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Name of Hamam: Karacabey Turkish Bath
Date Built: 1440
Traditional style: Yes
Date of Visit: October 10 2018
Location: The Hamamönü Neighborhood of Ankara
Price (in Lira): 30/7.5/7.5 (hamam entry/scrub/massage)
Tip Expected: Yes
Drinks: Yes Free: No
There is a section for both Men and Women.
Reviewed for: Men
Final Score: 48/50 (96%)
Karacabey Turkish Bath is phenomenal. A list of Turkey’s top 10 was published a number of years ago and this hamam scored 5th overall. To put it in perspective the number one Turkish Bath cost 215TL while Karacabey cost 25 (at the time). In other words, Karacabey perfectly combines prices aimed at locals with fantastic service.
Karacabey is the oldest active Turkish Bath in the city and the architecture is quite beautiful. All the major amenities are there and the common room is actually designed to be used by everyone for socializing while cooling down after the bath.
If you only go to one Turkish Bath we would highly recommend it be this one! Also, if you visit Karacabey make sure to try their special Ayran mixed with soda water and lemon juice. It’s an odd taste but if you can get yourself beyond the weirdness it is actually pretty good and a great way to rehydrate after all the sweating.
Length of stay: 5
Note: length of stay was fine. We weren’t rushed in the least and after the scrub/massage we still had plenty of time to stay in the hamam
Change room: 5
Note: Change rooms were large with good locks and lots of privacy.
Common room: 4.5
Note: The common room is somewhat plain but has been kept in an attractive classic style. The fact that it’s got a wood fireplace is definitely a plus and the sitting space around the central fountain is great.
Hamam Features: 4.5
Note: The only thing missing from this Turkish Bath is a good dry sauna. The steam room is great though. Also the fact that much of the hamam is divided into individual rooms is a massive plus. There’s also a tıraşlık, a small closed in section for shaving which is not overly common.
Hamam esthetics: 4.5
Note: Beautiful domed ceilings, all well maintained in a close-to-original style.
Note: Quite clean. There was a little bit of mildew showing on the ceiling but only a little as they repaint it regularly.
Note: Excellent. The steam room was actually kind of intense.
Note: No bad smells to speak of.
Quality of Scrub/Massage: 5
Note: Excellent. Thorough, firm, but never torture.
Note: Very friendly, some spoke a bit of English as well.
Never been to a Turkish Bath? Check out the History of Turkish Baths here or for our guide explaining just what goes on at a Turkish Bath here!
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