4 San Francisco Day Spas that Won’t Break the Bank


Archimedes Banya


Borrowing from renowned bath cultures — including Russian, Turkish and Greek — Archimedes Banya offers multiple floors of spa indulgences and services, not just limited to steam rooms and plunge pools, of which there are plenty. A restaurant serving cold pressed juices, lox platters, caviar and champagne is located on one floor, while the entire rooftop is furnished with tables and chaises, great for sunning and taking in sweeping bay and city views. A three-hour pass costs $47 and grants access to all the spa’s basic amenities.

Imperial Spa


The $30 charged for a four-hour day pass is waived with any treatment at this popular Korean spa. You’ll find essential amenities like a sauna, steam room, hot tub and cold plunge pool, but it’s the body scrubs that keep visitors coming back. Starting at $60 for 30 minutes, this invigorating treatment is not for the faint of heart, but it uncovers skin that’s radiant and baby- soft and it ends with a hair and body wash.

Kabuki Spa


A San Francisco favorite for over 50 years, and with good reason. The host of treatments include traditional Eastern, Western and CBD massage as well as facials, wraps, acupuncture and others. A three-hour $30 day pass gives you access to the hot pool, cold plunge, sauna, and steam room plus standard perks like aromatic drinking water and body-polishing sea salts.

Photo by Raquel Venancio.


A slice of Japanese bathing culture is hidden in the middle of the city. The entrance is easy to miss and you’ll need to pass through the adjoining restaurant to enter the spa. Once inside, you’ll find a communal tub and amenities like a redwood sauna, steam room and overhead cold plunge, all under a mood-setting skylight. Onsen aims for a Zen experience with complimentary hot tea and a rotating short film series inspired by the five elements in Eastern philosophy — September’s will focus on water. $38 for 105 minutes.

This article originally appeared in Marin Magazine as “De-Stress for Less”.

Kasia Pawlowska

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