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November 02 2015 "Three of us went to
Cihangir Sauna late on a Monday afternoon just a few
weeks ago. There is no hamam service (scrub, etc.)
or steam at all, only a dark room and Finnish dry
sauna, lots of cubicles, and a room with shower
stalls. The cubicle has a VERY narrow bench. Staff
leaves clients alone and seemed never to come back
into the dark hallways or rooms. If saunas had
ranking it would be 2-star for the facility and
maybe 4-star for activity. Surprisingly busy with 20
or more men, nearly all middle-age or older"
February 13 2015 "Cihangir Sauna - TL 35 for
a room to do whatever you want, TL 30 for a locker.
The place looks under reconstruction and is not a
Turkish hamam per se, is more a western sauna. When
I was there some builders were demolishing a wall in
the reception. I assume that inside also some
reforms are going on, a few areas were closed. Only
the sauna, showers, bar, rooms, relaxing room (dark)
and a few additional rooms to smoke and massages are
in use. Turkish and tourist alike, of different
ages. The environment is very open and you feel
that everybody is there for only one reason so not
much to hide or to be discrete about. The place is
not very clean but the staff is nice"
Aug 14 2014 "Chiangir Sauna has some of the
facilities of a traditional hamam (limited) but
seems much more like a western-style sexclub sauna.
There are several halls of baths-style cubicles and
a relax room (with beds). When we were there, the
relax room and dry sauna were very busy. While there
was lots of to-completion play on the beds there,
the relax room was often the place to get things
started before moving to one of the cubicles. The
clientele was very local, very Turkish, and I'd
venture that very few (if any) of the Turkish men
present self-identify as gay. But they're happy
enough that visiting tourists do and (this may be a
generalization and un-PC but it was my experience)
expect to be serviced. I was skeptical when I read a
review pre-visit that suggested"
June 26 2013 - "I paid 30 TL and that
included entrance and locker. There are private
rooms available instead of locker but they cost
extra. No idea how much. Next to reception there are
a lot of small lockers. You are advised to put
valuables in these, wallet etc,, and keep the key
with you. These small lockers are under the watchful
eye of the staff. I have never seen "Boys" in here.
Doesn't mean they don't exist. I have never been
hassled or pressured by anyone. I like it here
because it is very friendly and relaxed. There are
showers, Sauna, Rest (dark) room, etc. You can
buy drinks, water etc and watch TV in an open area.
I would recommend the Cihangir to anyone. I am a bit
on the shy side myself and I felt very relaxed."
Oct 27 2012 - "Hi to all Istanbul visitors
and Hamami fans! I was in Istambul last week, tryed
Cihangir Sauna (Hamami). My impression: Absolutly
dirty, rum down place. Very humid in all the rooms
(like changing room, entrance,...). There is not
even a Hamami, like you would expect. A nice marble
dome,...They only have a dry sauna, altough this one
is quiet new and large. But as I said - very filthy,
smelly unfriendly place! I left after beeing there
for like 15min."