I'm new to the site and scrolling through came upon this group. Each time I go to Paris i go to the Hammam and love it. It is a most beautiful place all white marble and mosaic and worth a visit even for the architecture.
The format is simple, when you arrive you are given a cachet of black soap, a pair of flip flops and a pareo. The latter is a sort of cotton with which you cover yourself. There is no nudity except perhaps in the shower or when changing. Most of the men there are arab and nudity would offend their sense of modesty. Personally I would not mind but you go with the flow!
You can have a shower and then be scrubbed by a burly man with a glove to remove dead skin. It is not painful and feels rather like being licked by a cat and the after effects are good. you then shower again and then return to the guy who massages you with oil for fifteen minutes. After that you are free to disport yourself in one of the rooms of varying heat, plunge in the freezing pool or simply shower to cool off. In one of the rooms guys can scrub and soap one another or do massage, it is quite social and if you are on your own someone will probably offer to give you a treatment. It also has a large room with plastic covered mattress things where you can sit or lie and chat whilst drinking mint tea or simply snooze! Well worth a visit for all you fans of steam!!!
There is some nudity all the same, I went to one in bucharest and it was entirely nude and packed with people and I loved that too
Sounds great! I'd love to try one. How much did it cost? Sometimes I'll miss out on the scrubs or massages in the Korean spas because they're extra.
It is 35 euro including gommage and massage which considering you could spend a long time there does not seem bad value to me!
I also felt a bit awkward when I went there. I was given, 2 cachets at the entrance, and I didn't really know what was for what; I would have maybe appreciated some explanation or guidance. I chose the package incl. gommage and massage. There are, I think, only 2 'men days' in the week.
There seems to be many regulars, especially among those offering massage, and most of them bring their own oil.
The salon de the/restaurant is very popular, and can be quite crowded on Sundays.
why did you feel awkward, was it the difficulty of not speaking the language? Generally I have found the guys there to be quite friendly.