Our hotel concierge recommended Galatasaray Hamami since the spa at the hotel was completely booked and we wanted to experience an authentic Turkish hammam before our flight. When we got to the Hamami, we were asked to pay upfront for the service we wanted. I was quite surprised since I would think its a norm to pay after your have experienced the bath. Not thinking too much at the time, we paid (ensure you carry TL since they use a bad exchange rate if paid in Euros or dollars) and waited to be led to the women's section.
While waiting we were trilled to find out about the history of the place and that it was built in the 14th century by the Sultan at the time. This would turn out to be the only time we would end up being trilled through the experience.
The interior of the hamami is itself beautiful with marble floors and slabs. The scrubbing and the soap massage lasted all of 10 - 12 mins together when we were promised that the service involved 15 mins of soap massage and 15 mins of scrub massage. We didn't realize when they had finished with us. We kept waiting for them to comeback for a soap massage but they said it would cost us additional. There was no cooling room for us to relax in. The women who attended to us started washing their clothes in the same place as they had bathe us.
We left with a feeling of being unclean. Had to get back to the hotel and take a shower to just feel cleansed. The worst part of it all was they really got agressive with us with tips. The standard 10% was not good enough according to them.
I would definitely not recommend anyone to go to this place!
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