I have been going to Ace nails it seems like forever! I think it has been since around 1990! They had a location on 17th street I believe before they moved to this newer location (still in Dupont Circle). I think they do a terrific job - always professional, the place is always clean - including all the instruments - it doesn't smell awful like a lot of nail salons do - in fact, no chemical smell at all ever - and while the staff changes somewhat - the same woman that runs the place - seems to have been there for at least as long as I have been going there. The prices have maybe gone up one or two dollars and are extremely reasonable. I love their hot towels in the winter and how nice everyone is whenever I go. It feels like my own neighborhood cheers bar (without the booze). I've moved in and out of the City and even across country but I always always always go back to Ace Nail.
I went to Envy Nails on a tuesday when they had their manicure and pedicure deal (both for $28). I didn't have an appointment going in but it was like a 5 minute wait trying to get a seat. During the pedicure the didn't scrub my feet as much as I would like the polish was very nice. My toes did not chip yet and I got them done 5 days ago. On the other hand my nails have chipped. It looked nice for the 1st two days but after that it started chipping like crazy. It is a very clean place and you see them clean everything but the polish is m problem. I most likely wouldn't come back here to get my nails done.
I recently came into to Piaf Salon for the first time with a friend. We both got the package 6 deal which included a 45 minute facial followed by a 45 minute swedish massage. The facial made my face feel brand new! My face was more soft and smooth than I can ever remember. And the massage was unbelievable! They took out all my knots and massaged over it to relax my muscles from the pain of it. They were so gentle and knew exactly what they were doing. I would recommend Piaf to anyone that wants to feel pampered and relaxed with a great price!