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05/24/2010Provided by Citysearch -
Outrageously expensive for what you are getting. I purchased 5 sessions for their best machine and the machine was dusty and gross. That's for $36 (plus $10 lotion). Also, when you buy a package, they limit the time that you can use your sessions, very weird. Not the newest equipment either. The place is very shabby.
The rooms have dirty-looking dark carpeting. Staff at a front desk is not very friendly. They have two stations but use one for some reason.
06/20/2009Provided by Citysearch -
if you have all the time in the world this place is fine. expect to spend a minimum of 10 mins up to 30 mins waiting to put your name in, then waiting another 10-30 mins to get into a bed. They dont have any of the low level beds (so plan on spending more for the higher end beds), and for the mid level there is 1 stand up and 3 lay downs, then there are like 3 high end beds and some spray tan stations. the people that work there are nice, but they will chat it up with every random person that walks in off the street and only purchases a single tan. then the customers that have paid $150+ a month stand and wait for these people's transactions to be over. they have 2 registers but they only use 1. being that they have management issues with the inflow of customers, after waiting for 20 mins to put your name in, all the sudden there are 10 ppl waiting for 3 beds. there is also always a gaggle of hoodlums hanging out in the lobby area who are not customers, but must be friends of the people that work there. so while you wait for 30 minutes for a bed, you cant even sit down.
04/03/2008Provided by Citysearch -
I've been to many tanning salons throughout the city. When I went to beachbum I was offered lotion. i never knew what lotion was for but after it was explained to me i decided to buy a packet. I went into the iBed. I came out really dark. When i got out i bought a package, which comes out cheaper than buying individual sessions and bottle of lotion
03/16/2008Provided by Citysearch -
I have purchased 2 tanning packages at Beach Bum (86th and Lex) and have been severely disappointed each time. The staff could care less about the costumers and is more interested in talking on the phone and pretending like they are busy so they don't have to actually provide customer service. The place is not clean, constantly under construction, and a huge waste of money. One time I made the mistake of using the bathroom and really wished I hadn't. It was so dirty and gross - and quite certainly in violation of some sort of health code. Overall, Beach Bum leaves its customers wanting . . . wanting a clean and friendly tanning experience. To summarize, the staff is unhelpful and often disrespectful to their customers, the facilities are unkempt and not hygenic, the tanning beds are antiquated (e.g., no music as is customary in various other tanning salons) and, given the exorbitant prices, not worth the money.
03/07/2008Provided by Citysearch -
Beach Bum offers new customers a free week of tanning, which is great but I will not continue to go here afterwards. .... Or maybe I would go back after the construction is finished.
- Waited in line for 20 minutes before getting to the register while two other employees were sitting behind the desk and didn't open up the other register to help the long line of customers.
- For the week of my free tanning music did not work in any of the beds that I used.
- Rooms did not have moisturizers, spray deodorant, etc.
- I highly recommend going in the ""S-Class"" bed (Platinum level). It spritzes you with water every couple of minutes and sprays aroma therapy. I prefer this to the higher level Diamond bed. Both give you a great natural looking tan.
03/01/2008Provided by Citysearch -
I just started going to the Beach Bum Tanning at 86th and lex and I love it! The people are really nice and friendly, and the beds and rooms are well kept. Its a little more expensive than I'm used to, but I think I'm going to have an amazing tan after my 6 sessions!
02/01/2008Provided by Citysearch -
The staff is so knowledgeable. I told my story to one of the staff, on how I first burn and then I get the tan. He explained to me that your skin must first have a base tan which wills prevent you from getting burned. So he recommended a tanning bed based on my skin and within 3 sessions I had my base tan and when I went to D-R I actually slept through the first night without a burn?thank you Arti
12/13/2007Provided by Citysearch -
When I went to beach bm tan, I was at first put off by the pricing, but after I used the facilities it felt as if I had ripped THEM off. Never have I received such a great tan in my life. My friends even asked me if I had been on vacation. They have fabulous lotion, which one of the saled people advised me on. It was fabulous. My skin was soft, and it had never been as mosturized ever.
10/14/2007Provided by Citysearch -
I used to go to Sundara because they had a great spray tanner there. However, I decided to try Beach Bum as the location is great and they had a $20 first time special. I was shocked and so pleased when the spray tanner from Sundara was at Beach Bum. Not only did she give me a great tan like always but I love the Beach Bum products. They are all natural and do not sting at all as other spray tan products have. It also drys much more quickly so you don't have to stand under uncomfortable lights drying for 10-15 minutes. The place itself is nice and clean and accomidating in terms of rescheduling appointments etc. They are also open all the time which really helps and spray tan from 2-9 PM most days. I would highly recommend the spray tanning to anyone from first hand experience and from what I have heard from friends the beds are great too!
10/03/2007Provided by Citysearch -
this salon is by far the best tanning salon i have ever visited the staff is very welcoming and the service is very fast and the beds gave me the color that i was looking for !!!!! i highly recommend this salon for anyone looking to get great and fast service and an awsome color!!!!!
09/21/2007Provided by Citysearch -
I've been going to Beach Bum for the last year or so. The people at 86th are really great people contrary to what some of those reviews might say. It's sad to see that reviewers would say such things about the employees there. They are always willing to listen to me and have extended my expiration many times. By now they know my name and put me on the waiting list right away. That's real service. The beds are great and up to date. At times it is busy but I have learned to not come during certain hours. The morning or late night is ideal and even better they are open 24 hours!
09/20/2007Provided by Citysearch -
i stopped by beach bum and only had one tan. i liked the fun relaxed atmosphere, and the beds are the best in the city. one of the people at the counter told me they were expanding and also adding custom air brush to their services so i highyly suggest stopping by, they have great hours and resonable prices
I loved the beds at the salon. I usually hate spray tanning, but they have a special air brush person, who sprays you herself, and the color came out amazing. The loton they have is really good, and it always helps my color. The staff is friendly, and very hepful when it comes to explaining the machines and the products
I have been to a lot of tanning salons, and it was by far my favorite. They ordered a lotion for me, that they didn't have, and the next time I came to tan, it was available for me to buy, The staff was very accomidating, and showed me the entire facility, and the different options that were available to me
the lotion at this store was really great. i have been looking for a new lotion to tan with, and the sales girl recommended something called Tansium. She was very helpful, and I ended up buying the lotion, because it was so good. My color came out great for a party I had to go to that evening
I have been a sun girl since I lived in LA and moved to Georgia in my early 20's, since moving to New York four years ago I have never found a more energetic, fun and diverse tanning salon. Beach Bum on 86th street has a young staff that is both fun and professional, as well as, taking care of the customer and making the experience enjoyable. Even though there are times that the wait is 10 min or so for a bed, the beds are the best in the city by far and the wait is worth it...and I find the prices reasonable, especially since Carlos and Dante make an effort to throw in a free session when I purchase a 5 pack. My color is always amazing and they have the best selection of lotions and CalTan products. I have just found out they are offering custom air brush and body sculpting, and after a horrible experience with a sunless salon in Hell's Kitchen I am eager to stay at Beach Bum and get sprayed! The young lady at 86th street is very warm and professional, and I have an appt next week! I highly recommend tanning here!
I love sunless tanning and have been to many places in the city to find the one place that makes a flawless tan. I have been to many salons, and have been satisfied at first, but by the second or third day my tan turned orange, or began to fade quickly. I stopped by Beach Bum on 86th street and was given a coupon to try out the air brush tanning and body sculpting with a young girl Sabrina. Everything was great, she was on time and really took the time to see what I was trying to achieve for a tan. Sabrina was professional and the service itself was quik with no long drying time. The whole service took about 15mins from start to finish but didnt feel rushed or anything. There are colors to choose from but she actually mixes the solution on the premises, and the final result is great! I love the color and the spray is even and has lasted for 5 days so far! I love the follow-up calls Sabrina makes the next too, she makes you feel really comfortable and I really enjoyed the experience.
09/14/2007Provided by Citysearch -
Expect long waits and attitudes (mostly because the people at the front desk are always on their cell phones and don't get off the phone to clean the beds). The tanning rooms are dark, dirty, and hot I usually can't make it through a whole session because of the heat). The packages are expensive compaired to other tanning salons within 5 blocks that are clean, modern, friendly, with almost no waiting ever. I picked this place because the place I used to go accross the street moved, but after 20 plus sessions here, I would rather walk the 5 blocks to another place than step foot in this hole again. I may even give up my last 4 sessions just to avoid the filth and nonsense that goes on here. Ironic that I upgraded to the platinum sessions on my current package and they put me in the same beds as my last package that was less expensive. PS. The video on the front page is nice, but I have never seen the owner there. The place is run by a bunch of teenage clowns.