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2034 West Gray Street, Houston, TX | Directions 7701929.753051 -95.409463
Neighborhoods: Central, Neartown/ Montrose
Best Stylist Ever!! – I've never loved my hair so much!!!
I decided to book with Sarah Marshburn because my mom can't stop talking about her. I was beginning to think she loved Sarah more than me, her own daughter. So I figured I should check her out and see for myself what my mother was raving about. I'm in Love!!!! Not only is my hair the most beautiful it has ever looked, I had the most wonderful experience. Sarah is as beautiful on the inside as she is on the outside and just a joy to be around. She is very good at what she does and I look forward to having her as my hair stylist for many years to come!
Not recommended! – I have created a Yelp account for the sole purpose of writing this review. I used a Groupon for a "clinical facial" and did not have a good experience. I understand this was a clinical facial and not one that focuses on relaxation, but that still doesn't excuse the aesthetician from standing up the entire facial - made me feel as though she in a hurry and not fully focused on the facial. She also talked throughout the entire facial. For anyone who gets regular facials, it is common practice that the cleansing process that this is where the massage and relaxation piece of it should begin. Not here. She roughly rubbed wet cotton pads all over my face and under my eyes to remove the makeup. The facial is supposed to last 60 minutes and she finished in 45 minutes. She also recommended NINE products to me, which makes me believe she was simply trying to make a sale instead of making an honest recommendation of products that might actually be needed. During the facial, the aesthetician mentioned certain products she recommends (and their cost) and talked down about the products I currently use - not something I want to discuss mid-facial. I have wanted to try Urban Retreat for years and after finally doing so and having such a bad experience, I obviously would never return. Stay away.
Nice Place--Would recommend – I used a LivingSocial certificate for a photo facial 3 weeks ago. Had a wonderful experience. Mari, my technician, was professional, knowledgeable, courteous and caring. I saw some results with just the one photo facial, but it usually takes 3-4 photo facials for optimal results. I would definitely recommend Mari.
Two days ago, I had a facial and chemical peel with Sabrina. She was also professional and GREAT! She knows what she's doing--just the right amount of talking when needed (I'm about to put on the chemical peel--you may feel a bit of tingling--let me know if you are uncomfortable) but for the most part--wonderful relaxation. There is currently a GroupOn for basically the service I paid full-price for yesterday. Buy it before it runs out!
The salon it self is nice. The receptionist was a bit disorganized when I arrived for my facial, but I was there to relax--so I took a deep breath and let her get herself together. The Atrium where I waited for Sabrina was nice, though there was a nail polish rep giving 2 employees a pitch when I got back from the facial. I think that was a poor choice. Is the room for the relaxation of clients or for conducting business?
There is an outside area that was under construction. It will be interesting to see what they do with it.
Overall, it was a good experience. Mari and Sabrina were excellent.
WORST CUSTOMER SERVICE EXPERIENCE-4 TIMES IN A ROW! – For the holidays, I was given a generous gift card to go treat myself at this particular spa.
Experience #1: I scheduled a pedicure appointment for myself and 2 other friends. Confirmed the appointment even. What did Urban Retreat do? They "accidentally" gave our time slot to another party and bumped us to a completely DIFFERENT DAY. There was no apology. In fact, in was intimated by the appointment setter (Sherie?) that I had actually made the mistake. We had to go elsewhere
Experience #2: I made a manicure appointment with their nail tech Maitai. What did Urban Retreat do? They "lost" my appointment the day of, but actually double booked her. SO, she was busy with another client. I had to wait 30 minutes for her to finish
Experience #3: I made a brow trim appointment with Edward. What did Urban Retreat do? They checked me in and I waited at the reception area for Edward. 25 minutes later, I asked the front desk where he was and it turned out that Edward was getting his hair colored. Evidently, they failed to let him know that his appointment was waiting for him. I received no apologies. Edward simply came out, with his hair smothered in chemicals, and he conducted my brow appointment in that manner.
Experience #4: I made a hair appointment for that with their stylist, Christof. What did Urban Retreat do? When I arrived for my appointment, they decided to bump me so that Christof could take care of another client who was the "mother of some bride". Again, there was no apology.
I asked the front desk to kindly get me the manager since I figured 4 instances of poor customer service was reason enough to raise a stink. I waited patiently at their reception area for 10 minutes until it became evident that this place was beyond a joke and I would simply be wasting more of my valuable time.
I decided to write a review for anyone who would consider taking their business here. I had an opportunity to read several of the reviews before writing my own and wasn't the least bit surprised to learn that there are MANY clients who were inconvenienced by Urban Retreat in almost the exact same manner as I was. Do you know that I left the salon, after the last incident and after not having had the opportunity to complain to anyone...........and NO ONE bothered to call me and follow up? Incredible.
Needless to say, I still have money left on that gift card and threw it STRAIGHT in the trash!
Save your money. I guarantee that you can find more competence at the local Super Cuts or strip mall nail salon.
If your time is valuable, go elsewhere. – To be honest, I just created a Citysearch account because this awful business was feature on Groupon. I went here in late November 2010, and I had an expensive spa package (mani/pedi, a 45-minute massage, and "spa lunch").
I had made an appointment but ended up sitting around in a little back room for longer than the individual parts took. (That's right. It took 5 hours for their "3-hour" spa experience.) I wasn't the only one back there, and all of the ladies that day had issues with the management double-scheduling their appointments, losing the bottle of wine they had on the way in, etc.
When I tried to explain to front desk that I needed to leave before my last appointment was to finish in order to go to work, they were far from helpful because they had messed up the schedules so badly. I waited for over 15 minutes to speak to the gentleman in charge, but he was on the phone and unavailable the entire time. I did not receive a follow-up phone call regarding my experience even though the staff knew I had left upset (and I didn't get as long a massage as indicated because of their gross 2-hour error).
The mani was fine, but the pedi wasn't better than the cheapest in town. The massage was average, and the "spa lunch" was the crappiest 2 pieces of bread with a little bit of stuff inside and a couple of pieces of fruit.
I would NEVER recommend this business to anybody because I know my experience there was not atypical.
I LOVED MY FACIAL!!! – I would NEVER write a review but in this case I just had to. All I can say is that I have had many facials & this one was the best. My wonderful Esthetician was Yvonne, she actually listened to what my needs were and gave me wonderful suggestions on how to improve and help maintain my skin. As for the decor of the spa.....it was ok and the front desk girl was very sweet. I'm giving this 5 stars because I just loved, loved, loved my facial.
horrible customer service! – I came in for a facial a few weeks ago as I've always been curious as to visiting the retreat. I pass by it every day when im going to work and finally I thought to myself, hmm a relaxing day at the spa might do me some good.
oh boy was I wrong.
Walking in the salon, you are greeted by an ambiance that does make it seem serene but dont be fooled. As I walked over to the front reception desk. The girl, who was too busy eating the buffet of taco bell items in front of her, failed to notice that I had walked in and was standing in front of her. As she wiped her grease ridden mouth, she rudely asked if i was checking in. Uhmm no of course not, I just love hovering over people eating, of course I was there to check in. It took her a span of 3-5 minutes checking me in saying that her computer was frozen all the while making it feel like I was nothing more than a bother to her and her eating. First off if you're working in a professional establishment dont treat the front reception area as the community buffet. its disgusting, rude,and downright wrong. In the midst of her still checking me in another girl walked in the desk area and proceeded to hold a conversation with this girl checking me in. They were laughing and chatting and calling each other "peanut" while i was still standing there. Finally after a long wait and having to hear about their banter, she simply waved me off to the seating area and told me my service will start soon.
I waited a good 10 min. I sat, walked around the boutique, ate some cookies drank some water, finally fed up with it i went back and asked the girl what I should do, or if my service was running late. the same girl simply looked at the computer and said "oh you can head on back now, she should be ready for you"
uhm...ok? head back where? I've never been here before. Fine, i started walking up and down the pathway in the middle of the salon looking all lost no one bothered to help me.
FINALLY a girl, i assume another one of the receptionists, I think her name was nadi? (I was too frazzled to really keep track when she had told me her name) she immediately saw me as she was walking out of the back area of the spa, where i would soon find out the lockers were located, and asked if i was ok and i was in need of assistance. Finally someone who gave two cents about my being here. I told her what happened and She was very cordial, apologetic, soft spoken and welcoming. It softened my outlook on the establishment and the service i had received earlier. And she showed me where to go, picked out my locker, even gave me a new set of robes and slippers since they lockers were empty and led me to go get seated in the atrium waiting area, handed me some cookies and went to fetch me a cold beverage. She waited on me til she felt that I was comfortable and things were to my liking. Things were starting to look up from here on out.
The service itself was outstanding. Kimberly, my esthetician was very knowledgeable and very eager to get to know me, my lifestyle, problem areas of my skin and suck. I felt that it was very professional yet the inter-personal interaction was tasteful and respectful. I told her the dilemma of trying to get to the actual appointment and she was very apologetic about it. I came out feeling like a million bucks because of that facial.
I was about to check out and again, i got the same rude, crass treatment from the girl handling the transaction. I wanted to complain to the manager but was informed that neither of them were at the spa at that time.
I tried calling back after this encounter to complain but trying to reach the GM joan or the AGM enrique(?) was like trying to find bin laden. They were NEVER available.
all in all. the service was impressive. but dont expect to be treated like you matter when you first walk in!
Not impressed. – My sister and I have had our hair highlighted here and it was an awful experience. We both walked out with paying almost $300 each and had blonde & red patches on our scalps. She tried to put a toner on it, but it didn't work. She acted as if we were a bother. Ladies test drive your hair dresser first or get references. We did not and that was our fault. Personally, I will never go back.
At Urban Retreat we stand behind our services. We have a 21 year history of taking care of a very selective group of customers. The situation described in the review would have been hard to go unnoticed at our salon. We would have made sure that we had taken care of the problem.
If for some reason the customer is not happy with the service, we are ready to make it good at any cost..
great esthetician – Mirela is the queen of wax....had my first brazilian wax, she really is very good and very professional!...im going back for all my waxing.
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