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The Claremont Resort
While there is currently one post on the website for the Claremont Salon I'd like to see if anyone has any updated recommendations or experience with any of the stylists there. My initial impression of the place is that it is not necessarily on the cuttung edge of quality stylists, but I may certainly be wrong. thanks for the input.
I was given a nice gift certificate for the Claremont Spa for
Christmas. I would like to use it for a hair cut. Does anyone
recommend a particular stylist there? Or anyone else in the spa?
Margarita is very good, and very nice. She has cut and highlighted my hair for almost 2 years now. Regarding other spa employees, I have had a massage from Leslie, which was very good. Xania has twice given me a very good pedicure. Have fun! Liz
Can anyone familiar with some of the Claremont Resort Spa services make a recommendation? I received a $200 gift certificate to the Claremont resort for mother's day, a big treat, and I'm a bit bewildered by their menu of offerings. What have you had done there and simply loved? Anon
Now to the service portion. I had alway gotten just a massage but the last time I went I got a combination package with a scrub, message & facial and it was fabulous!!!!! I can't say enough about having all three done. You will feel like a queen. I believe every season they do a different one. It might be a little more than the $200 you have but if there is anyway, make that extra investment. I will be SO worth it. So jealous it isn't me
Re: Day of pampering for friend's 30th birthday
What about the spa at the Claremont? You could get massages and use of the spa and hang out together and also get lunch, use the pool or other facilities. Denise
Re: Spa treatment close to home for husbands birthday I can't say that their prices are ''responsible'' but the Claremont Spa in Oakland is a real treat. It's my favorite place to splurge, and even my husband, not really a spa kind of guy, really enjoyed his couple of birthday-induced trips there.
Hi, does anyone know how much a membership to the Claremont Hotel Tennis and Swim club is? Are the dues monthly or annual? And is it worth it? And what about the Claremont Country Club on Broadway Terrace? Anyone know how much? Kate
There are so many things we like about the club -- it's clean, it has amazing service, tons of activities, it is beautiful -- when I'm there I feel like I'm at a Club Med! There is a great cafe that will bring you lunch to your pool chair. There is also amazing fitness and tennis. And there is a ''Kids Club'' which takes kids from 6 weeks and up. It is an adorable little facility with toys, a climbing structure etc. A lot of times I leave one child there so that I can swim with the other. Some weekends the pool gets fairly crowded, but week days it is almost always empty.
The only drawbacks I see of the club are the expense. However a whole month's membership is about the same price as a weekend in tahoe (that's how we reason it:). I think they need members right now, so if you join make sure you bargain for lots of freebies -- such as gift certificates, guest passes, etc. I think when we joined we got 50 free guest passes and a $500 gift certificate. I'm sure you could get even more now. Feel free to email me if you want more information. Katherine
Pools: I loved the 3 different pools at the Hills, and yes, they have a great (separate) toddler pool. But my son turned two, he refused to be in the toddler pool anymore, he wanted to play on the steps of the grownup pool. Although the toddler pool at the Claremont is very small, he loves it because it is connected to the big kids' pool area. He seems to have plenty of room to move around and I have to drag him out when I want to leave. Also, I think for moms who have more than one child (not me) the Claremont's set up makes it easy to watch a bigger child and a smaller one at the same time, whereas at the Hills, the kids' pool and the baby pool are too far apart for that. The Hills does have diving boards which the big kids love, and the Claremont does not.
Workout facilities: Yes, the work out facilities at the Claremont are a lot better than at the Hills, although for me, the Hills' stuff was fine. My husband, however, was sold on the Claremont because of the workout room.
Childcare: Here the Claremont wins, by far. A huge advantage of the Claremont is their great childcare. My child ASKS to go to the ''kids' club'' at the Claremont - he never liked the childcare at the Hills. He has a blast at the Kids' Club (except for one day when he was the only kid there and he wasn't too crazy about that).
Cost: the Hills is MUCH more reasonably priced and it is really easy to resell your membership, usually for more than you paid for it. And the monthly fee at the Claremont is almost triple what the Hills was. The guest fees at the Hills are a lot more reasonable, and they let your babysitter bring your child instead of you, at no additional cost (the Claremont makes you buy a ''nanny pass''). The Hills was also really nice about letting my nanny bring her own kids the week they didn't have school.
Snack bar: The Claremont's snack bar is much more expensive than the Hills, and the person manning the cash register is the slowest mammal alive. You are not supposed to bring your own food at the Claremont, either (a rule I totally ignore), but lots of people bring their own stuff at the Hills which I think is much nicer. On the other hand, the Claremont's snack bar has beer and wine, and they set up a poolside bar in the summer (a plus for me, I like my booze!).
Other: don't join the Claremont for the free night's stay at the hotel. They know you are being ''comp'd'' when you check in, and they put us in a room next to the service passage and we got to listen to loud banging from carts being rolled up and down all night long. And in the morning, we had a cold shower. Ugh! Frankly, if the Hills was located where the Claremont is, I'd have stayed at the Hills and brought my flask to the Hills instead of sneaking a sandwich at the Claremont).
We're considering joining the Claremont Club at the Claremont Hotel for its tennis, fitness center, pools and childcare. Our son is a newborn and they seem to be very family friendly. Is anyone a member or have any insights into the membership/general atmosphere? We're looking for a low-key, albeit very nice, place to spend time during the week and on weekends. I especially will be using it as my ''break'' from being a mom for a few hours a day... Many thanks Tora
We joined because several other families on our street belong, as do a number of the families of my daughter's playmates. I have been spending a lot of time with a personal trainer and a Pilates instructor and they have been wonderful in helping me get back in shape after baby #2. My husband loves the separate lap pool and the spinning classes (he was doing one of the tennis clinics until he ruptured his Achilles tendon last summer!). We find the atmosphere to be very low key and family- oriented; most of the members seem to be families. There also seem to be a lot of offerings for older kids, like swim teams and tennis clinics. We also love the facilities; the recent renovations on the fitness center and the locker rooms were great. Stephanie
There are so many things we like about the club -- it's clean, it has amazing service, tons of activities, it is beautiful -- when I'm there I feel like I'm at a Club Med! There is a great cafe that will bring you lunch to your pool chair. There is also amazing fitness and tennis. And there is a ''Kids Club'' which takes kids from 6 weeks and up. It is an adorable little facility with toys, a climbing structure etc. A lot of times I leave one child there so that I can swim with the other. Some weekends the pool gets fairly crowded, but week days it is almost always empty. The only drawbacks I see of the club are the expense. However a whole month's membership is about the same price as a weekend in tahoe (that's how we reason it:). I think they need members right now, so if you join make sure you bargain for lots of freebies -- such as gift certificates, guest passes, etc. I think when we joined we got 50 free guest passes and a $500 gift certificate. I'm sure you could get even more now. Feel free to email me if you want more information. Katherine
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