What to Expect at QC NY Spa on Governors Island in New York

A day trip to QC NY Spa is a must during a visit to New York City! This luxury spa isn’t just for New Yorkers.

City dwellers and travelers will enjoy exploring the entire spa featuring wellness experiences and spectacular views of downtown Manhattan.

I’m sharing more about what to expect at QC NY Spa on Governors Island before you go.

woman in outdoor pool at QC NY Spa

Enjoy the Breathtaking Manhattan Skyline Views

One of my favorite things about our visit to QC NY Spa was the beautiful view of downtown Manhattan from the outdoor thermal pools.

During my research of QC NY’s Spa the pictures of the outdoor heated pools with a view made me want to check out this special place for myself.

My visits to New York City are pretty full throttle, trying to cram in as much as possible over several days.

I knew we would have a great time relaxing at all of the lounge areas and spa experiences.

I loved the idea of slowing down for a few hours while enjoying the spa amenities and experiencing the city a different way from the vantage point of the gorgeous grounds.

QC NY Spa on Govenors Island

Where is QC NY Spa Located?

QC NY Spa is located on Governors Island, 112 Andes Road, New York, NY 

ferry to Governors Island in New York

How Do You Get to QC NY Spa?

The QC NY Spa is on Governors Island which is only accessible by the ferry.

view of statue of liberty from ferry to Governors Island in New York

QC NY Spa From Manhattan

*A complimentary round-trip ferry ticket from Lower Manhattan is included with your admission to QC NY Spa.

  • The round-trip ferry from Lower Manhattan is available every day departing from The Battery Maritime Building, located at 10 South Street. It’s an 8- 10 minute ferry ride and operates every half hour.
  • When you disembark the ferry at Soissons Landing you’ll walk up the hill and turn right on Andres Road. QC NY Spa is located in the buildings in between LMCC’s Arts Center and Castle Williams on the right.

QC NY Spa from Brooklyn

*Ferries from Brooklyn are not included with your admission to QC NY Spa.

  • For schedules, pricing and more information, visit
  • It’s around a 5 minute ferry ride from Brooklyn Bridge Park).
outdoor pool at QC NY Spa

The Rich History of the Local Property

QC NY Spa resides inside three former abandoned historic army barrack buildings dating back to 1934.

room near changing rooms at QC NY Spa

The renovations to the historic buildings took years of planning to transform it to a new destination day spa with a curated personality.

igloo at QC NY Spa on Governors Island in New York

What Does Admission to QC NY Spa Include?

The day pass to QC NY Spa includes access to over 20 spa experiences and a complimentary robe, towel, sandals, and toiletries to use during your visit.

You’ll be assigned a locker number and your locker key doubles as a waterproof bracelet to wear during your visit.

I would recommend making a reservation in advance for your preferred day and time. Walk ups are only accepted based on availability.

You can book your session online and you’ll be asked to sign a waiver upon arrival.

friends at QC NY Spa

What to Pack for QC NY Spa

All guests are required to wear swimsuits while enjoying the spa. It’s also recommended to bring sunscreen, sunglasses, and a valid ID.

wet swimsuit bag at QC NY Spa

If you decide to get your hair wet in the outdoor pools there are Dyson hair dryers available to use.

QC Spa provides plastic bags to store and transport your wet swimsuit afterwards.

lotions and creams at QC NY Spa

There are showers and cosmetic products available to use as you redress but you might want to bring your own hair products if you have a preference.

I would also bring a hair tie or clips to keep your hair up if you don’t want to get it wet.

robe and flip flops at QC NY Spa

Pro Tip for QC NY Spa

Pay attention to the colored dot that you’re assigned for your robe and flip flops.

It’s very easy to take someone else’s flip flops or robe on accident when there are several places near each other.

robe at QC NY Spa

I say this as someone who had their robe taken on accident by someone else in the spa.

Just be aware of the color block on the back of your robe when you hang it up and where you place it on the hooks.

outdoor pool at QC NY Spa

Choose the Amount of Time For Your Spa Session at QC NY Spa

You can book your day passes based on how long you want to stay.

  • Daily – Spa session with no time limits
  • Break 3h – Spa session with 3 hours of stay
  • Escape 5h – Spa session with 5 hours of stay
  • Sunset – Spa session starting from 5 p.m

We were are QC NY Spa for a 3 hour session. It was a great amount of time and I could see how people could easily spend the whole day there especially if you have a massage booked.

Our session was during sunset which I loved because we enjoyed the views of the skyline during the day and at night.

outdoor pool at QC NY Spa

Pricing for QC NY Spa

The pricing can fluctuate based on the day of the week and the season. The longer your session, the greater the value if you don’t want to be constricted by a set time limit.

Bring a Friend and Save on Your Visit During Your Birthday Month

The Wellness Birthday entrance provides free daily entrance, with a paying companion, during your birthday month.

Select at least 2 guests and you will receive one free admission. If you only have a reservation for one entrance it will not be considered valid, so bring a friend!

You will be asked to provide a valid ID at the reception upon check-in.

*The Wellness Birthday Entrance promotion is NOT available on weekends or select holidays. The promotion is also subject to limited availability and cannot be combined with gift certificates and other special offers

QC NY Spa on Governors Island in New York

Massage Services Available at QC NY Spa

Guests can choose from a variety of massage services during their visit for an additional fee.

  • Short massage -25-minute massage
  • Traditional massage – 50-minute massage
  • Long massage – 75-minute treatment.
  • Couple massage short – 25-minute massage for 2 people in the same room.
  • Couple massage tailor – 50-minute massage for 2 people in the same room.
outdoor pool at QC NY Spa on Governors Island in New York

Is There an Age Limit for Access to QC NY Spa?

QC NY Spa is for guests ages 21 and up.

outdoor pool  at QC NY Spa

Enjoy the View of Downtown Manhattan From the Outdoor Spa Pools

Even during the winter months, it’s wonderful to experience the crisp air as the steamy air ripples in contrast to the warm outdoor pools.

outdoor pool  at QC NY Spa

As an added bonus QC NY Spa has two of the only outdoor heated pools in all of New York City to enjoy year round.

upside down room at QC NY Spa

Get Lost and Explore the Relaxation Rooms & Wellness Areas

QC Spa NY is Alice and Wonderland themed and guests are encouraged to get lost and explore.

indoor fire pit at QC NY Spa

It’s really fun to wander the building and discover something unexpected down each hallway.

swing chairs QC NY Spa

Be on the lookout for the Upside Down Room, Fireplace Room, Scottish Room, Jukebox Room and the Infrared Room.

infrared beds at QC NY Spa

I seriously could have taken a nap in the Infrared Room because it was so relaxing… but thankfully I didn’t because other guests are walking in and out of the room as they check it out too.

foot bath ritual  at QC NY Spa

QC NY Spa also has Vichy showers, foot baths, steam baths, and themed saunas.

There’s a good chance that you’ll want to visit these areas more than once during your visit, especially if you’re rotating between going inside and outside the building.

seating area for QC NY Spa on Governors Island in New York

Enjoy a Drink and Light Bites at the Bistro

You can’t bring outside food or drink onto the spa premises but you’ll find alcoholic beverages including wine and cocktails, illy coffee and light bites available for purchase on the Bistro menu.

friends at QC NY Spa on Governors Island in New York

I ordered an Aperol spritz and my friend opted for a Margarita. We started with our drinks in the lounge area inside and carried them outside to drink while enjoying the view.

drinks at QC NY Spa on Governors Island in New York

There are complimentary wellness bites at hand from 11am to 9pm daily and purified water, coffee, and tea are available to guests anytime. 

room at QC NY Spa

QC Spa NY has its own signature scent that you can smell throughout the building. There are skincare products and ARIA fragrance diffusers available for purchase in the gift shop.

view of Manhattan at QC NY Spa on Governors Island in New York

Find QC Spas Around the World

QC Terme spas are a global brand with locations around the world that was founded by brothers Saverio and Andrea Quadrio Curzio.

QC Spa NY was the first U.S. location and hopefully there will be more locations in the states in the future.

Here are the other QC Spas Centers around the world:

  • QC Termemilano
  • QC Termeroma
  • QC Termemontebianco
  • QC Terme Bagni Nuovi
  • QC Terme Bagni Vecchi
  • QC Terme Dolomiti
  • QC Terme Pre Saint Didier
  • QC Terme San Pellegrino
  • QC Termechamonix
  • QC Termetorino
  • QC Termegarda
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