Eschewing the frou-frou nonsense and neon favoured by its Beijing contemporaries, this nail spa in Wudaoying Hutong reflects the understated and tasteful ambience of the hutong itself.
The decor is muted and earthy, with wooden Chinese-style cabinets stocked with OPI products to take home with you. As you sink into plush chairs, staff help you in a way that is as discreet as the delicate easy listening and jazz music piped through the little boutique.
Frazzled urbanites would probably pay good money to stay put in this chilled room, working their way though the complimentary beverages (including Italian coffee), but the top notch treatments and worth indulging in.
A simple, traditional reflexology foot massage comes in at 60RMB for 30 minutes, but the speciality is the nail treatments. Manicures, which use OPI as standard, are 68RMB, while pedicures are 88RMB.
For a more in-depth nail treatment, you can upgrade to a Quintessence Manicure (RMB 188), which includes an intensive moisturising treatment, and a massage designed to improve circulation and skin condition.
If your nails are just beyond help though, supersize them with either acrylic (from 200RMB) or gel nails (from 380RMB).