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Are you looking for the full-on traditional experience that you can get in the real baths, or the more spa-like experience that some hotels offer?

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The Aya Sofya hamam is fabulous turkish bathexperience and centrally and conveniently located in between the blue mosque and Hagia Sophia. It has excellent reviews on trio advisor . The extravagant pleasures was 115 euros plus tip but there are more basic packages.

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Are you looking for the full-on traditional experience that you can get in the real baths, or the more spa-like experience that some hotels offer?

 

Thanks Cruisemom42......we are looking for a genuine Turkish Bath experience if you have a recommendation.

 

 

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Thanks Cruisemom42......we are looking for a genuine Turkish Bath experience if you have a recommendation.

 

 

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I also wanted a traditional experience. I had researched this and narrowed it down to two that both seemed to be good choices. (There is a third option, Suleymaniye Hamam, which is is another old and beautiful facility, but it is coed, so I ruled it out for me. It is next to the recently restored mosque of Suleyman the Magnificent.)

 

The first one is called Cemberlitas Hamam, a beautiful hamam built by the famous architect who also is responsible for some of the loveliest mosques in Turkey, Sinan. It is near the Cemberlitas tram stop.

 

Here is a description of the typical bath experience at Cemberlitas (which is more or less translatable to all traditional hamami):

 

http://www.wittistanbul.com/magazine/what-to-expect-when-visiting-a-turkish-bath-or-hamam/

 

And here is a link to the Cemberlitas website for more info:

 

http://www.cemberlitashamami.com/

 

 

 

The other option for me was the Cagaloglu Hamam, built in the 18th century.

 

http://cagalogluhamami.com.tr/

 

From everything I read, the Cemberlitas Hamam was more beautiful architecturally, but the area for women was not as favorable as for men. The Cagaloglu Hamam, while not as old or palatial, had somewhat better section for women. (Women and men have separate areas in both baths).

 

I decided to leave it until I got to Istanbul to decide which one to visit, depending on location, timing, etc. Both are in the Sultanahmet area. I ended up going to Cemberlitas, because I couldn't pass up a chance to see the beautiful -- and older -- interior.

 

Be warned -- it is definitely an experience and parts of it are almost painful. If you don't want to be pummelled too much, let them know. But it does feel good when you are all done. I'd recommend having the experience at the end of a day so you can just relax afterwards.

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Thanks so much for your comprehensive reply........may see you there!

 

 

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hello,

 

check the wikitravel article which I wrote on Turkish Baths:

 

http://wikitravel.org/en/Hamams_of_Istanbul

 

I would advise Mihtimah Sultan Hamamı for mid-week its near Chora Church, cheaper than other touristic hamams and a very nice service.

 

Çemberlitaş Bath I wouldn't advise since its too crowded at most times.

 

Ayasoyfa Hürrem Sultan Hamamı is too expensive for my taste but then again they have golden faucets.

 

Cağaloğlu Hamamı has a nice architecture inside as well, but it might be too crowded on the weekends.

 

If you want to local experience head for Sofular Hamamı. It's near Aksaray stop on the tram line it might not be easy to find without a map.

http://www.whereist.com/sofular-hamami/

afterwards, if its not too late (earlier than 9pm) you can walk to the left handside of the Valens Aqueduct to taste: Büryan Kebab+ Perde Pilav (rice) + Ayran. http://www.whereist.com/buryan-kebap/

 

 

Ağa Hamamı is one of the few unisex hamams in Istanbul, the other one is Süleymaniye Hamam but thats usually overbooked with hotels sending clients.

 

Also worth noting that hamams are hygenically very clean.

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I second the recommendation for Cemberlitas Hamam -- it's easy to find, just outside the grand bazaar on a large square.

 

My mom, sister and I had a hoot there last summer -- definately a once in a lifetime experience. You'll see tourists (from all over the world) as well as locals alike. Nice touches, too, such as including your towel and underwear (you keep those) in the price. Not to be missed.

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