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Want to keep the cherry blossom vibes going, in a much more relaxing way than being nearly trampled by hordes of tourists? The Four Seasons Hotel Washington, DC completed a $600,000 renovation this year to refresh the hotel spa's look, adding beautiful cherry blossom and monument-themed murals to the pool level, luxurious touches to the locker rooms, and more.

Racked DC spoke with Four Seasons Health Club and Spa manager Julia Boeminghaus, who shared details about the renovation and the most popular treatments and deals that Racked readers should know about — mainly that you can and should hang out at the spa all day before or after your treatment. Amenities include tea and flavored water in the relaxation lounge, along with access to the sauna, indoor jacuzzi, and eucalyptus-scented steam room for spa patrons.

What was the vibe you were going for with the renovation décor?
We wanted it to be a facelift. Fresher, more contemporary, more in-line with the rest of the hotel's style. Nothing really has changed in terms of layout or space or size. It's a clean, sleek look.

What treatments do people love? Which is most popular?
I think the most popular is the Pennsylvania Avenue Retreat, which is kind of fun because we are on Pennsylvania Avenue. It's an 80-minute treatment. It starts with a 25-minute scrub of the feet and lower legs. If you've been running around, either if you've been sightseeing or working, it exfoliates and refreshes your feet. Then it's a 50-minute aroma therapy and full body massage. So it's a little bit of a combination between a scrub and a massage. That would be the most popular massage.

We also have a nice number of facials. The most popular one would be our Kate Sommervile signature facial. Kate Sommerville is known as the aesthetician to the stars in LA and Beverly Hills. She has this facial that includes an oxygen machine, so it's a very hydrating serum packed with nutrients, vitamins, and minerals basically being infused into your skin. It really plumps up your skin. It also uses a red light therapy. It's an 80-minute facial combining these two machines, the light therapy and the oxygen machine. It leaves people coming out very refreshed, very hydrated. If you have any redness, the light really works as an anti-inflammatory and evens your skin tone. It's relaxing.

What might people not know about the spa?
I think people should definitely consider that they can come and relax for the whole day or half a day, and not just only come for their spa appointment. They can extend their relaxation benefits by using the facility. They have access to the sauna and steam room, they can stay there before or after the treatments. We validate parking for three hours so that's complementary.

What's the best deal that Racked readers need to know about?
Monday through Thursday all day long the prices are a little bit lower than on the weekends, but also we have something called the "80 for 50" deal, which is more for the daytime. Between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m., you would get an 80-minute massage for the price of a 50-minute massage. Your treatment time gets upgraded.

How do you like to relax?
My most favorite thing is the sauna and steam room. When I go to a spa I always make sure that they have it. What's great here too, if you don't have time to do a whole hour-long massage or facial, we have mini-massages or mini-facials. They're 20 minutes and they're called Executive treatments. They wouldn't be a full body massage, but you can focus on one or two area of the body, and you can still use the whole facility.

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Four Seasons Hotel Washington, DC

2800 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington DC 20007