfulfilled appointments like Spa Velia did to me (three times).
Posted: 10/21/2007 • Last edited: 1/02/2008 • Link to this review
Hello Lauren,I was so very disappointed to hear about your recent experiences at the spa. However, I do appreciate that you took the time to let us know so that we can review our systems and ensure that this doesn't happen again, to anyone. Will you please email your phone number at firstname.lastname@example.org so that I touch base with you personally? We look forward to another chance to live up to our positive reputation. Warm Regards, Dana Stallings Principal, Spa Velia
I made an appointment with Spa Velia after my best friend got me a gift certificate for my birthday. I was so excited to go, so I made my appointment. I got a call a couple of days before my appointment and they told me that their steam room was out of commission, which was nice that they let me know, but I was still bummed because the steam room is something that I definitely intended on taking advantage of. So I rescheduled my appointment and the day of my appt as I was getting ready, I got a call that my massage therapist had called in sick (I had not requested a particular one). As I know that these things happen, I was fine with it, but was still frustrated as I had passed up a trip with some friends to keep my appt. Once I did finally get into Spa Velia, I was pleasantly surprised at how great everything was. I just had to wait longer than I had wanted!
Posted: 8/17/2007 • Last edited: 1/02/2008 • Link to this review
Thank you so much for providing us with valuable feedback regarding your experience. We truly appreciate it. Please email us your full name at info@spavelia so that we may invite you to come back to enjoy our steam room and swiss showers, on us, whenever you wish! Best wishes, Dana Stallings - Principal, Spa Velia
What a great place! I took my design students to the spa for a site visit and everyone was absolutely helpful. You have the choice of going to any spa in town, but this spa is definitely at the top!
Posted: 7/28/2007 • Last edited: 1/02/2008 • Link to this review
Thank you so much! We hope to see you at the Spa soon...relaxing....Dana Stallings (Owner)
Some girlfriends and I had a spa day last year and chose Spa Velia, none of us had ever been there. We all got the treatment called DRENCH!! Oh my what a treat it was, I have never been so relaxed in my life. We are planning another spa day and we were looking foward to go back to Spa Velia but I am pregnant and they do not offer a prenatal massage. BUMMER!! I'll be back after the little one arrives! Thanks for the great day of relaxation. You have to try the pomogranite mimosa!!
Posted: 7/28/2007 • Last edited: 1/02/2008 • Link to this review
Thank you so much for taking the time to share your wonderful experience regarding your day at Spa Velia! The Drench is by far my personal favorite and is a huge hit with our guests as well! Guess what? We do offer prenatal massage! Simply call the spa at 619.235.0000 to discuss any restrictions. We look forward to treating you both! Dana Stallings (Owner)
A month prior to our first anniversary I made a reservation at Spa Velia for couples massage (an act which requires a credit card number). Day of, I call prior to our appointment to confirm and they have absolutely no record of the appointment, and had been booked solid. I was offered polite apologies on the phone, but nothing else. It's bad enough that this one-time special occasion was spoiled, but what happened to the credit card number someone supposedly took down?
Posted: 5/29/2007 • Last edited: 1/02/2008 • Link to this review
I am so disappointed to hear about your experience. That is definitely not what Spa Velia is about. Unfortunately, human beings can make mistakes and I would like to offer my sincerest apologies to you and your husband and a complimentary couples massage so that you can really experience what all of our guests rave about! Please send your mailing information to Dana@spavelia.com so that I can send our a Gift Card right away. Thank you for taking the time to share you experience and hopefully you can walk away after this visit with a glowing review! Warm Regards, Dana Stallings (Owner)
1. The services I received was awesome. 2. The premises were extremely relaxing and warm and inviting and cozy 3. Some of the staff were awesome others..... way tooooo sugary sweet (only draw back, but not really something you can call a problem) They made you feel really welcome regardless. 4. Overall I would go back again.
Posted: 3/14/2007 • Last edited: 1/02/2008 • Link to this review
Thanks for the glowing review! We truly appreciate that you took the time to share your experience. We hope to see you back in the spa soon! (By the way, we will take the super "sweet" however, please know it IS genuine. :)
This place rocks. The treatments I have had so far (massage, facial & body scrub) are all great, but it is all the little extras that make this place special. The lounge atmosphere is so relaxing, the robes are to die for, the 7-head changing room showers are a spa treat in themselves! They always treat me special there, they do it right.
Posted: 12/31/2006 • Last edited: 1/02/2008 • Link to this review
Thank you for letting Sn Diego, and others, know what we are about - the DETAILS! We have to admit, the Swiss Showers are an incredible hit with all of our guests!
This is my favorite spa in San Diego. I have tried many and this one delivers it all. I love the calming atmosphere - almost as much as the pomegranate mimosas you receive before your treatment. The treatments here are top notch. I go for the MD Peel every 6 weeks and have noticed a dramatic improvement in my skin. I have even brought my boyfriend in for a couples massage - HE LOVED IT!
Posted: 12/28/2006 • Last edited: 1/02/2008 • Link to this review
Spa Velia is the PERFECT place to convert the men into regular spa goers! Thank you for your kind review.
I work downtown and when I found Spa Velia I was thrilled. The facial was fantastic and my massage was so relaxing. Just what the doctor ordered:) I would highly reccommend Spa Velia to anyone looking for a sophisticated place to relax and melt away the stress of everyday life.
Posted: 12/27/2006 • Last edited: 1/02/2008 • Link to this review
From the time you walk in, the sheer warmth and comfort of Spa Velia makes you forget about the outside world. Everything from the atmosphere, the assistants and the treatments makes you want to stay and not leave. Just one visit and you will make it your personal "Quality of Life" retreat. If you deserve the best, Spa Velia is the place to go.
Posted: 12/06/2006 • Last edited: 1/02/2008 • Link to this review
You can call Spa Velia "your own little piece of heaven - anytime!" Thank you for sharing your warm, fuzzy feelings!
Member of ISPA (International Spa Association, Spa Finder Featured Spa Program, Massage Therapists are Nationally and locally certified, Esthetics Team all hold State of California licenses.
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