Portofino Sun Tanning Center

★★★★★
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  • 47 West 57 St.

    New York, NY 10019

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  • 212-223-1768

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My boyfriend works at Portofino so I thought I'd go online and give a huge shout out to the newest location they've got! Portofino on 57th Street is the best one yet - with new beds, new lotions offered only at Portofino, and a really clean classy environment. You can always count on this company to take care of you. They will work with your budget or help you out with advice if you are getting ready for an event and are in a time crunch. I always feel like I'm treated extra special there - and not just by my boyfriend :) They look at what you did last time you were in and suggest ways to improve from there. For instance, they will offer you the same bed with an increased time, or suggest a different bed that will work in tandum with the one you did last time. I like the feeling that someone is looking out for me when I tan. Other places, it feels like a free for all. I come to Portofino for the great staff :) but also for the quality assistance I get when tanning with their superior machines!

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★★★★★

My boyfriend works at Portofino so I thought I'd go online and give a huge shout out to the newest location they've got! Portofino on 57th Street is the best one yet - with new beds, new lotions offered only at Portofino, and a really clean classy environment. You can always count on this company to take care of you. They will work with your budget or help you out with advice if you are getting ready for an event and are in a time crunch. I always feel like I'm treated extra special there - and not just by my boyfriend :) They look at what you did last time you were in and suggest ways to improve from there. For instance, they will offer you the same bed with an increased time, or suggest a different bed that will work in tandum with the one you did last time. I like the feeling that someone is looking out for me when I tan. Other places, it feels like a free for all. I come to Portofino for the great staff :) but also for the quality assistance I get when tanning with their superior machines!

Pros: Great tans, great staff who is helpfull :)

Cons: No cons at all!

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Totally great tan with really cool beds. They have a bunch to choose from so I've been switching around. I have tried lay downs, stand ups, and even a cool machine that only tans your FACE (my boyfriend liked this one.... he even put his hands up to the bulbs so that his hands/face got the same color - he says those are the body parts you see when you wear a suit everyday!). Portofino Sun Tanning has a corner on the market, as far as I'm concerned. They're the only place I've tried that gives you options. Some other places have like 12 of the same crappy stand up. Here, it seems like if you just tell the worker at the front where you're at in the tanning process (haven't been in the sun, have been here a few times lately, just got back from vaca), they can recommend exactly which machine to use that day. I've gotten good color and enjoyed my visits each time. My boyfriend ("Tan Hands") did, too :)

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★★★★★

Totally great tan with really cool beds. They have a bunch to choose from so I've been switching around. I have tried lay downs, stand ups, and even a cool machine that only tans your FACE (my boyfriend liked this one.... he even put his hands up to the bulbs so that his hands/face got the same color - he says those are the body parts you see when you wear a suit everyday!). Portofino Sun Tanning has a corner on the market, as far as I'm concerned. They're the only place I've tried that gives you options. Some other places have like 12 of the same crappy stand up. Here, it seems like if you just tell the worker at the front where you're at in the tanning process (haven't been in the sun, have been here a few times lately, just got back from vaca), they can recommend exactly which machine to use that day. I've gotten good color and enjoyed my visits each time. My boyfriend ("Tan Hands") did, too :)

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$They have a student discount that is awesome. You show your student ID and you get 5 tans for $59 and the machine is REALLY strong. I started at like 7 minutes and got color. Finished that pack and bought another. I'm now up to 10 minutes and so much more tan than when I started. If you have a student ID, its such a good deal.

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★★★★★

$They have a student discount that is awesome. You show your student ID and you get 5 tans for $59 and the machine is REALLY strong. I started at like 7 minutes and got color. Finished that pack and bought another. I'm now up to 10 minutes and so much more tan than when I started. If you have a student ID, its such a good deal.

Pros: Strong machine, Good deals

Cons: Only give student discount if you have an ID.

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Where have I been??? How long has this place been in midtown??? I was turned onto this place by a friend visiting who is staying at the Parker Meridian. She asked her concierge for a recommendation to get an airbrush tan and he set her up with an appointment at Portofino Sun, which is 2 minutes from her hotel. I tagged along and was just shocked to find this cozy tanning salon hidden in midtown manhattan! I used a regular bed while she spray tanned and we both left looking awesome. And feeling awesome! The place is so cute, with candy bowls and beauty products to try. I left not only with a new place to tan, but also a new favorite candy, and a hair product that I'll probably look for the next time I'm at Macy's!

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★★★★★

Where have I been??? How long has this place been in midtown??? I was turned onto this place by a friend visiting who is staying at the Parker Meridian. She asked her concierge for a recommendation to get an airbrush tan and he set her up with an appointment at Portofino Sun, which is 2 minutes from her hotel. I tagged along and was just shocked to find this cozy tanning salon hidden in midtown manhattan! I used a regular bed while she spray tanned and we both left looking awesome. And feeling awesome! The place is so cute, with candy bowls and beauty products to try. I left not only with a new place to tan, but also a new favorite candy, and a hair product that I'll probably look for the next time I'm at Macy's!

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Here's the thing - the lastttt place you want to tan is a place that appears uncleanly and full of germs. Portofino, thank heavens, is nothing like that. It is so clean, it's like being in a spa while you tan your skin. I'm very appreciative. I like knowing that my towel is freshly laundered and folded on a germ free surface. I have SEEN the girls there clean the beds, and they are thorough. I even asked about the goggle disinfectint and the girl behind the desk was able to answer me without stutter. She knew exactly what solution they use, how long the goggles must soak, and admits to replacing even those disinfected goggles once a week with new plastic ones. I trust that when I come into Portofino, the experience is a professional one and the staff seems to understand that.

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★★★★★

Here's the thing - the lastttt place you want to tan is a place that appears uncleanly and full of germs. Portofino, thank heavens, is nothing like that. It is so clean, it's like being in a spa while you tan your skin. I'm very appreciative. I like knowing that my towel is freshly laundered and folded on a germ free surface. I have SEEN the girls there clean the beds, and they are thorough. I even asked about the goggle disinfectint and the girl behind the desk was able to answer me without stutter. She knew exactly what solution they use, how long the goggles must soak, and admits to replacing even those disinfected goggles once a week with new plastic ones. I trust that when I come into Portofino, the experience is a professional one and the staff seems to understand that.

Pros: Cleanliness

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Of all the tanners I've been to, Portofino is NYC's #1 tanner. I love tanning here because the machines work, and if they don't, the staff takes your word for it! While I've always gotten dark when I was here, always, one time last week I felt like my session was less than perfect. It was weird. It was like half the bulbs didn't turn on. I've used the machine before so I wasn't sure what I'd done wrong. I'm like, partway through my session when I realize this. Portofino Tanning has phones in every room with instructions on the phone itsself on how to call the front desk. So I grabbed the phone, called the girl in the front, and she came back personally to help me. When she took a look at the bed, she noticed that the client before me had shut off the face lights - so I WAS getting only half tan! And instead of just like, shrugging her shoulders, the girl made it right. She adjusted the machine, got it working up to par, and even gave me a comp session for the inconvienience. This place is professional.

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★★★★★

Of all the tanners I've been to, Portofino is NYC's #1 tanner. I love tanning here because the machines work, and if they don't, the staff takes your word for it! While I've always gotten dark when I was here, always, one time last week I felt like my session was less than perfect. It was weird. It was like half the bulbs didn't turn on. I've used the machine before so I wasn't sure what I'd done wrong. I'm like, partway through my session when I realize this. Portofino Tanning has phones in every room with instructions on the phone itsself on how to call the front desk. So I grabbed the phone, called the girl in the front, and she came back personally to help me. When she took a look at the bed, she noticed that the client before me had shut off the face lights - so I WAS getting only half tan! And instead of just like, shrugging her shoulders, the girl made it right. She adjusted the machine, got it working up to par, and even gave me a comp session for the inconvienience. This place is professional.

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Portofino is amaaazing! They helped my friends and I get HOT tans! When everyone else was in St. Bart's vacationing-we were able to hop in there a couple of times and fake our "vacation tans". WE LOVE the girls there (so SWEET and CUTE) and of course the bed are super strong and quick. My favs are the enjoy mix and the 360--oh and the Dark S*xy Tan lotion too. Love you guys so much--thanks Portofino!!!

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★★★★★

Portofino is amaaazing! They helped my friends and I get HOT tans! When everyone else was in St. Bart's vacationing-we were able to hop in there a couple of times and fake our "vacation tans". WE LOVE the girls there (so SWEET and CUTE) and of course the bed are super strong and quick. My favs are the enjoy mix and the 360--oh and the Dark S*xy Tan lotion too. Love you guys so much--thanks Portofino!!!

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finally! a great, easy way to look tan in this city! I've tried the mystic booths, the streaking orange self tanning lotions, and an airbrush gone wrong before my friend recommended Valeria at Portofino. No streaks-no orange-just tan. i really am so happy with the results. for my pocketbook I wish it lasted longer than a week or so, but wow-thank you!

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★★★★★

finally! a great, easy way to look tan in this city! I've tried the mystic booths, the streaking orange self tanning lotions, and an airbrush gone wrong before my friend recommended Valeria at Portofino. No streaks-no orange-just tan. i really am so happy with the results. for my pocketbook I wish it lasted longer than a week or so, but wow-thank you!

Pros: Airbrush Faux Tanning

Cons: You have to wait 6 hours afterward to shower

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I'm quite particular with my salons. I've lived in many neighborhoods throughout the city and have seen the best and the worst. For tanning, Portofino is lovely. I used to tan at their old midtown location and I made the switch to the one on 57th in January. I think this one even surpasses the other. The decor is elegant (better than what I would expect for a tanning salon) and the staff is as friendly as you get. I like to tan just 2 or 3 times a month to maintain a constant glow. I recommend calling for an appointment though if you want to tan right after work. It seems to be more efficient that way.

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★★★★★

I'm quite particular with my salons. I've lived in many neighborhoods throughout the city and have seen the best and the worst. For tanning, Portofino is lovely. I used to tan at their old midtown location and I made the switch to the one on 57th in January. I think this one even surpasses the other. The decor is elegant (better than what I would expect for a tanning salon) and the staff is as friendly as you get. I like to tan just 2 or 3 times a month to maintain a constant glow. I recommend calling for an appointment though if you want to tan right after work. It seems to be more efficient that way.

Pros: ambiance, staff, results

Cons: can be busy right after work

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What friendly fun people! The tanning beds are strong and produce a great tan each time, but what sets this place apart is the service. I've only tanned a few times, but they know my name and make me feel like VIP. I keep my lotion there (so I don't have to be caught carrying tanning lotion from work). So I walk in, they know my name, each time they grab my lotion for me, and they are bubbly and suggest the best bed to build my tan. The room has my googles and towel ready and the bathroom has spray-on deodorant for when I am done and sweaty. The differences are small, but they add up and really go above and beyond what regular tanning salons offer.

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★★★★★

What friendly fun people! The tanning beds are strong and produce a great tan each time, but what sets this place apart is the service. I've only tanned a few times, but they know my name and make me feel like VIP. I keep my lotion there (so I don't have to be caught carrying tanning lotion from work). So I walk in, they know my name, each time they grab my lotion for me, and they are bubbly and suggest the best bed to build my tan. The room has my googles and towel ready and the bathroom has spray-on deodorant for when I am done and sweaty. The differences are small, but they add up and really go above and beyond what regular tanning salons offer.

Pros: service

Cons: only open until 9pm on Friday nights

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If you work in midtown, Portofino Tanning is basically your only option for indoor baking. Luckily, this place delivers. I work across the street and watched as they opened this store, hoping it would be better than the kinda dingy place I go across town. It IS. I go on my lunch break, use a 12 minute bed, and am back at work without anyone really noticing I was gone. They do single tans, packages, mostly normal stuff no surprises. Now that I'm hooked on online reviews, I thought I'd give my neighbor a shout out - and save all my midtown buddies the job of looking for a midtown tanner. Portofino is the only one.

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★★★★★

If you work in midtown, Portofino Tanning is basically your only option for indoor baking. Luckily, this place delivers. I work across the street and watched as they opened this store, hoping it would be better than the kinda dingy place I go across town. It IS. I go on my lunch break, use a 12 minute bed, and am back at work without anyone really noticing I was gone. They do single tans, packages, mostly normal stuff no surprises. Now that I'm hooked on online reviews, I thought I'd give my neighbor a shout out - and save all my midtown buddies the job of looking for a midtown tanner. Portofino is the only one.

Pros: Easy to get to

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What a cute place :) I love the tan I get there, and I love the candy they have in a little dish on the table. Portofino is so friendly and fun - I go there not only for the color, but to gab with the girls at the counter. They always have some funny story about a celeb tanning there or tight security on 57th street because some politician wants to dine at Nobu across the street! I'm a beach bunny in the summer time, but this tanning center gets me through the winter months. The one thing that stinks is that they don't have those cute little heart stickers to show your tan! Oh well - I guess I need to outgrow that phase at some point, huh? Good salon, adorable set up :)

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★★★★★

What a cute place :) I love the tan I get there, and I love the candy they have in a little dish on the table. Portofino is so friendly and fun - I go there not only for the color, but to gab with the girls at the counter. They always have some funny story about a celeb tanning there or tight security on 57th street because some politician wants to dine at Nobu across the street! I'm a beach bunny in the summer time, but this tanning center gets me through the winter months. The one thing that stinks is that they don't have those cute little heart stickers to show your tan! Oh well - I guess I need to outgrow that phase at some point, huh? Good salon, adorable set up :)

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Portofino has reallllllly good beds and they are super cheap. Their low end beds are like other places' high end beds. You can do stand up machines for $10 - and they are stroooong. I never use lotion but the guy at the desk suggested that I try one just once to see if it makes a difference. I stand corrected cuz it was the darkest I have ever gotten. I know they have other locations too, like all over the city.

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★★★★★

Portofino has reallllllly good beds and they are super cheap. Their low end beds are like other places' high end beds. You can do stand up machines for $10 - and they are stroooong. I never use lotion but the guy at the desk suggested that I try one just once to see if it makes a difference. I stand corrected cuz it was the darkest I have ever gotten. I know they have other locations too, like all over the city.

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just got back from a wedding this weekend and my spray tan got me through my champagne-colored bridesmaid dress dilemma. i was planning to come in 2 weeks before to tan, but i was too swamped with work to make it. at the last minute i decided to try the spray tan and I am so glad i did. the dress i had to wear would have looked terrible with my pasty pale skin. I was in and out within half an hour and it lasted through the whole weekend of events. to anyone in a bind--the spray is the way to go.

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★★★★★

just got back from a wedding this weekend and my spray tan got me through my champagne-colored bridesmaid dress dilemma. i was planning to come in 2 weeks before to tan, but i was too swamped with work to make it. at the last minute i decided to try the spray tan and I am so glad i did. the dress i had to wear would have looked terrible with my pasty pale skin. I was in and out within half an hour and it lasted through the whole weekend of events. to anyone in a bind--the spray is the way to go.

Pros: spray tan

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I grew up in Miami and ever since I moved to the city I been relying on tanning salons to keep me tan and happy. My family just moved to midtown and this tanning place is fantastic. I've been in them all, from corny cheap hole in the wall spots to the pricey pretentious salons in LA. Portofino ranks right up there with the best. It is posh without being pretentious. I have been using a couple different beds, but my favorite is their mattress tanning bed. I haven't seen this kind before. I lay on a mattress, flip half way through and get a chance to breathe, relax and escape from the city bustle for a bit. Their prices are reasonable, the staff has been consistently friendly, and space es beautiful. I''m happy to give Portofino my recommendation.

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★★★★★

I grew up in Miami and ever since I moved to the city I been relying on tanning salons to keep me tan and happy. My family just moved to midtown and this tanning place is fantastic. I've been in them all, from corny cheap hole in the wall spots to the pricey pretentious salons in LA. Portofino ranks right up there with the best. It is posh without being pretentious. I have been using a couple different beds, but my favorite is their mattress tanning bed. I haven't seen this kind before. I lay on a mattress, flip half way through and get a chance to breathe, relax and escape from the city bustle for a bit. Their prices are reasonable, the staff has been consistently friendly, and space es beautiful. I''m happy to give Portofino my recommendation.

Pros: mattress tanning bed, service

Cons: hard to find from the street

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As a model, I need to tan every now and then for gigs and I've been going to Portofino for years. My agent first sent me to the one in Soho and now my home base is 5th Ave. After getting hooked up with discounts on packages, I had to return the favor and spread the word. This tanning salon is fabulous! ...clean rooms, great tanning, fun employees and close to Bergdorf-what more could you ask for? Cheers Portofino--you are my fav.

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★★★★★

As a model, I need to tan every now and then for gigs and I've been going to Portofino for years. My agent first sent me to the one in Soho and now my home base is 5th Ave. After getting hooked up with discounts on packages, I had to return the favor and spread the word. This tanning salon is fabulous! ...clean rooms, great tanning, fun employees and close to Bergdorf-what more could you ask for? Cheers Portofino--you are my fav.

Pros: model rate package, cool employees

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I love the tan I get from the tanning beds at this place, but I wanted a little extra something for my wedding last weekend. It was a small ceremony, no big deal, but I wanted to be dark in that white dress. I asked the girl that usually puts me in the machines if she recommended the airbrush for this event, and she told me that half of her clients are brides! I had a personally applied airbrush applied by Valeria - it was only $55 and worth every penny. Now I'm in post wedding bliss, rehashing on what went right (nothing went wrong!) and my girlfriends told me to write a review on here for good karma :) Thanks so much Portofino!

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★★★★★

I love the tan I get from the tanning beds at this place, but I wanted a little extra something for my wedding last weekend. It was a small ceremony, no big deal, but I wanted to be dark in that white dress. I asked the girl that usually puts me in the machines if she recommended the airbrush for this event, and she told me that half of her clients are brides! I had a personally applied airbrush applied by Valeria - it was only $55 and worth every penny. Now I'm in post wedding bliss, rehashing on what went right (nothing went wrong!) and my girlfriends told me to write a review on here for good karma :) Thanks so much Portofino!

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I work next door to this place at Bergdorf and have been recommending it for airbrush nonstop since I had mine done last week. You have no idea how many clients I get who are interested in the airbrush tan - and now I have a really great place to recommend. Portofino gives you great color without streaking and also sells any products you might want for upkeep. I work in cosmetics but I buy their "tan extender", designed for the airbrush tan. It's a moisturizer with some of the actual airbrush solution mixed in that you can use to keep your airbrush days longer than the typical week. Thanks for my airbrush, Portofino! I'll keep sending my clients your way!

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★★★★★

I work next door to this place at Bergdorf and have been recommending it for airbrush nonstop since I had mine done last week. You have no idea how many clients I get who are interested in the airbrush tan - and now I have a really great place to recommend. Portofino gives you great color without streaking and also sells any products you might want for upkeep. I work in cosmetics but I buy their "tan extender", designed for the airbrush tan. It's a moisturizer with some of the actual airbrush solution mixed in that you can use to keep your airbrush days longer than the typical week. Thanks for my airbrush, Portofino! I'll keep sending my clients your way!

Pros: Best Airbrush Tan

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Okay so it was my surprise when I got to my laser hair removal treatment appointment and found a brand new fancy tanning salon right next door! I had time to spare, so I did both. Make sure you ASK before you do this (they may tell you to space out the hair removal and tanning if you've never done it before) but if Manhattan Laser gives you the go ahead, do it. This is the best tanning experience I've had. Relaxing and gave me good results. They have a lot of beds so I didn't even have to wait.

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★★★★★

Okay so it was my surprise when I got to my laser hair removal treatment appointment and found a brand new fancy tanning salon right next door! I had time to spare, so I did both. Make sure you ASK before you do this (they may tell you to space out the hair removal and tanning if you've never done it before) but if Manhattan Laser gives you the go ahead, do it. This is the best tanning experience I've had. Relaxing and gave me good results. They have a lot of beds so I didn't even have to wait.

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A long time customer of Portofino, I couldn't wait for this midtown location to open. I've been splitting my time tanning between the two 3rd Avenue locations, but since I live on 56th, neither one was really too convienient. Then this hot spot opened! While each Portofino is a little different, this one is by far the most impressive. With huge floor to ceiling windows in the lobby and cool antiquey furniture, I wasn't surprised when I looked up from the couch I was waiting on to an incredible ceiling painting. Tons of space, a warm waiting area with candy, water, tea, and magazines --- I didn't really even want to leave the lobby when my appointment time came up! Then it only got better as I went down the hallway to my tanning bed. There are PAINTINGS on the ways, a marble set of bathrooms, and neat clean brand new machines. My tan was great, always is at any location, but my experience was worth talking about with my girlfriends over dinner that night!

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★★★★★

A long time customer of Portofino, I couldn't wait for this midtown location to open. I've been splitting my time tanning between the two 3rd Avenue locations, but since I live on 56th, neither one was really too convienient. Then this hot spot opened! While each Portofino is a little different, this one is by far the most impressive. With huge floor to ceiling windows in the lobby and cool antiquey furniture, I wasn't surprised when I looked up from the couch I was waiting on to an incredible ceiling painting. Tons of space, a warm waiting area with candy, water, tea, and magazines --- I didn't really even want to leave the lobby when my appointment time came up! Then it only got better as I went down the hallway to my tanning bed. There are PAINTINGS on the ways, a marble set of bathrooms, and neat clean brand new machines. My tan was great, always is at any location, but my experience was worth talking about with my girlfriends over dinner that night!

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YAAAAAAAAAAAAAA yahhhhhs! Portofino has tha mad tans. 10 stand UPS for 10 dollahs a pop Get tha Sun Dazzler it got me mad tan. I tan real good and this store made me so tan for ma sista's sweet sixteen. They dont let ya use oil so buy the dark SE*Y lotion to make ya broooown.

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★★★★★

YAAAAAAAAAAAAAA yahhhhhs! Portofino has tha mad tans. 10 stand UPS for 10 dollahs a pop Get tha Sun Dazzler it got me mad tan. I tan real good and this store made me so tan for ma sista's sweet sixteen. They dont let ya use oil so buy the dark SE*Y lotion to make ya broooown.

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This place is awesome. Highly recommended. I've gone three times now and I am as brown as I get. Instead of having like, five of the same bed, Portofino has nine or ten different beds. I just tell them what I want THAT DAY, and they recommend the machine that will give me the desired result. The first time I tanned, I was whiiiiiite, so I started off in a machine that would get the process started. The next time, I was moved to a machine that works slightly differently - one that was designed to follow up the first session. Today, my third time, I was given the choice to either move up the minutes of my last bed, or go on to a third bed. Its awesome. So far, no red, only brown. Ask the staff for their advice and they'll give it to you. Better machines than I've seen at other NY tanning salons.

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★★★★★

This place is awesome. Highly recommended. I've gone three times now and I am as brown as I get. Instead of having like, five of the same bed, Portofino has nine or ten different beds. I just tell them what I want THAT DAY, and they recommend the machine that will give me the desired result. The first time I tanned, I was whiiiiiite, so I started off in a machine that would get the process started. The next time, I was moved to a machine that works slightly differently - one that was designed to follow up the first session. Today, my third time, I was given the choice to either move up the minutes of my last bed, or go on to a third bed. Its awesome. So far, no red, only brown. Ask the staff for their advice and they'll give it to you. Better machines than I've seen at other NY tanning salons.

Pros: New tanning machines

Cons: Popular

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I actually found this place from citysearch. It seemed to get good reviews so I stopped by the other night to try it. I printed a coupon off of their website and got a buy 1 get 1 free. I was surprised that going twice actually gave me a decent tan. The store was clean, had nice decor for a tanning salon, and the girl at the desk was a sweetheart. I look forward to going back before I head to the Bahamas for vacation.

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★★★★★

I actually found this place from citysearch. It seemed to get good reviews so I stopped by the other night to try it. I printed a coupon off of their website and got a buy 1 get 1 free. I was surprised that going twice actually gave me a decent tan. The store was clean, had nice decor for a tanning salon, and the girl at the desk was a sweetheart. I look forward to going back before I head to the Bahamas for vacation.

Pros: Buy 1 Get 1 Free coupon

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I got really great color from this place. If you go, be prepared to buy a package. The single sessions are expensive - the packages, not so much! I got a package of 26 standups - and they're like, $9 each. That's cheap for NY tanning, I think. My color was really good, even from just one session. They have phones in every room - this cracked me up. Its actually so that you can call the girl at the front desk if you have a problem, instead of like, walking out of your room half dressed. Very new, very fancy. For $9, I thought I got way more than my money's worth.

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★★★★★

I got really great color from this place. If you go, be prepared to buy a package. The single sessions are expensive - the packages, not so much! I got a package of 26 standups - and they're like, $9 each. That's cheap for NY tanning, I think. My color was really good, even from just one session. They have phones in every room - this cracked me up. Its actually so that you can call the girl at the front desk if you have a problem, instead of like, walking out of your room half dressed. Very new, very fancy. For $9, I thought I got way more than my money's worth.

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I'm not one to write reviews, but they suggested that if I liked tanning there, I could help them out and share my experience. To be honest, the place is great. The staff is smiling and friendly. I get tan from their standing machine and I don't burn. I would recommend Portafino to anyone wanting a tan.

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★★★★★

I'm not one to write reviews, but they suggested that if I liked tanning there, I could help them out and share my experience. To be honest, the place is great. The staff is smiling and friendly. I get tan from their standing machine and I don't burn. I would recommend Portafino to anyone wanting a tan.

Pros: good service, good tanning

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This store is hard to find-on my first visit I had to call about 4 times to get help finding my way. I was quite embarrassed but, every time I called, the girl on the phone was so patient and friendly. Once I finally got there I was pampered! They gave me a tour of the store, took the time to explain the machines and lotions and set me up with a sale on my package. The room was spacious, clean, and had googles waiting for me. I never felt rushed or out of place. Sure, it's only a tanning salon, but it is nice to have great service from start to finish anywhere in the city.

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★★★★★

This store is hard to find-on my first visit I had to call about 4 times to get help finding my way. I was quite embarrassed but, every time I called, the girl on the phone was so patient and friendly. Once I finally got there I was pampered! They gave me a tour of the store, took the time to explain the machines and lotions and set me up with a sale on my package. The room was spacious, clean, and had googles waiting for me. I never felt rushed or out of place. Sure, it's only a tanning salon, but it is nice to have great service from start to finish anywhere in the city.

Pros: service

Cons: difficult to find

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This place is exactly what I was looking for. I'm very pale and not used to tanning, but I didn't want to burn on vacation. I went there to get a base tan before i left. I went in about 2 weeks before I left, the girl set me up with a small package, a lotion, and after 5 times I was actually pretty tan. The people were friendly, the rooms were clean and always had towels and googles for me. Overall-two thumbs up from me

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★★★★★

This place is exactly what I was looking for. I'm very pale and not used to tanning, but I didn't want to burn on vacation. I went there to get a base tan before i left. I went in about 2 weeks before I left, the girl set me up with a small package, a lotion, and after 5 times I was actually pretty tan. The people were friendly, the rooms were clean and always had towels and googles for me. Overall-two thumbs up from me

Pros: great tanning results

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My dermatologist actually suggested I go Portofino for my psoriasis. He said they have been trusted in the city for over 20 years. This location was closest to work. The UVB rays are what is best for the condition so I switch between their stand-up machine and "bullet" bed. In one month I've seen a drastic difference--getting this under control has honestly made life easier. The tan is nice too. Ask for their special package for medium pressure machines.

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★★★★★

My dermatologist actually suggested I go Portofino for my psoriasis. He said they have been trusted in the city for over 20 years. This location was closest to work. The UVB rays are what is best for the condition so I switch between their stand-up machine and "bullet" bed. In one month I've seen a drastic difference--getting this under control has honestly made life easier. The tan is nice too. Ask for their special package for medium pressure machines.

Pros: helps clear up skin

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I moved to midtown and changed tanning salons in the process. I'm used to tacky muscle men posters and tasteless decor, but I was pleasantly surprised with this new place. The people at the desk are so bubbly and helpful and the atmosphere is classy and clean--a welcome change for my previous spot. I can stand tanning with tacky posters, but I much prefer the peaceful, upscale ambiance at Portofino.

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★★★★★

I moved to midtown and changed tanning salons in the process. I'm used to tacky muscle men posters and tasteless decor, but I was pleasantly surprised with this new place. The people at the desk are so bubbly and helpful and the atmosphere is classy and clean--a welcome change for my previous spot. I can stand tanning with tacky posters, but I much prefer the peaceful, upscale ambiance at Portofino.

Pros: ambiance, great staff

Cons: can't think of any

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I've been going about once a week to keep up my tan from Mexico. The staff is always friendly, the beds are always clean and as long as I'm on time for my appointment-I never have to wait. It's been over a month since I was in Acapulco and I still look fresh from the beach--just no burn. Just be ready for some funny names of the machines--I tan in the "MATRIX!!" haha

2
★★★★★

I've been going about once a week to keep up my tan from Mexico. The staff is always friendly, the beds are always clean and as long as I'm on time for my appointment-I never have to wait. It's been over a month since I was in Acapulco and I still look fresh from the beach--just no burn. Just be ready for some funny names of the machines--I tan in the "MATRIX!!" haha

Pros: good service-clean place

Cons: seems pricey for one session

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I'm a new customer and have never written a review here before, but the staff working there was so nice and mentioned that if i was happy with my experience i could return the favor and write a review. It looks like the other reviews nailed it--Portofino really is great. The entire store is new and clean, the service is friendly, and tanning results are excellent. Other than location convenience, I can't imagine a better place to tan.

2
★★★★★

I'm a new customer and have never written a review here before, but the staff working there was so nice and mentioned that if i was happy with my experience i could return the favor and write a review. It looks like the other reviews nailed it--Portofino really is great. The entire store is new and clean, the service is friendly, and tanning results are excellent. Other than location convenience, I can't imagine a better place to tan.

Pros: tanning results, staff

Cons: I got lost the 1st time trying to find it

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Dear dark short-haired airbrush girl (I'm sorry I don't remember your name!!)
You made my birthday week!! I was nervous to get an airbrush, but my friends convinced me to do it and I looked SO hot and tan on my birthday night. Thank youuuu!! I got compliments on my skin all night and it made me (the pastiest girl ever) look like a bronze goddess! Next time i have a big night out, you know i will be back to portafino!

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★★★★★

Dear dark short-haired airbrush girl (I'm sorry I don't remember your name!!)
You made my birthday week!! I was nervous to get an airbrush, but my friends convinced me to do it and I looked SO hot and tan on my birthday night. Thank youuuu!! I got compliments on my skin all night and it made me (the pastiest girl ever) look like a bronze goddess! Next time i have a big night out, you know i will be back to portafino!

Pros: AIRBRUSH!

Cons: i can't afford to do it all the time

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I don't really know how much to expect to pay for an airbrush, but according to friends it can get really pricey. I was expecting maybe $75 ... or even $100. Still not even sure if I WANTED one, I called a few places to get the scoop. NO ONE would tell me how much they charge. I'm serious. They "don't quote prices" over the phone. Beach bum wouldn't "share pricing". That new place Color tanning told me I'd have to come on over (are they kidding?) to see. Luckily I called Portofino where someone actually told me that they charge $55 for an airbrush single session. That seemed pretty do-able, so I went and got one. No big deal, I guess. I am really tan.... people commented that it looks good, and I'm kinda excited to have this as an option for the summer. Nice place.

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★★★★★

I don't really know how much to expect to pay for an airbrush, but according to friends it can get really pricey. I was expecting maybe $75 ... or even $100. Still not even sure if I WANTED one, I called a few places to get the scoop. NO ONE would tell me how much they charge. I'm serious. They "don't quote prices" over the phone. Beach bum wouldn't "share pricing". That new place Color tanning told me I'd have to come on over (are they kidding?) to see. Luckily I called Portofino where someone actually told me that they charge $55 for an airbrush single session. That seemed pretty do-able, so I went and got one. No big deal, I guess. I am really tan.... people commented that it looks good, and I'm kinda excited to have this as an option for the summer. Nice place.

Pros: Good airbrush, upfront about prices

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Ok ok...yes, my friends and I are Portofino lovers. On our lunch break we hurry over for a quick tan and i must say that I am the tannest of them all. NO QUESTION!!! Our "club" has been dieting and motivating eachother since January and we just incorporated a new way to treat ourselves--i mean being tan does make us look SKINNY!! love love love portofino (did i mention that i'm the tannest??)

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★★★★★

Ok ok...yes, my friends and I are Portofino lovers. On our lunch break we hurry over for a quick tan and i must say that I am the tannest of them all. NO QUESTION!!! Our "club" has been dieting and motivating eachother since January and we just incorporated a new way to treat ourselves--i mean being tan does make us look SKINNY!! love love love portofino (did i mention that i'm the tannest??)

Pros: makes the "club" feel hot and skinny

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Writing on behalf of my Bloomie's girls!!! We love the new Portofino on 57th Street! Recommend it to all for a great lunch date (when you're dieting and don't really want to "lunch"). The girls and I have been instead hitting up Portofino Tanning Salon. We're running a little game to try all the beds. No one has won yet, they have a bunch to choose from. The staff at Portofino is even in on it now. They see us coming and laugh. Highly recommend Portofino for a fun 20 minute stop in midtown.

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★★★★☆

Writing on behalf of my Bloomie's girls!!! We love the new Portofino on 57th Street! Recommend it to all for a great lunch date (when you're dieting and don't really want to "lunch"). The girls and I have been instead hitting up Portofino Tanning Salon. We're running a little game to try all the beds. No one has won yet, they have a bunch to choose from. The staff at Portofino is even in on it now. They see us coming and laugh. Highly recommend Portofino for a fun 20 minute stop in midtown.

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Portofino is the proud sponser of the Bloomingdale's lunch club!!!!! We lov tanning here and reading the trendy magazines in the lobby. A great midtown spot - I just can't wait till the weather warms up and we Bloomie's girls can walk to our TANNER without our coats on! (PS : To all Bloomie girls - I will win the tan-a-thon!!!!) Great tanning salon with good packages and a staff with a sense of humor to deal with me and my crazy friends!!!

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★★★★★

Portofino is the proud sponser of the Bloomingdale's lunch club!!!!! We lov tanning here and reading the trendy magazines in the lobby. A great midtown spot - I just can't wait till the weather warms up and we Bloomie's girls can walk to our TANNER without our coats on! (PS : To all Bloomie girls - I will win the tan-a-thon!!!!) Great tanning salon with good packages and a staff with a sense of humor to deal with me and my crazy friends!!!

Pros: So cute!

Cons: Zippppo

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I've actually been a client of Portofino for years (another location) and just came by to see how the newest one was looking. I made an appointment for after work, walked through the door, and got the VIP treatment! My bed was ready, the girl at the desk knew my name and was all ready to ring me up when I got there. She walked me to my machine and showed me how to use it. I had 9 minutes to get undressed and get ready, did my session, wasn't rushed out of my room, and went on my way! The whole process took maybe 25 minutes, most of which was time I spent relaxing in peace and quiet. I respect a company who takes appointments and keeps them - so glad Portofino is continuing this courtesy.

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★★★★★

I've actually been a client of Portofino for years (another location) and just came by to see how the newest one was looking. I made an appointment for after work, walked through the door, and got the VIP treatment! My bed was ready, the girl at the desk knew my name and was all ready to ring me up when I got there. She walked me to my machine and showed me how to use it. I had 9 minutes to get undressed and get ready, did my session, wasn't rushed out of my room, and went on my way! The whole process took maybe 25 minutes, most of which was time I spent relaxing in peace and quiet. I respect a company who takes appointments and keeps them - so glad Portofino is continuing this courtesy.

Pros: Appointments available

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Went to Portofino to see what all the hype was about - and while it may be about the tan, I'm raving about the salon itself! It was just so REFRESHING to go to a tanning salon where I trusted the cleanliness of the machines. They even have Purell on the desk :) I'm a neat freak and obviously, so is the guy running Portofino. Even the customers look nice and neat :) You can use the provided plastic eyewear or ask for the disposable eye stickers - it was nice to have the option. My tan was great, the price was reasonable, but the reason I will go back is the safe and appealing environment.

2
★★★★★

Went to Portofino to see what all the hype was about - and while it may be about the tan, I'm raving about the salon itself! It was just so REFRESHING to go to a tanning salon where I trusted the cleanliness of the machines. They even have Purell on the desk :) I'm a neat freak and obviously, so is the guy running Portofino. Even the customers look nice and neat :) You can use the provided plastic eyewear or ask for the disposable eye stickers - it was nice to have the option. My tan was great, the price was reasonable, but the reason I will go back is the safe and appealing environment.

Pros: Eyewear provided, unlimited towels, neat environment

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I went to a tanning salon and I DIDN'T BURN!!!!! Hats off to Portofino - they tanned my Irish skin! Didn't think it could be done, and with 4 sessions (ok.... it took me 4) I've finally got some color on me that isn't self tanner or freckles that have grown together. I used a machine that only gives me A rays - the B (B for burn!) rays weren't in the machine at all. It was a stand up machine, called Matrix (Matricks?) Only thing is, I wish I had bought the package to save a little money. Maybe next time I bronze up this body of mine!

2
★★★★★

I went to a tanning salon and I DIDN'T BURN!!!!! Hats off to Portofino - they tanned my Irish skin! Didn't think it could be done, and with 4 sessions (ok.... it took me 4) I've finally got some color on me that isn't self tanner or freckles that have grown together. I used a machine that only gives me A rays - the B (B for burn!) rays weren't in the machine at all. It was a stand up machine, called Matrix (Matricks?) Only thing is, I wish I had bought the package to save a little money. Maybe next time I bronze up this body of mine!

Pros: They make pale people tan. I swear. I am one.

Cons: Single sessions add up $

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Citysearch has this wrong! The address is right but the cross streets are wrong! This place is between 5TH AND 6TH!!!! Luckily I printed this page out so I could call when I was lost in no man's land between madison and park. Once I actually got to Portofino, it was a breeze. They have a lot of different beds to choose from and a pretty neat spot in the city. The view is cool - worth going up to the fourth floor for. Just write down the address when you go. Portofino is exactly what I pictured a New York tanning salon to be - trendy, kinda hush hush, and the best and newest quality in machines.

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★★★★★

Citysearch has this wrong! The address is right but the cross streets are wrong! This place is between 5TH AND 6TH!!!! Luckily I printed this page out so I could call when I was lost in no man's land between madison and park. Once I actually got to Portofino, it was a breeze. They have a lot of different beds to choose from and a pretty neat spot in the city. The view is cool - worth going up to the fourth floor for. Just write down the address when you go. Portofino is exactly what I pictured a New York tanning salon to be - trendy, kinda hush hush, and the best and newest quality in machines.

Pros: Pretty darn upscale

Cons: Wrong crossstreets on citysearch

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i tried their airbrush and got exactly what i wanted- a natural looking tan without being in the sun. it was applied really evenly and took about a half hour. the tan lasted about a week and looked good the whole time. ask for valeria.

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★★★★★

i tried their airbrush and got exactly what i wanted- a natural looking tan without being in the sun. it was applied really evenly and took about a half hour. the tan lasted about a week and looked good the whole time. ask for valeria.

Pros: airbrush

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The Portofino Tanning Salon is amazing for so many reasons: (1) The location is perfect, very central to everything (2) Every staff member is friendly, helpful, sweet, and accommodating (3) The tanning beds are comfortable, new, large, and there are tons of different options depending on what I want, be it a "beach tan" lying down, or an intense tan standing up (4) Everything is always clean, including the complimentary goggles and towel that come with each tan (5) The prices are affordable, and there is an optional bed that uses less points. The Portofino Experience is, in every way, outstanding! Thank you for opening up in the City!

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★★★★★

The Portofino Tanning Salon is amazing for so many reasons: (1) The location is perfect, very central to everything (2) Every staff member is friendly, helpful, sweet, and accommodating (3) The tanning beds are comfortable, new, large, and there are tons of different options depending on what I want, be it a "beach tan" lying down, or an intense tan standing up (4) Everything is always clean, including the complimentary goggles and towel that come with each tan (5) The prices are affordable, and there is an optional bed that uses less points. The Portofino Experience is, in every way, outstanding! Thank you for opening up in the City!

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So imagine if one day, you woke up and you were laying on the most comfortable bed of clouds you could imagine, surrounded by hoards of the most attractive people you had ever seen who were begging to feed you the best kinds of your favorite foods. Yeah, it's that good.

Portofino has somehow managed to find a collection of the nicest and funniest people in town to help you out, and has an array of the newest, coolest tanning beds that are guaranteed to give you a stunning bronze immediately. The staff at Portofino is highly informed on what the best means are for the best results, and the environment couldn't be more conducive for relaxation. If you're up the air on where to go, my vote is here every time.

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★★★★★

So imagine if one day, you woke up and you were laying on the most comfortable bed of clouds you could imagine, surrounded by hoards of the most attractive people you had ever seen who were begging to feed you the best kinds of your favorite foods. Yeah, it's that good.

Portofino has somehow managed to find a collection of the nicest and funniest people in town to help you out, and has an array of the newest, coolest tanning beds that are guaranteed to give you a stunning bronze immediately. The staff at Portofino is highly informed on what the best means are for the best results, and the environment couldn't be more conducive for relaxation. If you're up the air on where to go, my vote is here every time.

Pros: Ambience.

Cons: None.

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Great tan! I'm really happy with the color I got from this tanning salon. I went twice this week, used the same bed first for 12 minutes and then for the full 15. I am about as dark as I get :) The thing I liked best about Portofino was how clean it was. I felt like I was on a brand new machine, probably was because this Portofino is brand new. The towels are crisp and they provide eyewear. Cool place and really enjoyed the atmosphere!

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★★★★★

Great tan! I'm really happy with the color I got from this tanning salon. I went twice this week, used the same bed first for 12 minutes and then for the full 15. I am about as dark as I get :) The thing I liked best about Portofino was how clean it was. I felt like I was on a brand new machine, probably was because this Portofino is brand new. The towels are crisp and they provide eyewear. Cool place and really enjoyed the atmosphere!

Pros: New Spot! Gread results

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Every time that I move in the city, I have to find a new tanning salon--now I am in midtown and Portofino is my new staple! I LOVE it there. The staff is fun, the atmosphere is relaxed and I always get an amazing tan. The packages there seem equal to if not cheaper than my previous salons, and the quality is far better. I definitely recommend their "Mastersun" bed. It's a 15 minute bed that gets me sooo dark! Just be careful not to go to the old one on 58th St... I made that mistake my first time and realized that one closed!! oops.

2
★★★★★

Every time that I move in the city, I have to find a new tanning salon--now I am in midtown and Portofino is my new staple! I LOVE it there. The staff is fun, the atmosphere is relaxed and I always get an amazing tan. The packages there seem equal to if not cheaper than my previous salons, and the quality is far better. I definitely recommend their "Mastersun" bed. It's a 15 minute bed that gets me sooo dark! Just be careful not to go to the old one on 58th St... I made that mistake my first time and realized that one closed!! oops.

Pros: Mastersun, friendly staff

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I couldn't agree more with the last review. One of my favorite parts of going to Portofino is for the nice, friendly, attractive female staff behind the desk. The one with the red hair especially...I think she is the manager. At my old tanning place the people were always on their cell phones or talking to another staff member instead of helping customers. The staff at Portofino are professional and they couldn't be more outgoing and helpful to make customers feel at right at home. Bottom line: Portofino has a great staff and their beds are the best in NYC. I highly recommend.

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★★★★★

I couldn't agree more with the last review. One of my favorite parts of going to Portofino is for the nice, friendly, attractive female staff behind the desk. The one with the red hair especially...I think she is the manager. At my old tanning place the people were always on their cell phones or talking to another staff member instead of helping customers. The staff at Portofino are professional and they couldn't be more outgoing and helpful to make customers feel at right at home. Bottom line: Portofino has a great staff and their beds are the best in NYC. I highly recommend.

Pros: Attractive and friendly female staff

Cons: Location tough to find 1st time...but call the Portofino staff up and they'll help you out!

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Ok, some other females may be turned off by the cute female staff, but I am one guy who has no problem with the smiley girls behind the desk. I don't like to tell people that I tan, but I figure this is anonymous and I should stick up for the the girls that make Portofino the best tanning salon in town. Not only are the girls cool, the machines give me a great natural tan and I don't ever look like a lobster when I go back to work the next day. I'd send all my friends (if I ever admitted that my skin color was from tanning and not my Italian roots).

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★★★★★

Ok, some other females may be turned off by the cute female staff, but I am one guy who has no problem with the smiley girls behind the desk. I don't like to tell people that I tan, but I figure this is anonymous and I should stick up for the the girls that make Portofino the best tanning salon in town. Not only are the girls cool, the machines give me a great natural tan and I don't ever look like a lobster when I go back to work the next day. I'd send all my friends (if I ever admitted that my skin color was from tanning and not my Italian roots).

Pros: good tan, good staff

Cons: have to take an elevator to get to it

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The salon really is one of the best that New York has to offer. Being from the west coast, this salon has a very mellow vibe and a trendy feel to it. the only thing about the salon I will say, especially at 57th st and the one around 74th or 75th st is that some of the staff seem to be a little immature and tend to talk on the phone more than focus on their clientele. the staff seems to be a little superficial and one with reddish hair seems more into herself than her job, but other than that, great pick

2
★★★★☆

The salon really is one of the best that New York has to offer. Being from the west coast, this salon has a very mellow vibe and a trendy feel to it. the only thing about the salon I will say, especially at 57th st and the one around 74th or 75th st is that some of the staff seem to be a little immature and tend to talk on the phone more than focus on their clientele. the staff seems to be a little superficial and one with reddish hair seems more into herself than her job, but other than that, great pick

Pros: great beds, great ambiance,

Cons: female staff really kills the vibe!

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Portofino native. Done a little exploring and none compare. Quality tans for those who know the difference between a tan and a burn. Very comfortable escape from the city. Definitely recommend this place! You definitely get what you pay for.

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★★★★★

Portofino native. Done a little exploring and none compare. Quality tans for those who know the difference between a tan and a burn. Very comfortable escape from the city. Definitely recommend this place! You definitely get what you pay for.

Pros: My favorite tanning bed, relaxing environment, above the hussle and bussle

Cons: girl with the red hair

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I previously tanned at Portofino's 58th & Madison location and was dissapointed when I learned that it had relocated until I walked into the new location on 57th st. This place is great! The new location has a great waiting area and all the rooms and beds are brand new. The staff goes out of their way to make you feel comfortable. I've never seen equipment like this at any other salon in NYC. It is simply superior. I highly recommend this location.

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★★★★★

I previously tanned at Portofino's 58th & Madison location and was dissapointed when I learned that it had relocated until I walked into the new location on 57th st. This place is great! The new location has a great waiting area and all the rooms and beds are brand new. The staff goes out of their way to make you feel comfortable. I've never seen equipment like this at any other salon in NYC. It is simply superior. I highly recommend this location.

Pros: Everything is Brand New!

Cons: A little tricky to find, but well worth it.

 

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