A trendy spa opens in the historic Galt House Hotel

It’s not a regular spa, it’s a cool spa.

LOUtoday_Pelo West

Pelo West gets its name from the Spanish word for “hair” and opened on Friday, Dec. 1.

Photo by LOUtoday

If you’re like me and have never been to a spa before, and the closest thing you’ve had to a massage was one of those leather chairs in the mall — you know which ones — then your idea of what a hotel spa looks like is probably similar to mine, like the Montage Beverly Hills spa as seen on “Keeping Up with the Kardashians.”

However, I was in for a pleasant surprise when I visited the new Pelo West salon and spa on the 17th floor of the Galt House Hotel, which opened earlier this month. The lush green and gold tones + graffiti-style artwork completely erased my expectation of neutral colors and harp music.

LOUtoday_Pelo West

Massage services available at Pelo West include, Swedish massage, deep tissue massage, hot stone massage, and couples massage.

Photo by LOUtoday

Pelo West is the third venture from Louisvillian Kaityln Hubert, who graduated from Assumption High School — I asked so you didn’t have to. The 3,000-sqft spa features four treatment rooms, three hair stations, manicure + pedicure areas, and saunas. Pelo’s products of choice include Eminence Organic Skin Care, R+Co BLEU, and two lines created by Hubert, Tomboy Hair Care and Urban Wild Hair.

A quick look at Pelo West’s services:

  • Haircuts, color, styling: $60-$225
  • Massages: $130-$390
  • Facials: $85-$165
  • Nails: $35-$80
  • Sauna: $30
LOUtoday_Pelo West

Local artworks by Jason M. Lois makes Pelo West a more non-tradionial spa experience.

Photo by Pelo West

In addition to luxury services and products, Pelo West also features local art from Jason M. Lois and Marie Drescher, which gives the space an easy-going edge that definitely put me, a first-time spa-goer, at ease.

Pelo West is open Tuesday-Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Saturday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m., and Sunday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.

More from LOUtoday