Mission + Vision

At cityWell, our mission is to provide an affordable and accessible place where a broad range of urban residents can come to feel better and live better. cityWell integrates the healing qualities of nature and the elements (wood, fire, earth and water) into the experience.

A Boutique Bathhouse in Brooklyn

Inspired by the ancient tradition of communal bathing and caring for the body, cityWell is a small, intimate gem, tucked away in Gowanus, Brooklyn. It is thoughtfully designed and filled with hand-picked items that beautifully and functionally enhance the experience. Enjoy your time here at cityWell and, then take a piece of it home.

cityWell brings together like-minded wellness seekers in a nature-filled space. We offer a place for a loving community to grow or for anyone to experience personal and private self-care.

By bringing these ancient healing traditions to a modern urban setting, we aim to make hydrotherapy a ritual, not just a luxury.

We offer top-quality service and amenities, inside and out, including:

  • Luxurious rain showers
  • Aromatherapy steam room
  • Heated soaking tub
  • Two cedar saunas
  • Indoor relaxation area with refreshments
  • Outdoor lounge space with hammock, fire pit, yoga platform and sun benches
    Pergola for outdoor massage and body treatments

Our Creative Team

Deborah Mariotti | ARCHITECT

Deborah Mariotti of MariottiStudio worked closely with Liz Tortolani from the very beginning, years ago, when cityWell was just an idea in the heart of a very gifted and determined client.

Working together with Liz was an amazing creative adventure and learning experience about a new brand slowly shaping its identity through a clear vision of the client, a beautiful graphic image curated by the talented Kate Dautrich, and ultimately through the design of the physical space of the bath house and outdoor space, designed by Deborah. It was also the start of a lifelong friendship with Liz.

Deborah grew up and studied in Italy, where she was exposed to the beautiful historical architecture and art and modern Italian design that inspire her everyday when she works on her projects.

After attending Architecture and Design at the Politecnico di Milano and working for 8 years in Milano at Vudafieri Partners, she then moved to New York where she worked for another 3 years in an interior disegn firm in Soho before starting her own Interior Design and Architecture firm in 2009.

MariottiStudio, based in Dumbo, is led by Deborah with the close collaboration of Tommaso Mariotti, an architect and interior designer as well, who is based in Italy. The firm works both on residential, retail and commercial projects, in NY, across the US and Canada and Europe, preferring not to specialize on one type of project, believing that to diversify their design work is essential to the creative process and final project results.

The firm won the ACO award in 2017 for the adaptive reuse interior design of a 1880 Church into a medial Spa, near Toronto, Canada.

Current projects are a townhouse in Brooklyn, apartments in Manhattan, a restaurant, 2 stores in California, a showroom, offices and ice cream kiosks.


kate dautrich | branding + visual strategy

Kate brought her visual expertise and energy in the very early years of planning – realizing the cityWell brand years before it became the wellness oasis it is today.

Kate specializes in integrated branding and communication design. Her experience spans a variety of industries such as finance, health & beauty, food, hospitality, arts & culture and education. She has been involved in nearly every aspect of visual brand building, from initial strategy and positioning to identity, large-scale marketing systems and online communications.

Kate has had the pleasure of working on projects of all scopes and sizes: websites, exhibit design, print collateral, and motion graphics. Her print and digital work have been recognized in Graphic Design:USA as well as the South by Southwest (SXSW) Music, Film and Interactive Conference.