Cemberlitas Hamami

Cemberlitas Hamami, Istanbul: Address, Phone Number, Cemberlitas Hamami Reviews: 3.5/5

Cemberlitas Hamami
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One of several Turkish baths in the city, the same architect responsible for the Blue Mosque designed this one.
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Neighborhood: Grand Bazaar
Tourists, hawkers, and locals come together at the Grand Bazaar to comb its labyrinthine passageways in search of a bargain – be it a pair of brand name jeans, a handcrafted silk rug, or a perfectly brewed cup of tea. Outside the vast bazaar, worn, narrow streets wind their way down from its lofty perch to the southern shore of the Golden Horn, where the evocatively aromatic Spice Bazaar beckons alongside the elegant New Mosque (opened in 1665). Nearby, the famed Galata Bridge offers pedestrian access to urban delights across the river in Istanbul’s more residential and contemporary neighborhoods, while the must-see sights of Sultanahmet are but a leisurely stroll away.
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Tampa, FL122 contributions
Oct 2020
This was our second turkish bath while in Istanbul. It was not the best experience. There was little direction given. we were pointed up the stairs to change. They turned on the lights for the cubicle, and left. they then came back and pointed to the key so we could lock up our stuff, and then told to go downstairs. We were pointed to a door and went in, some one took our ticket aand pointed at another door. We went in and was not told anything so we laid down on the heated marble. later our attendant came in and started the bath, we were then led off to the side for the massage portion. The attendaant rinsed of the marble where we were cleaned but no disinfection was done. after the shor massage we were directed towards the shower, after which we were shown where to put the used pestemals and wrapped in a dry one, we were then wrapped in a towel and led out. We found an area on the third floor to sit and relax, then found the outdoor area where we stayed until we were ready to change and leave. like I stated earlier there was little direction and the bathing/massage time seemed short. I would probably skip Cemberlitas and just return to Kilic Ala Pasa on my next visit.
Written November 1, 2020
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Baltimore, MD130 contributions
Feb 2020
I visited the Cemberlitas Hamam last week while visiting Istanbul. I liked that you didn't have to make a reservation & seemed affordable. Looking at the services online, the Indian Head Rub sounded delightful to me. I didn't realize that it only comes with a self-service bath. Since it was my first time, I wish I had the full traditional treatment PLUS the head massage. Things weren't really explained to me, so once I was in my towel and in the hot marble room, I didn't have any idea what I was supposed to be doing. I didn't know what buckets or soap I could use, or which stations I should/could be at. A little more explanation would have been nice. I waited for a while in the massage waiting area, before another woman asked me what I was waiting for & went to get someone to do my treatment. The headrub felt great & I almost fell asleep. I think that with a little more explanation of the facilities/options, or opting for the Traditional treatment, it would have been a more enjoyable visit for me.
Written March 1, 2020
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Chino Hills, CA1,086 contributions
Apr 2021
I figure when I’m Turkey, do the hamami. This place was recommended by my tour guide and is near my hotel. First I sat in the hot room for about 20 minutes. The. The guy scrubbed me thoroughly. I got an oil massage and facial that was good and deep. Then a rinse and another wash. The pressure was strong and that is how I like it.
Written April 1, 2021
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Alessandro A
London, UK117 contributions
Feb 2022 • Friends
I was charged for 1 hour treatment, instead I was only there for less than 40minutes. When complained to the receptionist, she said well it is more or less 1 hour. But in their brochure they advertise it as 15mins acrub, 30mins bubble wash and oil massage. I haven't even received any oil massage. The place is horribly kept, the staff are there to do just the bare minimum and have the courage to ask for tips on top. I do not recommend at all. I've already informed some travel book companies about the bad service. I definitey recommend the Cagaloglu Hamam, that is a 5 star service for just an extra £5-10.
Written February 16, 2022
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Frankfurt, Germany50 contributions
Apr 2022 • Friends
No reason why to visit:
There is no real massage, it’s just a tourist trap. You enter a very old and badly maintained building, you pay 40 euros for a scratch massage. It’s a dirty place, the massager will sweat on you.
There is nothing else than this huge stone shown in the bath website. So it’s not a bath house with jacuzzi or spa area.
Written April 18, 2022
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Washington DC, DC11 contributions
Jun 2022 • Friends
As a visiting tourist, this was my third Istanbul ham man and my least favorite. I would never recommend it. It is as far from a spa experience as you can get.

First the facilities: it reeked of cigarette smoke. The walls were visibly moldy. The seating area was crowded . The only shower stall had random grocery store shower gel for communal use. The central hot room had a dome and the basics but was covered with stains.

Second the service: it was rushed. The woman who scrubbed me down kept moving me around the stone slab to lay down to face other people’s feet. She had other women move up and down the slab while they were tying to relax. No idea why. We ended up walking around the whole round slab and lying down about 2 feet from where I started lying down. She was only in a bra and panties, and let her large belly constantly slap me. So strange; was that a new treatment I’ve never heard of? The wait between the scrub and the massage was long (my friend was in and out of her massage and had been waiting in the common area for 20 minutes by the time I started with mine). The line for the shower was another long wait. 8 women were ahead of me just to rinse off. The changing room had 4 people in a small space.

No COVID precautions at all. There were circles for social distancing on the floor in a couple areas but they guided multiple women into the same changing stall that I was in. No way we could stay even 1’ apart. I’m writing this with a sore throat two mornings later.
Written June 27, 2022
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kate c
New York City, NY140 contributions
Jul 2021
Located just behind the burned column is the entry way. It's 300 lira for a traditional which they give you (at least for a woman) throw away bottoms, soap and scrub mitt. Men and woman are separated but it is communal once inside your side. Between sweating and scrubbing you seriously have never been so clean, The quick but great massage is fantastic and the woman to does it all very professional. Upstairs do have mirrors and hairdryers to help you out and lockers to store your bag safely.
Written August 1, 2021
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London, UK33 contributions
Apr 2022 • Friends
This is an authentic traditional hammam typical of the Middle East in a beautiful 16th century building. This is not a Hotel style beauty/spa treatment place which clearly some bad reviewers were expecting. If you are looking for that go somewhere else. This hammam is the place to go to get rubbed down, soaped up and massaged within an inch of your life in glorious surroundings. So forget the scented candles and canned music, this is a taste of a bygone age that is full of character and will leave you feeling like your body has had a good going over. Best sleep I’ve had in months after an afternoon here. Highly recommended but know what to expect.
Written April 22, 2022
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Stavroula G
Sparta, Greece2 contributions
Nov 2021 • Couples
To summarize my experience, all I can say is that not only it wasn't pleasant, it was a torture. I paid 55 euros for the luxury pack, hamam and massage. They gave me a towel and put me in the hamam, the woman who was supposed to take care of me, was not only bored to do her job, but also she was brutal. She threw several times hot water to my face and body with a metal basket, with such strength and without telling me first to be prepared that I thought my breath would stop. She did my body with the soap very fast and clumsy, and then spent about 1 minute washing my hair, with cold water. I felt helpless, like I was at a horror movie where they did tortures to make me talk! The oil massage was so mediocre, the woman was talking loudly with another employee the whole time, on my head. It was such a waste of money and time. It is November, my hair was wet and they didn't even had blow drier to dry my hair. Don't go, their service is ridiculous.
Written November 12, 2021
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2 contributions
Aug 2020 • Business
Absolutely appalling value for money and service!

Booked in for a manicure and pedicure - the manicure lasted approximately 3 minutes and only consisted of cleaning up the cuticles. There was an additional charge for a hand massage and scrub (which I didn't opt for and was approximately 60tl).

The pedicure started off with a tub of water for the feet to soak in - again the pedicure consisted of neatening the cuticles only. There was an additional charge for 70tl for a scrub which I opted for. Only to find it was a type of lotion being applied and then scrubbed with a loafer.

It was my last day in Istanbul and just did not have the energy to bring this up for the management.

Overll extremely dissatisfied with the whole experience.

Written August 25, 2020
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