Fodor's Expert Review Cağaloğlu Hamamı
Housed in a magnificent building dating to 1741, the Cağaloğlu Hamamı has long been considered one of the best in Istanbul. Florence Nightingale and Kaiser Wilhelm II once steamed here, and the clientele has remained generally upscale. Prices are on the high side, starting at about €30 (about 105 TL) for a self-service visit; if you want both a scrub and a massage from an attendant, it'll cost you about €50 (about 175 TL). Unfortunately, in recent years the Cağaloğlu has become fairly overrun by tourists and service has gone downhill; guests complain of quick, perfunctory massages by attendants and persistent demands for tips. If you want to experience this famous hammam, consider going the self-service route, so you can relax at your own pace.