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“A must-do, but be careful choosing”
Review of Turkish Haman

Turkish Haman
Ranked #19 of 133 Spas & Wellness in Istanbul
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Sofia, Bulgaria
Level 6 Contributor
177 reviews
127 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 152 helpful votes
“A must-do, but be careful choosing”
Reviewed 6 May 2012

You cannot come to Turkey without visiting a hamam. Take care though, some of them are way overpriced for what they offer. Take a massage as well, but beware masseurs are quite strong. 40 TL for entrance + massage should be the maximum that you would pay.

Visited May 2012
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Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
72 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
“Relax!”
Reviewed 8 April 2012

You must visit a hammam if you come to Turkey. But the experience can be very variable. At its' best it is a wonderful. relaxing journey which an expert takes you on. You are soaped, scrubbed, left to soak and sweat, and manipulated to suit. At worst you have someone who has done a quick 'How to Hammam a Tourist' course and is counting the strokes. However, have one, or one every couple of days if you find a good one. Tourist hotel Hammams can be very good but are often a lot more expensive. Do a few; always ask how much each service is so they know that you cannot be given an inflated bill at the end and cannot argue. Write up your recommendations here!!

Visited March 2012
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Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Level 4 Contributor
43 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
“Rain in Istanbul, try a Turkish Haman”
Reviewed 20 October 2011

A visit to Gedikpasa Hamani, a historical Turkish bath since 1475 is a wonderful way to spend some relaxing time in Istanbul. Rain and cold weather made outdoor sightseeing a challenge, so I booked into the haman, and was not disappointed. I had transportation to and from my hotel provided in the price. The services were very professional and the staff helpful. I can only compare it to the Gelert baths in Budapest, which were less professional, and the massage very light. I would say try the Turkish Haman for a real massage and a sense I had a refreshing experience. They also offer a honey massage which I would love to try!

Visited October 2011
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Boston, Massachusetts
Level 6 Contributor
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“best massage ever”
Reviewed 3 June 2011

This Haman is in the basement of the Sultanhan hotel. It is run by a Mustafa & Fatma (husband & wife). My wife & I had our time together. You go into a sauna for 10 minutes & then the steam room. Mustafa comes in & scrubs you w/ a rough cloth. My wife was at first taken aback but Fatma said "it's just my husband". If a woman is squemous about a man scrubbing her, then this is not the place for you. He then washes your hair & rinses you off. After you dry, Fatma then gives the best massage I have ever had but it is only 30-40 minutes. You then go back to the sauna for 10 minutes & shower & dress. The place is quiet & very clean. The cost was 80 euros for about 1 3/4 hrs.

Visited May 2011
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