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Review of Suleymaniye Hamami

Suleymaniye Hamami
Ranked #5 of 221 Spas & Wellness in Istanbul
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Suleymaniye Hamam is a traditional Turkish bath that continues to operate today. The building, commissioned by Sultan Suleyman and designed by the Turkish architect Mimar Sinan, was built in 1557. It features dramatic archways and domes and is decorated with elaborate marble inlay. It is the only hamam in Istanbul where men and women bathe together. 40 Euro per person.The entire hamam experience will last between 60-90 minutes.
Reviewed June 20, 2014

We went there to have a massage, it was great! i recomend you to do this! You can bring your own bathing suit, first you go inside of the Hammam and lay in the marble "beds" that are really hot! but your body get used to it and it feels good, you stay there for about half and hour and the your "massageur" comes and they take you to a "corner" room and the "ritual" begins!
This building is so antique, inside on the hammam is very pretty! I recomend you to read about this building before you go, so you will understand more and appreciate the experience. GO!

Thank ValeriaGLinCH
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Reviewed June 17, 2014

Traveling as a couple, we were keen to experience a Turkish bath, but wanted to be able to go together - so Suleymaniye Hamam was our first choice when looking through the guide books, and we absolutely loved it. The staff are very friendly and welcoming, and explained everything clearly. We found the price for the experience reasonable, and the facilities / surrounds were comfortable. The website is up-to-date and informative and matches the experience once you arrive.

We were a little apprehensive about the rubbing and massage, as we had heard that it could be quite painful and brief, but it was lovely! The staff really make you feel comfortable, and although it is a vigorous treatment, we both thoroughly enjoyed it - and was probably just what our bodies needed after the traveling and walking through Istanbul in summer.

We went at midday, when I suspect the baths are slightly less busy, and this certainly enhanced our experience.
We hope to return here towards the end of our trip!

1  Thank JessoHeaney
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Reviewed June 3, 2014

We came here after a dismal experience the day prior, hoping to find them on here to give them my review. The Hamam is extrememly old and very clean. I saw another person note that you lay on the same marble slab as everyone else, yes, you do, but it is marble does not absorb water/sweat. The "massage" is more akin to a beating you'd receive from an angry spouse, but the facility and the experince is well worth it.

2  Thank Chris R
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Reviewed May 31, 2014

Pales in comparison to a very good bath house like Baden Baden in Germany. Not very hygienic as you lie on a marble slab and sweat all over the same slab everyone else just sweated on. Dissapointing.

1  Thank A B
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Reviewed May 30, 2014

We chose this hamam because it was for couples (they don't allow singles). It is located pretty close to the Grand Bazaar. The hamam is very clean and the staff are friendly. They start off by leading couples to a small room to change. Men wrap a towel around their waist and women wear bikinis. It is recommended that women bring their own bikini. Once changed, the door to the small room is locked and you keep the key. It seems pretty safe for personal belongings. They give you sandals to wear.

The main room is made of marble slabs. There is a big table type slab in the middle. There are a couple of sinks around the room for cooling. They give you approximately 40 minutes to relax in the sauna temperatures. It gets very warm and it is necessary to splash yourself with a lot of cold water. Once the 40 minutes is over, you will be ready for the bath. We each had a man "bathing us." They had us sit down for the exfoliating scrub. They wear an abrasive mitt that scrubs the dead skin off. I thought it felt great. The men constantly dump cold water on themselves to stay cool in the hot temperatures. Next they have you lay down on the marble table. They massage you and wash you at the same time. The have a piece of cloth that they fill with soap and water that creates crazy soap suds. When they are done washing and massaging they randomly slap the body part. It doesn't hurt, just a little startling. We thought it was a signal to the other guy to tell them their pace.

After washed, you are taken to a room where you change in to dry towels. The man then wraps you up in more dry towels. The whole time "private" parts are covered. You then sit in a waiting area out of the heat. They serve you drinks if you'd like (for an additional charge).

We thought the whole experience was amazing. It was one of our favorite activities in Istanbul.

10  Thank rugbyco
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