We stayed in Goreme for 4 nights and went to the Hamam, or Turkish Bath, twice! At the outset, I should say that the men and women are segregated by floor. You pay at the desk when you walk in. They accept Turkish Lira, US Dollars, or Euro...no credit cards. You are given a pair of boxer shorts (at least the men are) and a scrubbing mitt and are escorted to a locker room where you undress and put on the shorts. Your key is on a rubber bracelet on your wrist. First stop is the sauna and you sit for 10 or 15 minutes until someone comes and gets you and shows you to a marble slab with a rubberized mat on it. After surrendering your mitt, you sit down and get dowsed with bowlfuls of water to wash away the sweat. Then you like on your back and marvel how this fellow takes a cotton sack and somehow inflates the sack and creates a million soap bubbles. He then starts at your feet and works his way up to your head and cleans every part of your body, but not where the sun doesn't shine. He rinses you off and then rolls you over and does the same to the front. More rinsing and then a dunk in the cool whirlpool. After that, you can, if you wish, get a massage. When the massage is over, you are offered tea or a cool drink and spend a few minutes in a relaxation room with chaise lounges and a TV.
Tipping is customary and there are lock boxes near the exit with the names and photos of the staff. You can, if you wish, put a gratuity in any of the boxes for the people that served you. $5 is ok, but $10 is better and really well worth it. You end up leaving feeling clean as a whistle. Don't forget to bring fresh clothes to change into.
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