This is the most pleasant of all Istanbul's hamams. You can stretch out flat on the huge round navel stone, and dreamily gaze ... More
This is the most pleasant of all Istanbul's hamams. You can stretch out flat on the huge round navel stone, and dreamily gaze at the diffractions of shafts of daylight through the steam. The sounds of splashing water and muffled chatter echo around the dome and throughout the hamam. Mimar Sinan built the baths in 1584—they were commissioned by Nurbanu, wife of Sultan Selim the Grim and they have been in continuous service to the public ever since. There are separate sections for men and women. If you've never set foot in a Turkish bath before, this is the perfect place to learn the ropes.
I had been to 4 hamams during my stay in Turkey. Chamberlitas was my 2nd experience.
Pros: the architecture is beautiful and they have oil massage (too short though), Indian head massage and reflexology.
Cons: there was no clear instruction on what to do, the scrub therapists were very rough and they treat guests like cows, it was crowded. During the scrub treatment on the platform in the centre, someone feet touched my head. The steam wasn't hot. Actually no hamam I went to was perfect.
Architecturally speaking, this bath was one of the finest I experienced as I traveled across Turkey. However, what it had in beauty it lacked in comfort. The treatment was rough, fast and not fluid or relaxing. This was a common experience in Istanbul baths versus the samller towns and villages in more remote locations where the treatment was still intense but relaxing and theraputic. Also, this treasure was very cold. The slab in the middle which is supposed to emit heat and create steam was as cold as, well, marble. I found myself shivering and needing to get out well before I wanted. One should spend at least an hour in a bath- I was in and out of this one in 25 minutes.
Do rent a small changing room upstairs. It's a nice way to dress and undress and it keeps your belongings safe (you have a key and a private door).
The place is beautiful but women get very harsh treatment. The 15 min wash, scrub and mini massage is not worth of the high price (45 ytl). The staff in the actual bathing section are unfriendly and my neck was jammed after the treatment. There's also lack of information how to dress etc. The brochyres of the place give a very different image of the atmosphere and service.
Yerebatan Sarayı translates as "Sunken Palace." It's Istanbul's largest underground cistern a remnant of the Romans and the only one
renovated and opened for public viewing. Today Yerebatan Sarayı is a major tourist attraction and offers a cool respite ...