Hurrem Sultan Hamami

Hurrem Sultan Hamami, Istanbul: Hours, Address, Hurrem Sultan Hamami Reviews: 5/5

Hurrem Sultan Hamami
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Architectural Buildings • Hammams & Turkish Baths • Spas
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8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
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About
The Hurrem Sultan Hammam was designed and built by Mimar Sinan, the chef Ottoman architect. It was built at the request of Hurrem Sultan (Roxelana), the wife of Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent in the 16th century (1556-1557 AD), where the ancient public baths of Zeuxippus (100-200 AD) used to stand, between the Blue Mosque and the Hagia Sophia. The area is also particularly significant as the site where the Temple of Zeus once stood. The hammam was operational until 1910 when it closed for many years. It was later used to house the convicts during times when the nearby Sultanahmet Prison was full. The Hurrem Sultan Hammam, was restored for the first time between the years 1957-1958 and was a carpet exhibition hall until 2007. Although the hammam was built in the classical period Ottoman bath style, it was an innovation in Turkish bath architecture to have the sections for men and women constructed on the same axis as mirror images of each other.
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Neighborhood: Sultanahmet
With so many unmissable attractions within a mere stroll of each other – and all set around the site of an ancient Byzantine hippodrome – Sultanahmet is an overwhelmingly popular tourist destination, and a prime location for visitors to be wowed on a truly epic scale. Beyond the wonders of the Blue Mosque, the Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, and more, this relatively small area of Istanbul somehow manages to retain an air of peace and calm. It offers visitors a significantly less celebrated but nonetheless pleasant network of quaint lanes and side streets, majestic panoramas of the Bosphorus, and an impressive assortment of accommodation options for all budgets and tastes.
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happinanci
Las Vegas, NV76 contributions
My husband and I have had many massages and spa treatments, but this was our first time visiting a Hammam/Turkish Bath. We both enjoyed the experience very much, but it would be helpful to understand the process to make sure it appeals to you before booking. First off, you should know that men and women will be separated and the entire experience takes place in 2 separate, but seemingly equal, bath houses that are connected. The entrance for males is the main entrance, across from the Hagia Sofia, and the entrance for females is on the side in the middle, across from the fountain in the square. Both treatments can be paid for at one register. We opted for the 80 mins package (called Zevk-i Sefa), that includes Hammam, body scrub, bubble massage, tea break and oil massage for a cost of 135 euros each. The experience you have may vary based on your gender, who your therapist is, and who the other patrons are at the time. My experience as a female with my therapist Semra, was calm, quiet and relaxing from start to finish. Whereas while my husband was in his hammam section, the environment was social, chatty and jovial. Both genders are topless in the hammam (which is around other people of the same gender) and nude under a towel during the oil massage (which is in a private room). Your therapist/attendant (females for females and males for males) will scrub your whole body including chest and buttocks, except the genital region (which they will pour water on). My favorite part was lying on the hot marble in the big beautiful main hammam and getting a bubble massage. The oil massage was also good, as was taking tea, sherbet and turkish delight in the main reception room. If you are looking to get good photos from this experience, please be aware that you are normally only allowed to take photos in the main reception room, with the fountain and three floors of small wooden rooms. You won't be allowed to take photos in the impressive marble section, but seeing it is a pleasure. I don't have other experiences in hammams to compare to this one, but everything was great from the lovely 1550s Ottoman architecture to the professional service and cleanliness. I would recommend Ayasofya Hammami to someone looking for a luxurious hammam experience in one of the best hammams in Istanbul (based on other independent reviews which lead me to select this one).
Written July 24, 2021
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Dear Guest, Thank you for your recent review and recommendation at Ayasofya Hurrem Sultan Hamamı . We are glad to learn that you had a wonderful treatment with us. On behalf of the team it was our pleasure to welcome you and your spouse. Your kind words meant a lot to us, and we are looking forward to welcoming you back in future. Best Regards, Yesim Ozmen General Manager
Written July 26, 2021
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Patrycja
Edinburgh, UK1,680 contributions
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I visited HSH as part of my birthday trip to Istanbul.

I booked the all-in treatment - Ab-I Hayat which was 180mins including traditional body scrubbing, relaxing bobble wash & massage, redbud full body mask, followed by full body aromatherapy massage and face massage and mask.
The experience finished with fresh fruit and tea in relaxation area.

On the day, I was received by Fatima and then Julia looked after me during my hammam experience. She was amazing, every part of my ritual felt special, she moved me from one beautiful room to another to perform beauty treatments that made you feel like a princess.

I do spa experiences one evening a month if work allows for it and this one was one of the best I’ve ever had.

Thank you HSH and Julia for making my day so memorable.
Written June 5, 2022
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Dear Ms.Patrycja, Thank you for your recent review and recommendation at Hurrem Sultan Hamamı . We are glad to learn that you had a wonderful treatment with us. On behalf of the team it was our pleasure to welcome you. Your kind words meant a lot to us, and we are looking forward to welcoming you back in the future. Best Regards, Yeşim Özmen General Manager
Written June 6, 2022
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sapna t
4 contributions
I dont know if it was the package I opted for or the lady that was providing me the service.

This was the sequence of events
You enter to a beautiful building with the most amazing ambience. After changing You are escorted to the bathing chambers. Where the lady pours hot water on your body. Then leaves you alone for 10 mins to do it on your own.
She comes back with a clay pack which she applies on your body and then leaves you alone again for 10 mins for it to dry.
She comes back takes off the clay( smells amazing btw). She asks you to lie down. Now this is where I think I was let down the most. She gives you a foamy massage for 5 mins or so and bathes you again and asks you to go and relax in the relaxing booths.

After paying 120£ I think more of the massage would have been relaxing. In a nutshell you will end up paying that money for doing stuff on your own. At least for me it wasn't the best of the experience
Written February 18, 2022
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Dear Ms.Sapna, Thank you for your recent review and recommendation at Hurrem Sultan Hamamı . We are sad to hear that this was not your best service with us ,yet it was the full ritual of the service that you have received , according to our service standarts. On behalf of the team we are ready to welcome you again to the hamam. Please let us know your next visit to İstanbul , we are looking forward to welcoming you back in the future. Best Regards, Yeşim Özmen General Manager
Written February 23, 2022
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Maya
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When I first saw it was 55€ I thought that seemed a little pricey but it was WORTH EVERY CENT.....
This was such an amazing experience and made me feel like a queen
I walked away feeling renewed, relaxed, happy, and refreshed
Everything at Hurrem Sultan Hamam was done to perfection
The facility was so beautiful in a historic site,
The servic was incredible .
The staff was professional
And the tea ,sherbet and Turkish delight after were absolutely delicious

Fatima was the loveliest and the sweetest 💕
The women who worked with me Aydanor was so lovely and excellently skilled💜
She really made for such a wonderful experience

I would absolutely go back and recommend it to anyone and everyone
11/10 amazing 👏🏻
Written March 5, 2022
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Dear Ms.Maya, Thank you for your recent review and recommendation at Hurrem Sultan Hamamı . We are glad to learn that you had a wonderful treatment with us. On behalf of the team it was our pleasure to welcome you. Your kind words meant a lot to us, and we are looking forward to welcoming you back in the future. Best Regards, Yeşim Özmen General Manager
Written March 9, 2022
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aishhaa
Bucharest, Romania46 contributions
I choose the cheapest option for a hamam (turkish bath) which costs 50€ and it lasts 30 min.
The first 10 minutes (which i think was more like 15min) you are left alone to clean yourself with water in the hamam. I have been part of other hamams where you are being washed by the person and you can relax. Then, there is the scrubbing and the foam bath, nice but very very fast. It was nice that in the end you get a mini lotion cream, the scrub mit that was used on you and a gift hand soap.
The location is amazing because its part of the Sofia Mosque with the same architect and its 2 minutes away from it, in the central square with fountains.
Overall i wouldn’t recommend it because you can find cheaper and longer treatements with a better service, this one is just one if the most famous ones and i would call it a turist trap.
Written June 18, 2022
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Dear Guest, First of all I would like to inform that all of our guest comments are very important for us , therefore we are deeply sad to hear that you call it tourist trap ! Our aim is always to keep our service standarts to each guest as we are the pioneers. Your treatment was Aslı Hamam which is our shortest one , it is not the full hamam treatment and as you have experienced it is very shor, t however before you buy it information is very clear in written also explained by our staff befor the treatment. Please let me know if you have any available times or any future plans in Istanbul to experience more. Best regards, Yeşim Özmen
Written June 27, 2022
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Catalina F
Austin, MN20 contributions
I was so looking forward for a Traditional Turkish Bath while traveling in Turkey that my tour guide recommended Ayasofya Hurrem Sultan Hamami. I bought the two hour package that included body scrubbing with a exfoliating glove, to exfoliate dead skin and dirt from your body. This was very relaxing time and afterwards you feel rested and renewed. Totally worth it. Nothing better than to experience a Turkish Bath while in Turkey!
Written November 6, 2021
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Dear Ms.Catalina, Thank you for your recent review and recommendation at Hurrem Sultan Hamamı . We are glad to learn that you had a wonderful treatment with us. On behalf of the team it was our pleasure to welcome you. Your kind words meant a lot to us, and we are looking forward to welcoming you back in future. Best Regards, Yesim Ozmen General Manager
Written November 8, 2021
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Ann A
2 contributions
Solo
They only had an early morning reservation (8:20) available for the next day. I got that reservation by walking in the day before. Totally worth waking up early as I had the entire Haman to myself. What an experience! Staff were amazing, especially Ayshe.
Written January 6, 2020
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Dear Ms.Ann, Thank you for your recent review and recommendation at Ayasofya Hurrem Sultan Hamamı , and we are glad to learn that you had a wonderful treatment with us . Your kind words meant a lot to us, and we are looking forward to welcoming you back in future. Best Regards, Yesim Ozmen General Manager
Written January 6, 2020
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Paulette I
1 contribution
Fantastic us of 80mins! its super easy to make an appointment and there was a steady reminder to arrive early or loose your spot. It was a wet winter day outside but once we arrived at the door it was both physically and emotionally warm. From the door to the reception and throughout the session everyone was pleasant and friendly. I'm glad we included a massage but if you are strapped for time or cash go ahead and get the Hammam wish also came with a wet massage. I particularly liked that no one tried to sell merch to me but were happy to answer my questions once I showed interest in buying merch. I may start buying tickets that let in to Turkey for a day just so I can go get a Hammam in between my regular flight :-)
Written January 13, 2022
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Dear Ms.Paulette, Thank you for your recent review and recommendation at Hurrem Sultan Hamamı . We are glad to learn that you had a wonderful treatment with us. On behalf of the team it was our pleasure to welcome you. Your kind words meant a lot to us, and we are looking forward to welcoming you back in future. Best Regards, Yeşim Özmen General Manager
Written January 14, 2022
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na110
New York44 contributions
My experience at Ayasofya Hurrem Sultan Hamami was exceptional. From the speed of getting the appointment to the overall, not rushed but very relaxing experience. Everything from the little items provided throughout, to the women attending you, to the historical charm of the building, to the very tasty, in-house made chai, sherbet and turkish delights - the entire experience was great and I recommend it highly. The staff was friendly and attentive, but they also gave you your space to relax. I really liked the tea they had and they kindly packed some for me to bring back home, which speaks to Turkish hospitality which we noted throughout our trip. Note that you can only enter the building if you have an appointment.
Written January 19, 2022
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Dear Guest, Thank you for your recent review and recommendation at Hurrem Sultan Hamamı . We are glad to learn that you had a wonderful treatment with us. On behalf of the team it was our pleasure to welcome you. Your kind words meant a lot to us, and we are looking forward to welcoming you back in future. Best Regards, Yeşim Özmen General Manager
Written January 20, 2022
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Bahar
Ireland2 contributions
We had an incredible experience at Ayasoyfa Hamam. Fatima, Ayse and Julia were amazingly accommodating and friendly throughout our stay. We've been taken care of from the first moment at the reception, throughout the treatment up to the lobby relaxation with tea and some turkish delights. We recommend this place for anyone who wants to close their eyes and feel taken care of like Cleopatra for a moment. Tashakor for creating this memory for us, Fatima, Ayse and Julia.
Bahar and Jane
Written September 10, 2021
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Dear Ms.Bahar, Thank you for your recent review and recommendation at Ayasofya Hurrem Sultan Hamamı . We are glad to learn that you had a wonderful treatment with us. On behalf of the ladies team it was our pleasure to welcome you. Your kind words meant a lot to us, and we are looking forward to welcoming you back in future. Best Regards, Yesim Ozmen General Manager
Written September 13, 2021
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