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Sofular Hamami

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Address: Sofular Cad. No:28 Iskender Pasa Mh. | Aksaray, Fatih, Istanbul, Turkey
Phone Number: +90 212 521 3759
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Unique experience and friendly atteendants

This was our first experience with a Turkish Bath, so don't have anything to compare it against. My daughter, husband, and I went there last week, the 22nd of August, 2015. I... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 28 August 2015
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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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Montreal, Canada
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2016

Although it is similar to other hammams in Istanbul, thoshamma should be renovated. The cabins are dirty, smelly and too old. They raised their prices, from 20Lt to 30 Lt for a simple hamam, and although they have it well annouced that a kasa is 10Lt, they charge 13Lt. Let us agree that 3 Lt are nothing, but it should... More 

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 August 2015

This was our first experience with a Turkish Bath, so don't have anything to compare it against. My daughter, husband, and I went there last week, the 22nd of August, 2015. I believe the cost was modest for this service at 55 Turkish Lira each. Since the attendants did not speak English, we were uncertain as to whether it included... More 

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Windsor, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 February 2015

This hammam was very good orginallt from what I hear. Then tourists started discovering this local hammam as the price for complete service was about 50tLiras. But sadly theyve too jumped on the tourist scamming band wagon. 50 liras is suppose to include everything including tips. But once u paid up. You will find masseurs hassling you for tips before... More 

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Stellenbosch, South Africa
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 May 2014 via mobile

We paid 50 TL for use of the hamam including a scrub, soap massage and having our hair washed; making it my cheapest hamam experience in Istanbul. Sofular is not as beautiful as hamams like Çemberlitas and instead of sharing the room with other tourists, you get to share it with locals. The ladies were very friendly and kept up... More 

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Madrid, Spain
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 April 2014

We wanted to have a hamam experience in a smaller setting away from the tourist crowds, so we looked for Sofular. It's out of the touristy area for sure, but it made the experience that much more interesting. We found the women's entrance and were greeted by attendants who were very friendly despite not speaking the same language as us.... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 August 2013

Went here with a friend and had a very good experience - the staff were friendly and helpful as we have never tried this before. There were no other tourists but a few locals, who seemed to be regular visitors of the hamam. All in all we felt very good taken care of and would definitely come back of we... More 

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Toulouse, France
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 May 2013

I went to the men part of this hammam (may 2013) which is pretty easy to find. I was charged 48 TL + 3 that I gave to the masseur which, though he did not speak english nor french, managed to ask me a tip... I had 20min relaxation in the hot room (lie down on the warm marble) +... More 

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Moscow, Russia
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 May 2013

Pluses: historical, local hamam - no tourists and in the evening even no locals. Minuses: the prices claimed were 25TL (hamam) + 10TL (peeling) + 5TL (massage) = 45TL. But they charged us 50TL, having not explained what 5TL were for. No one speaks English, that's why it is hardly possible even to ask them questions. Both peeling and massage... More 

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İstanbul
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 October 2012

We were three friends in Sofular Hammam last week and spent appr. 2 hours. Some of the taps were hardly operating. I was not happy with careless masseur and the rubber and price is high comparing to other historical hammams in Istanbul. 25 TL entrance, 10 TL massage and 10 TL rubbing. There is a parking place near to the... More 

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Fener & Balat
This sleepy and rather socially conservative area of Istanbul hosts a small but thriving Jewish community, the patriarchate of the Eastern Orthodox Church, and some of the most beautiful churches and Christian art in the world. Much of what’s most interesting to witness in Fener and Balat sits between the surviving ancient city walls of Constantinople and the serene shores of the Golden Horn. Despite the many splendid sights, historic attractions, stunning vistas, and warm Turkish welcome, the area remains largely unperturbed by the tourist trade that characterizes the atmosphere in nearby Sultanahmet and around the Grand Bazaar. Travelers that like to explore off the beaten track will reap big rewards for making the effort to visit this low-key part of town.
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