Our listing includes five of the best historical hammams in Istanbul. Reservation is needed for some of them. Also listed are cooking classes and best addresses for yoga, spa treatment and indoor swimming. You can click on the name of each place to see its location and its proximity to our hotel on the map.
Hamam: Hürrem Sultan is the most beautiful Turkish hamam of the city, constructed by Mimar Sinan during the 16th century. The site was an Imperial Roman Bath during the Byzantine period. For reservation visit own website or call 0212-638-0035.
Hamam: Çemberlitaş is a historical Turkish bath offering seperate baths for men and women. It is constructed by Mimar Sinan in 1584. No reservation necessary.
Hamam: Cağaloğlu. Finished in 1741, it is the last big Ottoman hamam and offers seperate baths for men and women. It has a baroque fountain and a hot room inspired by the domed chamber of an imperial mosque. No reservation necessary.
Travel Agent: Marco Polo is an established small travel agency offering flight tickets as well as tailor-made flexible Turkey tours. Phone: 0212-519-3306.
Cooking: Alaturka. English-language cooking school opened by Dutch-born Eveline Zoutendijk in 2003, offers an introduction to Turkish cuisine and are suitable for both novices and experienced cooks
Hamam: Kılıç Ali Paşa. Part of the 16-century Kılıç Ali Paşa Mosque by Great Architect Sinan, it has only one space and is open to ladies from 8:00am to 4:00pm and for men from 4:30pm to 12:00am. For reservation visit own website or call 0212-393-8010.
Hamam: Süleymaniye. Ottoman imperial mosque from the 16th century, the masterpiece of Mimar Sinan and the best example of classical era Ottoman mosques in Istanbul. For reservation visit own website or call 0212- 520- 3410.
Yoga: Cihangir Yoga is easily the friendliest yoga centre in Istanbul with a spacious yoga room looking over a small park, and being able to end the practice with a sauna is a unique delight. Open 9:30-22:00 hours. Phone:0212-243-1993.
Spa: Divan Taksim Puri Spa offers a large variety of massages including couples massages, aromatherapy and Swedish massages. A fitness center with pilates sessions and a half-Olymic-sized pool are also available. Phone: 0212-315-5680.
Swimming Pool: Suada. A man-made island in the Bosphorus between two continents. The island has a beach club with fine restaurants, bars and an Olympic size swimming pool with a 360 degree panoramic view of Istanbul
Swimming Pool: Çırağan Palace. Possibly affording the best view from a pool with its 180 degree vista, allowing you to peruse all the activity going on in the Bosphorus.
Hair Dresser (Unisex): Yıldırım Bebek is a popular male-female unisex hair-dresser owned and run by Yıldrırım Özdemir also frequented by stars, actresses, singers and ex-models. Prices in try: Manicure 45, pedicure: 50, getting your hair done: 150-180
Gym: MAC Gmall is a sports and health club also offering personal trainers, pilates, yoga classes, sauna/steam room, spinning and an inside pool. Working hours: 7:00-23:00. Phone: 0212-232-4440.
Horseback Riding & Golf: Kemer Club has the Balkan's biggest indoor manéges and has facilities like the Paddock Restaurant, the Clubhouse & Bar and Proshop. Phone: 0212-239-7010