You should do this if: (i) you are travelling with someone of the opposite sex, and (ii) have never experienced hammam before OR have done it before but would like to go with your travelling partner. Single persons are not allowed in.
It is NOT a traditional hammam. But if you have never been hammam before you may not want a traditional one because you won't know what to do. Here, they speak english and guide you to each area when it is your turn. It is specifically for tourists and I think the experience compares well to a traditional hammam in most respects. You get the scrub, wash massage and relaxation time as a package. The entrance fee is more than other hammams but that's cos you usually have to pay extra for a massage etc and bring all your own stuff in other ones.
Everything (towels etc) is provided in this hammam. Just bring your makeup and hairbrush. Hairdryers are provided. You will get completely wet (obviously) so don't bother with makeup before going. That said, if you don't want to get your hair wet, just tie it up and ask the masseurs not to pour water on your head, just on your body! Note that all the masseurs are male so don't go if you are not ok with this.
It may be obvious but I think some of the previous reviewers didn't know - it is hot in a hammam! Obviously! It is like a sauna (approx 50 degrees celsius). So if you don't like saunas or can't stand being in a hot room (with strangers) don't go. If you are adventurous and up for new experiences, don't be fazed by the negative reviews. I think it was worth it.
Remember that the masseurs speak English, so you can ask them to scrub/massage you more gently. Don't rely on just saying "ow". Also this is one of the few hammams which allows you to wear swimsuits in the hammam (in others, you have to be completely naked). So just bring your own, otherwise you can wear the cloth ones provided. I wore my own but the cloth ones looked clean and hygenic.
Go at an off-peak time, maybe before lunch or in the afternoon. Evening is a peak time. Don't have a big meal just before you go as you may feel faint. Drinks lots of water afterwards and relax for an hour or so before you do any hardcore walking.
After our session we relaxed in a nearby tea garden - walk around the Suleymani mosque, you will see a cafe down some steps, a bit run down, lots of locals.
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