The New York Times
Skip the Pricey Hotel but Keep the Spa
Zeel, a massage-on-demand competitor with an app and a delightfully minimalist website, offers appointments from licensed therapists every day of the year (holidays, too) in more than a dozen cities, including New York (and on Long Island and in Westchester County), Los Angeles, Miami, Chicago and Washington. Clients can choose from Swedish, deep tissue, prenatal and sports massages, as well as couples massages and back-to-back massages (massages for two or more people, one after the other). A recent search found an hourlong deep tissue massage in the Lincoln Park neighborhood of Chicago for $99 plus 18 percent tip for a total of $116.82. Tip and sales tax are shown and added to the bill so, again, you know precisely how much you’re spending. There’s a 10-minute grace period for cancellations after booking. If you cancel a confirmed massage between four hours and 24 hours from your appointment time, you pay $50; if you cancel less than four hours from your appointment, you pay in full.