I visited the Russian and Turkish baths in East Village New York and came away disappointed.
I may be spoiled by some fantastic experiences of Hamams in Turkey and spa/sauna complexes in Berlin. It does have the 'clinical' decor of pipes and hoses and tiles and the Russian steam room is the highlight, but I recommend that before you part with close to $100 for the visit and a treatment you ask to see inside.
- When I arrived there was no direction. I muddled my way through and asked other clients.
- The acrylic robe felt awful and was very heavy. (I prefered the soft light cotton of the hamam or a waffle robe.)
- the place smelled of sweat and felt dirty
- the place was very cramped and small
- there was nowhere to recline. People perched on the side of the ice bath in a sort of corridor to the saunas.
-the 'massage' was mediocre and the masseur asked what your tip would be at the end of the massage. People were talking about booking one person for the massage but having another person take over, (so if you have a preference insist on that person doing the massage.)
- there was nowhere to keep towels and robe dry.
- the hoses were broken in the massage cubicle I was in and there was also a shortage of towels when I was there. After the massage I was left on cold wet towels.
It was not, as I had imagined, a place to while away a few hours moving between saunas and recliners and refreshments. I only experienced the saunas and the relaxing massage so the other treatments might be better.
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