Sofular Hamami

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

Sofular Hamami
3.5

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The area
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Neighborhood: Fener & Balat
This sleepy and rather socially conservative area of Istanbul hosts a small but thriving Jewish community, the patriarchate of the Eastern Orthodox Church, and some of the most beautiful churches and Christian art in the world. Much of what’s most interesting to witness in Fener and Balat sits between the surviving ancient city walls of Constantinople and the serene shores of the Golden Horn. Despite the many splendid sights, historic attractions, stunning vistas, and warm Turkish welcome, the area remains largely unperturbed by the tourist trade that characterizes the atmosphere in nearby Sultanahmet and around the Grand Bazaar. Travelers that like to explore off the beaten track will reap big rewards for making the effort to visit this low-key part of town.
How to get there
  • Aksaray • 4 min walk
  • Vezneciler • 8 min walk

3.5
28 reviews
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Colin B
Moorreesburg, South Africa20 contributions
A good local experience
Jun 2019
We liked this as it was not on the main tourist route and seemed more authentic than the other options. A Turkish bath is a great local experience. Nobody at the bath spoke English, but it was easy enough to be understood and we enjoyed this new experience. Men and women bath in different areas, but both seemed equally as good. The wash and massage is hard yet satisfying, don’t expect pampering.
Written June 28, 2019
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Luay S
Istanbul, Turkey9 contributions
Greedy staff
Apr 2019 • Solo
An excellent experience but spoiled by the greedy staff who gather at the end asking for a tip and would be disappointed even after paying them 60 Turkish lira (full service charge of 75 T.L. already paid in advance).. they took the tip and walked away shaking their heads to show their dissatisfaction.
Written April 9, 2019
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Catherine C
10 contributions
lovely hammam experience
Nov 2018 • Solo
Sofular hammam is easy to find, located close to bus and metro stops. The hammam itself is simple but was very clean and well lit. I felt very taken care of by the bath attendants. At the time of visit, a scrub + massage/shampoo was 95 TL. Great service, the price is less expensive than many of the other places and the hammam itself also felt much less geared towards tourists. The attendants spoke a bit of English which was very useful. Overall, highly recommend.
Written November 27, 2018
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Taoufik F
Montreal, Canada3 contributions
Too dirty
Jan 2016 • Solo
Although it is similar to other hammams in Istanbul, thoshamma should be renovated.
The cabins are dirty, smelly and too old.
They raised their prices, from 20Lt to 30 Lt for a simple hamam, and although they have it well annouced that a kasa is 10Lt, they charge 13Lt.
Let us agree that 3 Lt are nothing, but it should at least be advertised as is!
This is my visit on January 14, 2016.
To add: the gathering around you to get tips: every one is asked ng for it! Even if they did nothing to you.
Written January 17, 2016
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1etsgo
Milwaukee, Wisconsin3 contributions
Unique experience and friendly atteendants
Aug 2015 • Family
This was our first experience with a Turkish Bath, so don't have anything to compare it against. My daughter, husband, and I went there last week, the 22nd of August, 2015. I believe the cost was modest for this service at 55 Turkish Lira each. Since the attendants did not speak English, we were uncertain as to whether it included tips, so we added 5 TL each, bringing the total cost per person to 60 TL. The experience lasted one full hour. There were separate facilities for men and women. We did not feel rushed, were not solicited for tips, and were guided through the process of sauna, peeling, rinsing, washing and massage with hand gestures and many smiles. Given the opportunity to again visit Istanbul, we would most definitely go back to this hamam.
Written August 28, 2015
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ZafranWindsor
Windsor, UK244 contributions
Cheaper than normal hammams but don't get caught
Feb 2015
This hammam was very good orginallt from what I hear. Then tourists started discovering this local hammam as the price for complete service was about 50tLiras. But sadly theyve too jumped on the tourist scamming band wagon. 50 liras is suppose to include everything including tips. But once u paid up. You will find masseurs hassling you for tips before and after. Also the service is very rushed. This service was supposed to be atleast 1 hour. We got 35 mins. We had someone time it. But i suppose its still cheap compared to 100 or 120 liras.
Written February 27, 2015
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Lizbé K
Headington, UK40 contributions
Value for money
May 2014 • Family
We paid 50 TL for use of the hamam including a scrub, soap massage and having our hair washed; making it my cheapest hamam experience in Istanbul. Sofular is not as beautiful as hamams like Çemberlitas and instead of sharing the room with other tourists, you get to share it with locals. The ladies were very friendly and kept up a constant chatter in Turkish, as none of them can speak English. All in all I think Sofular is a good value for money option.
Written May 10, 2014
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Melinda M
Madrid, Spain88 contributions
Off the beaten bath
Apr 2014 • Friends
We wanted to have a hamam experience in a smaller setting away from the tourist crowds, so we looked for Sofular. It's out of the touristy area for sure, but it made the experience that much more interesting. We found the women's entrance and were greeted by attendants who were very friendly despite not speaking the same language as us. We paid 50tl for the whole experience which lasted a couple hours for three of us. We were treated very well, and gently. :) It was our first time at a Turkish bath, so I can't compare with other hamams, but we were pleased. We left feeling very clean and relaxed. Just the experience itself was worth it!
Written April 29, 2014
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adeleunn
1 contribution
Very nice local hamam
Aug 2013
Went here with a friend and had a very good experience - the staff were friendly and helpful as we have never tried this before. There were no other tourists but a few locals, who seemed to be regular visitors of the hamam. All in all we felt very good taken care of and would definitely come back of we are ever back in Istanbul.
Written August 1, 2013
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Maaksim
Toulouse, France2 contributions
Nice but painful experience
May 2013 • Friends
I went to the men part of this hammam (may 2013) which is pretty easy to find.

I was charged 48 TL + 3 that I gave to the masseur which, though he did not speak english nor french, managed to ask me a tip...

I had 20min relaxation in the hot room (lie down on the warm marble) + 5min with exfoliating glove (very painful sometimes) + 15min massage (also very painful sometimes... the masseur is a tough guy !) + 10 minutes wahing.

Globally I found this a nice experience, I felt relax and very clean at the end. It was my first experience so I cannot judge but I think it could be more soft, it could last a little longer and it would be better if the masseur does not ask for a tip...
Written May 12, 2013
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