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Address: 3703 Mermaid Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11224-1218
Phone Number:
+1 347-462-2166
08:00 - 23:30
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Sun - Sat 08:00 - 23:30
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours

Mermaid Spa located in the Sea Gate area of Brooklyn has a reputation for...

Mermaid Spa located in the Sea Gate area of Brooklyn has a reputation for being the best Russian baths in New York. Besides three Russian steam rooms, this bathhouse has a scorching dry sauna, a Turkish bath, two tile pools that are machine-fed with chopped ice and a circular Jacuzzi inside a lodge-like wooden hall. The entire facility is finished with wood and slate. Owners Zina and Boris Kotlyar, Joseph Feldsherov, and Aleks Khlebopros say they wanted to create an environment that was similar to an old style banya in Russia . "Marble is so cold, wood helps you feel warmer." The great quality of steam also helps to feel warmer. Mermaid Spa also offers Swedish and deep tissue massage in addition to traditional Russian massage with soap or venik - a leafy bundle of birch or oak twigs.

The restaurant is great with authentic Russian dishes that you would not want to miss. Traditional Russian vodka, cold beer and freshly squeezed juices are also available. The resting area is cozy. In the summer visitors appreciate the fact that Mermaid Spa is located just a 5-minute walk to the beach.

Russian steam room:

An authentic Russian room with a stove made with granite rocks heated overnight to radiate intense heat. The stove has a hole to throw the water into. By throwing water on stones heated to extreme temperatures behind metal doors, steam droplets of exceptionally small size are created; this makes breathing easy and enjoyable. The temperatures usually do not exceed 80C/180F. Here people often hit themselves or others with bunches of dried branches and leaves from white birch or other suitable trees (called venik) in order to get a message and improve the circulation. In winter, branches that have been dried and then moistened in hot water are used. Felt hats are used to protect the head from heat. Pads are used to sit on as the hot, dry wood can be uncomfortable for bare skin.

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Always feel good when leaving!!

I am not Russian, but I live in the area and enjoy an occasional spa visit. I noticed some unfair responses on Yelp and want to add my opinion. No one said the admission is... read more

Reviewed 18 December 2016
New York City
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New York City
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Reviewed 18 December 2016

I am not Russian, but I live in the area and enjoy an occasional spa visit. I noticed some unfair responses on Yelp and want to add my opinion. No one said the admission is cheap, but they have been known to have deals especially at the end of the year and during the summer months. You need to bring... More 

1 Thank NewYorkCityBill
Anton K, Guest Relations Manager at Mermaid Spa, responded to this review

Dear Bill, thank you for your review. We are always happy to see you. More 

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Reviewed 19 October 2016 via mobile

Located in a quietly secluded area of Coney Island this place features modern design, large hot tub whirlpool, a wet sauna, ,3 large dry saunas, ice room, outside seating, excellent buffet, byo for drinks and dessbac, onsite parking. Its my favorite in bk. Food is amazing. Entrance $45 at the door per adult, well worth it. Delicious food is extra,... More 

Thank Alex S
Anton K, Public Relations Manager at Mermaid Spa, responded to this review

Dear Alex, thank you for your kind words. We are always happy to see you. Please visit us again soon. More 

Brooklyn, New York
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Reviewed 23 August 2016

It used to be a great place but not anymore. First of all the price is outrageous. And they raise it constantly. What is it now? $45? Secondly, food became worse. Service is so-so. A red-headed waitress is good as well as another one, Natasha. The guy-waiter is obnoxious and rude. Thirdly, one of their 4 rooms is always under... More 

Thank AllaFish2016
Anton K, Guest Relations Manager at Mermaid Spa, responded to this review

Dear Alla, we are sorry to hear that you are not happy with our spa. Well, entry prices did go up because of increased expenses. This is a trend across the entire Russian bath house industry in NYC. But we just renovated our lockers and steam rooms. There are no repairs as of now and all steam rooms are open... More 

New York
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Reviewed 26 July 2016 via mobile

I have been their years ago, I did think and enshrined this huge pool in a middle and lots of massage rooms and steam rooms, in general much bigger space, when we came there years later and I brought my husband with me I realized that there are no more robes and flip flops will come handy. The place is... More 

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Reviewed 28 March 2016 via mobile

I am a Russian speaking American who has visited here several times with both Americans (non-Russian speaking) and Russians. Most importantly it is clean and well-tended. It is welcoming and fun for all ages-kids with parents, over 60-set and молодежь. It's co-ed so you will be in a bathing suit. They provide towels and a locker w key for the... More 

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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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Reviewed 22 December 2015 via mobile

I have been numerous times to this spa/bath house, and I leave feeling relaxed and renewed every time. There are tons of different saunas and steam rooms, plus an ice room, jacuzzi, 2 ice baths, and an area outside to relax. There is also a great selection of Russian food and drink to enjoy and maintain energy as detoxifying. I... More 

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New York City, New York
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Reviewed 5 March 2015

This is my second visit to the "Mermaid Spa" in Brooklyn NY and, I must admit, it was very enjoyable on both occasions. I enjoy saunas and have visited a number of different spas in NYC (you may find my essay on a Spa Castle in College Point, Queens), but thus far, I found this one to be superior to... More 

2 Thank Bevan B
Contoocook, New Hampshire
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Reviewed 1 March 2015

What a terrific way to spend a day! The facility is clean, has numerous sauna options, cold water plunge pools and showering spots. While we did not take advantage of any of the treatments they offer, there are a number to choose from. There is a large hot tub that has good jets but the water temp. was pretty warm,... More 

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