Sultan Mahmut I had this hamam built in 1714 (an area of 2834 sq.mt ) and it has separate sections for men and women.It is open everyday.hours for men are 07:00 - 22:00 and for women 08:00 - 20:00 hours. Discount is applied to groups of at least 10 people....
Prof. Kazim Ismail Gürkan Caddesi 34, Cagaloglu (Across from the Iranian Consulate)
Tel: 0212 522 24 24
Famous Architect Sinan, built Çemberlitas Hamam in 1584 was very popular among the Sultans and the sections for men and women are separated.Tea, coffee and soft drinks service are available. Discounts are applied to students and groups.
Vezirhan Caddesi 8, Çemberlitas
Tel: (212) 520 18 50
Galatasaray Hamami first built in 1481 by Sultan Bayezid II . There are separate sections for men and women. Tea, coffee and soft drinks services are available. The hamam can be rented for the day for the groups more than twenty. hours for women are 08:00-22:00 and for men 06:00-22:00. Turnacibasi Sokak 24, Galatasaray.
Tel: (212) 252 42 42
Süleymaniye Hamami is among the works of famous architect Sinan. It is recently restored and there are rumors that the well of the hamam heals hepatitis A. This hamam is among the rare ones where men and women have bath together. It is worth to visit even to see the magnificence.
0212 520 34 10 / 11
This is a 16th century hamam with two-story dressing cabins and an elegant pool with fountain. There are separate sections for men and women. Tea, coffee and soft drink services are available.
Fatih,(212) 521 37 59
Üsküdar Çinili Hamam
This 15th century hamam is the oldest one in Üsküdar and therefore called "Eski Hamam" (Old hamam). The real name is sifa Hamami (cure hamam). There are separate sections for men and women and tea, coffee and soft drinks are available.
Üsküdar, 216) 333 27 87.Tel: (0216) 333 27 87
Cemberlitas Hammam is a historic hamam built in 1584 by Sinan. It has a lovely marble interior and is seperated with a men's and women's side. Tourists will be at ease here as its history draws quite a few eager visitors.
Here is a description of what will occur if you choose to pay a visit.
You will be handed a towel and a locker key and instructed to go into a changing room. There you will completely disrobe and make your way through the door where there is a huge heated stone. I'm sure in your modesty you will have the towel wrapped around yourself, but don't be surprised when one of the bare chested women take your towel from you and lay it out on the huge, round marble heated stone. Enjoy 20 minutes or so of relaxing on this sauna like stone and your skin will be ready for treatment.
Your masseuse will come to you and srub you down removing all the dead skin with a coarse mitt that she wears. You will definitely be surprised at how much she manages to scrape off of you. Next she will proceed to drench you with buckets of water.
She will then give you a nice massage (don't worry they are not overly rough as some have claimed).
Oh and the fun is just beginning. Next she will bring what looks like a pillow case and a small sudsy bowl of water and will dip the case in it and then shake it to trap it full of air. As she squeezes downward you will be covered in suds. She will proceed to scrub you clean and afterwards will wash your hair as well.
When all of this is done you are welcome to lie on the stone for as long as you would like, before drying off and redressing.
The whole experience is out of this world and is an absolute must for anyone that has the opportunity.
Obviously pictures are not permitted here, but there are wonderful and free postcards for guests to take home.
This Hamam (Turkish bath) was an amazing experience! I really had no idea what to expect and was a bit unsure about what to wear or if they wear anything at all! It turned out the most women (I was in the women only area - obviously!) go naked. This isn't the rule though and a bathing suit or underwear is fine if you don't mind them getting wet, the attendants (women who wash you) are generally naked too. It turns out the some of the female attendants were amazing singers and were being recorded the day I was there so it was a very special experience. Laying on the slap of hot marbel, naked with a room full of women, looking up at the light shining through tiny windows in the high dome ceiling you felt like you were being carried away by the angelic voices echoing beautiful through the marbel and stone cavern. The only concerns was the shampoo they used, I recommend you take your own and you definately look like you've been to a hamam when you walking down the street you come out steamed red!), and gentlemen don't hesitate to mention your escapades which can be embarrasing if you are modest!!
The Cemberlitas Hamam is located on the Divanyolu near Cemberlitas (Hooped Column). It was built by Sultan Murat III's mother, Nurbanu Sultan in 1584 to provide a source of revenue for the Atik Valide Mosque complex in Uskudar and is the work of the famous architect Sinan. It was built as a double hamam with sections for both men and women, but during the reign of Sultan Abdulaziz (1841-1824) part of the women's section was destroyed to allow for the widening of the nearby road so it is smaller.
If you go to Turkey and fail to experience the delights of a hamam, I can only say that you're missing out on something very, very special.
I went to the 16th century Çemberlitas Hamam for my birthday, and it turned out to be one of the highlights of my trip. Sadly they were too busy for me to have the massage with oils, but for 20 Euros I had the use of the "hot area" for as long as I wanted, plus a 15 minute scrub by one of the attendants.
Men and women are segregated, so there are two separate areas. You are given a towel and slippers, and you undress in the locker room, wrap the towel around you, and move into the warm room which is transitional to the hot bath room. There are water dispensers here if you get thirsty from the heat.
The bath room itself is lovely, with a beautiful domed ceiling with many stars cut into it to allow the light in (see my photo of the changing room ceiling, but with many more stars!). It has 4 little semi-private bathing areas where you can go and sit next to a fountain and scoop up cool water in the bowls provided and pour it over yourself - wonderfully refreshing in the heat!
The hot stone is in the centre of the room, right under the 'roof lantern', and you spread your towel out and lie down to enjoy the heat beneath you. After a while of relaxing and sweating, if you have a token for a scrub, the attendant will call you over, take your token (and soap and scrubbing mitt) and proceed to give you a thorough wash, including taking you over to the basins of water and washing your hair. The lady who washed me found it most amusing when I got soap in my mouth and had to splutter it out!
All in all, it was possibly the most luxurious experience of my life, and I fully intend to go back and get the full works including massage with oils at some point! I'm told that men might be treated a bit more roughly with lots of back-cracking involved, but being female, I couldn't say!
As you leave, you can buy some olive oil soap, and one of the bath mitts that they use there - a lovely souvenir.
It's absolutely a must try when you visit Istanbul.
I went to this one with the name "Suleymaniye Hamam" and their services include: washing, peeling, soap massage, locked clothes changing cabin, towel (pestemal), slippers (takunya), and they offer two ways free shuttle service to your hotel (you must book through hotel reception).
This place is a mixed (male/female) hamam, so it's a good place for families to stay together.
The masseurs (tellaks) are trained and professional people.
I found this hamam a bit expencive, but the service was good and very interesting to see this old building inside.
History: The Sultan Suleyman had this Hamam built by the famous Architect Sinan in 1550.
The guy who directed me from the reception could even say something in Danish: "jeg elsker dig" (I love you) that he learned when he was in Copenhagen to watch Galatasaray play agains Liverpool ;)
Cemberlitas Hamam. One of the best experiences I had while traveling. It was great. I paid a bit extra for a half hour massage, that Jaymie didnt go for. I chose to do it because in Hungary in the Budapest Baths, I had regretted not doing it. It is cheaper than any massage in Canada and is all part of the experience. So we paid, got our tokens and went in. You have the option of going fully nude or not, as you feel comfortable. We chose to wear our bathing suit bottoms. In hindsight, I would not both with them next time, but them I am not terribly shy. Jaymie is a bit more self conscious than I. So anyway, you walk in with your towel (not a towel by Canadian standards, more a thick sheet), spread it out on the large marble slab in the middle of the room and just relax. The room is beautifully warm and cozy. Think sauna, only not that extreme. Eventually one of the bath attendants gets free and taps you on the shoulder. You move to the outside and they proceed to scrub you down like your hide is made of rock. A bit rough, but the purpose is to get all the dead skin off and get you clean. And lets just say I did not know I had that much dead ugly skin on me. Uck. After that then you get the nice wash with tons of suds and more a massage factor. Then you generally go back and lay on the marble slab for as long as you want. Well until they close anyway. But if you got the massage like me, you relax until they come get you and you get your massage and then you come back and relax some more. Very Awesome Experience. Worth every penny.
After four days of heat and hiking all over Istanbul in the middle of June, my back went out and I was limping along, unable to enjoy the cay, nargileh or the constant requests to buy a flying carpet. I took refuge in the Cemberlitas Hamam.
It costs 25.000.000 Lira for the works (at the time ? 15) but (you can bargain, if you try)
It may be considered touristy, but it was worth every lira and went back twice over the following 3 months.
The Cemberlitas bath was built in 1584 and is close to some of Istanbul's most important monuments. Based on a plan of the legendary Turkish architect Mimar Sinan, it's one of the most important works of 16th century Ottoman architecture.
The two-chambered bath has separate sections for men and women. When you leave your clothes in the lockers, you receive a bath towel ("pestemal") and shoes. Then you're ready to enter the hammam. First of all, you lie down on the heated marble platform in the center to sweat a little. If you asked for it, you can then have a massage with a "kese" to rub your skin and turkish olive oil soap. After enjoying your vigourous massage, you can stay as long as you want.
The Cemberlitas bath is open everyday from 6:00 am to 24:00 pm and costs about 25 million turkish liras but it worths it !
Zohara took off with our friend, her sister and mom to enjoy a "warm" welcome in this traditional Hammam. Zohara described her day at the bath and says that is is something any person would enjoy. Sorry I cannot show her photos from inside the bath, they are XX rated ^O^ Basically the idea is that you clean yourself, then enter the bath area, which is like an enormous sauna. There you bask in the warmth of the heated water or in some areas mineral waters, letting the body sweat out its poisons. After a time you are soaped and then washed down by the Hammam workers and washed with clear water again. Zohara says you come out feeling totally refreshed. All the girls enjoyed the Cemberlitas Hammam.
I went to Istanbul with my boyfriend, just the two of us. We wanted to go to a hamam very much, only we wanted to have the experience together (to be honest, I was a little worried about fainting due to the heat, and not having anyone to help me, plus it's nice to have someone to talk to during all that time). Thanks to my little travel book, we managed to find the one and only mixed (i.e. both for males and females) hamam in the city, the Suleymaniye Hamam. It is part of the Suleymaniye complex, which includes the Mosque, the Mausoleum, the public kitchens, etc. As most of the buildings of the complex, it was costructed by Sinan, the famous architect of the 16th century, in 1550. If you book through your hotel reception, they will provide free transportation from your hotel and back, which comes very handy when you have spent an hour in steam and then had the most incredible body masage you could dream of. There was no way we could walk and look for a taxi after such relaxation :-) The atmosphere in the hamam was..out of this world, with light coming in the main room from the tiny openings on the dome and the thick hot air filling your lugs. I almost did faint, but I moved to a cooler room, and waited until the masseurs (tellaks in turkish) came for us. It costs 30 euros per person, more than average, but it has more facilities (eg hair dryer and moisturiser), it includes the transportation, plus you get to be with your sweetheart! :-)
I was really nervous when I went there as I had never been to a hammam before. So I searched the net and tried to understand the 'customs'.
I went really early to avoid the crowd (and also to avoid embarrasement in case I was doing something really strange, hehehehehe)
First they asked me to 'cleanse' - which meant that I was sitting by the tap and kept pouring water on myself for 20 minutes or so. Then the woman masseuse came in and 'bathed' me - washing my whole body and was also doing exfoliation. Followed by a nice massage.
Then I relaxed a little bit in the steam room. Finally, enjoyed a cup of hot apple tea.
I felt great. And it also gave a nice start of the day. More energy to do a lot more walking and exploring. I would recommend anyone who is visiting Istanbul (or Turkey) to give a try.
The Hamam was founded by Sultan Mahmut I to profit an income to the Mosque of Ayasofya in 1741. It is on the Yerebatan caddesi the Yerebatan Street between Sultan Ahmet and Cagaloglu districts. The hamam have women and men parts. The women part open at O8.00 and closes at 20.00. On the other hand men's hamam is open till 22.00. The hamam have all Turkish facilities with a sauna, bar,restaurant and cafeteria.
The hamam was visited by many prominents: Florence Nightingale, Kaiser Wilhelm the II, Gianfranco Ferre, Omar Sheriff, Harrison Ford, Rudolf Nureyef, Cameron Diaz, Kate Moss
The New York Times announced the hamam as one of the 1000 places to visit. The Guardian said it is the best hamam in whole world.
Before entering for prayer, Muslims are required to wash essentially whatever parts of their bodies will touch the carpets inside. Ablutions are required three times over, but few Turks seldom carry the requirements to the letter. Unlike a few of the other sadirvans around the city which are for form's sake only, the sadirvan at Fatih Camii operates as designed.
This is a tourist friendly hammam that you should try when in Istanbul. Many americans and canadians come here. It is still very authentic and the architecture is very cool. After a day in the busy city of istanbul running between the wondrous tourist sites, a good turkish hammam experience is very advantageous since your killing two goals of hammam and relaxation.
First pay i think 20 euros (expensive, but this place is good). The atmosphere is very relaxing and spa like. The main dome room is euphoric created by the light rays shining through the holes in the roof. There is three other smaller domes branching off with cold water so you can pour on your body. this is very fun, and the stone is very smooth and precious.
First you will walk into the grand room, which has a massive marble circle piece where you slump your tired body onto. Somehow this stone slab has a deep warm quality; perhaps heated stone? The authentic Turkish man begins his work, of removing the old and rough layers of your skin; very thourough work he does. Now he beats you up real good, stepping on you, kneeing you, pulling your arms apart and cross each other, and ju-jitsu all over. lol Then he applies the sweet smelling soap all over you, finishing off with a layer of oil. This unique experience leaves you sqeeky clean like a newborn baby, and truly rejuvenated to take on the city again...
A Turkish bath is something unique and any visit to Istanbul without a stop there is not a complete visit. My recommendation is the Cagaloglu Hamami close to the Haghia Sophia. This Hamam has been voted over and over again as the best bathhouse in Istanbul and I bare witness to it.
Choose the Sultan Treat where you experience a massage, a full scrub, a hair wash and the enjoyment of the hamam. This particular hamam was given to the city of Istanbul in 1741 and during this long history King Edward, Kaiser Wilhelm, Florence Nightingale and many more were spoiled. This hamam has both a woman and man section.