There are few San Franciscans I know who prefer the hustle and bustle of an upscale spa to the down-home elegance of the neighborhood pampering haunt. You know the place --it harbors the tasteful urbanity of your best friend's house rather than the false fronts of coolness most exclusive digs might offer. Despite occupying a chic corner of Fillmore Street in Pacific Heights, Spa Solé plies instant comfort to no-nonsense customers.
This quaint yet cozy second-story spa looks like it could be your friend's swanky flat. Furnished with three stylish treatment rooms, its décor is an exercise in modern Victoriana. Aside from its welcoming ambience, this restorative health and wellness retreat boasts an array of complimentary consultations for first-time spa-goers. And despite its modest size, the list of treats is sizeable.
-- Nirmala Nataraj