Best of Boston

BEST Manicure

2007 BEST Manicure

Rose Pagliarulo, The Loft Salon + Day Spa


Well-manicured hands and nails are the mark of the prosperous. Which is why you’ll want to ditch the unpredictable results and spotty hygiene of quick-stop nail joints and pay a visit to this 20-year veteran instead. Using new tools for… read more»

2007 BEST Manicure, South End

Lan Nail Salon


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2006 BEST Manicure

g2o Spa and Salon


Like sugar-free diets, most manicures rarely last the week. Inna Klim’s, on the other hand, have major staying power. The 12-year g2o veteran whips gnarly cuticles into shape, buffs and moisturizes nails and hands, and finishes it all off with… read more»

2005 BEST Manicure

Maria Grace Rodrigues, Salon Mario Russo


Mario Russo has, at last, given Maria Grace Rodrigues a room of her own. The manicurist now sits behind a beaded curtain on the second floor of Russo’s redesigned Newbury Street salon, where a simple white workstation provides the appropriate… read more»

2004 BEST Manicure

Bella Santé


The staff at this low-key, blissfully relaxing spa makes having your nails buffed and polished a special occasion. Manicurists delicately file nails and trim cuticles, throwing in a tension-melting hand massage to boot. And if you’re unsure about length, shape,… read more»

2003 BEST Manicure

Bella Santé


You could get a less expensive manicure at any of the walk-in salons that line Newbury Street, but will it last a blissful, chip-free week? A manicure at Bella Santé will, and that, combined with the friendly service, exceptional cleanliness,… read more»

2002 BEST Manicure

Maria Rodriguez, Salon Mario Russo


A manicure by Maria Rodriguez is, hands down, a tour de force. Her perfectionist’s eye to detail (from clipping and buffing to lengthy hand massages) is impeccable, her conversation keeps the process interesting, and her easygoing demeanor makes the often-impossible… read more»

2001 BEST Manicure

Bella Santé


When a manicure lasts longer than two weeks, you can consider it a work of art. Though Bella Santé excels in many other ways as a day spa, it’s the manicures that most impress us, consistently ensuring the most perfectly… read more»

2000 BEST Manicure, Suburban

Faina Fedosik, Trillium


Be warned: Faina has a devoted following, so prepare to book at least a week ahead for an appointment. The wait is worth it for the extra-long hand massage and meticulous nail polish application. Some fans swear it’s possible to… read more»

2000 BEST Manicure, City

Dolores Sanborn, Austen’s


Our nails were ugly. So when we got the tip to see Dolores at Austen’s, we were only too happy to test her out. Could our yucky stubs be transformed into beautiful digits? Miraculously, yes. In fact, we can’t decide… read more»