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“Probably the best Hamam in Sultanahmet”

Ayasofya Hurrem Sultan Hamami
Ranked #2 of 221 Spas & Wellness in Istanbul
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: The Historical and Luxurious Art of BathingHistorical and Architectural Features“I hope that until the end of days, good hearted friends who take a look at what I have made, when they will perceive the seriousness and the spirit of my effort, can have a fair view and can invoke my name to pray for me.” Mimar Sinan, ArchitectThe Ayasofya Hurrem Sultan Hamam in Istanbul was designed and built by Mimar Sinan, the chief Ottoman architect. It was built at the request of Hurrem Sultan (Roxelana), the wife of Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent in the 16th century. It was built where the ancient public baths of Zeuxippus 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.
Reviewed June 30, 2013

I had previously travelled to Istanbul and used a number of Hamams but the Ayasofya Hurrem Sultan Hamam is, to my mind, the best hamam in Sultanahmet.

Typically, I look for cleanliness, convenience of location, variety in treatments offered and price. This hamam delivers (and delivers well) on all except for maybe on price - it is the most expensive hamam I've been to...

Men and women are completely separate, so if you're looking to do a couples treatment this is not the place for you. Also, men who may feel awkward/uncomfortable about being bathed, scrubbed and massaged by another man should also avoid this hamam (and most others in Sultahmet !!!)

I recommend the Zevk-i Sefa (Extravagant Pleasure) package as the best value for money. The best time to book for a treatment would be the early morning sessions (between 9:00AM and 10:30AM) as the hamam is not very busy during this time and you could end up being the only customer there which makes the experience much more enjoyable and means you get extra attention.

If you're concerned on what to wear and whether or not to take your mobile phone, wallet, watch etc with you then this may come in handy:
If you're comfortable with being fully nude than you don't need to take any additional clothing with you as you'll be asked to strip down and store your clothes in a secure coded locker (your phone, wallet, watch, bag etc can be stored in the locker as well and you set your own personal code on the locker - similar to a hotel safe). You'll be given cotton towels to cover yourself when walking to different parts of the hamam.
If you're not comfortable with being fully nude then simply take along a bathing suit and an empty plastic bag to stick the bathing suit in when you're done. Remember, the suit is going to get soaking wet and depending on which package you go for, it could also end up being caked in mud and bubbles so I would recommend against taking your most expensive one.

The Zevk-i Sefa (Extravagant Pleasure) experience is as follows:
- You check in at reception where you pay for your experience (cash or card) and will then be escorted by your "tellak" (bather) to the locker area. You will be allocated a secure locker to store your clothes and valuables in as mentioned above.
- You are then taken in to what is a stunning and opulent hamam where you spend roughly 15 minutes sweating in the heat of the hamam. Here you must bath and splash yourself with very hot and then very cold water.
- After this, your tellak leads you to a different part of the hamam where you are washed off and scrubbed head to toe in rough salt.
- The salt is then washed off your body and this is followed by you being coated in mud. Your tellak will go off to bring you a glass of icy cold "sherbet" (sweet turkish drink) and water to sip on while the mud settles.
- The mud is then washed off and you are bathed and splashed with first hot then cold water.
- You are then made to lay down on a warm slate of marble in the hamam where you are once again bathed from head to toe in bubbles.
- Following this, the bubbles and soap are washed off you and for the last time you are bathed and splashed with first hot then cold water. (At this point you're feeling very refreshed !!!).
- You are then dried off and led out of the hamam back to the inner (covered) courtyard adjacent to the reception area where you are asked to lay down on a deck chair and relax with another glass of sherbet. (the only bit I don't like about is all you have covering you is a towel and it can be a bit distracting with people moving around in the reception area).
- After this period of relaxation, you are led to the massage area on either the first, second or third floors of the inner courtyard and you receive a full body massage.
- Once done, you head back to the locker room and change back into your clothing feeling utterly relaxed. (PS. Don't forget to tip your tellak - TL20 is sufficient).

It is a very nice experience in an excellent location and I highly recommend the experience. The Zevk-i Sefa (Extravagant Pleasure) package outlined above cost €115.00 (excluding the tip) which is very costly by Istanbul standards and there are loads cheaper hamams that offer a very good service but non that come close to this one. It is well and truly worth the cost.

28  Thank Shoaib_Laher
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Reviewed June 22, 2013

I wrote a long review and the system just rejects it. No foul language in what I wrote and yet it was not possible to submit the review. It is frustrating.

1  Thank Jenstockholm
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Reviewed June 11, 2013

The bath was built at the the request of Hurrem Sultan, the wife of the Sultan Sultanamyet in the 16th century. it's been beautifully restored- it's where the locals go for a hamam treatment, i'm told, even though i did not see any locals. the treatment took me back, to how it must have felt a few hundred years ago, when the Hamam was a social node for many women. chatty and intimate, whilst doing your body a favour.

Thank Andrea R
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Reviewed June 2, 2013

Was looking for a reputable, good hamam experience in Turkey for my wife and I.
Biggest concern after reading reviews was making sure my wife would feel comfortable in an environment that is predominately male.

Ayasofya hamam seemed hit all points on my criteria list: clean, women masseuses, separate rooms, turkish (a.k.a. - not high-end spa).

It's a bit pricey: for a 50 min wash, soap and oil massage for both of us was $230 american. But the service is great, amenities very clean, building restored and beautiful.

I'd recommend, especially if your significant other is a woman.

Thank g k
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Reviewed May 31, 2013

I wanted to give my parents a treat at the end of our Turkey holiday, so made reservations for the whole family on our last day. While it is much pricier than many other Hamams, I chose this Hamam based on the positive reviews on TA as well as the complete privacy between ladies and gentlemen (parents are rather conservative, wanted them to be comfortable about the whole thing). And I must say it is money well spent. My mum and I were treated like queens by the helpful staff and they ensured at all times that we were comfortable. I was attended by Atena and she was very good at the massage that was part of the package. My dad was attended by Umar and like some commented on TA, provided a very good massage. Place is really clean and every customer is personally attended to.

Thank Rafidah A
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