The afternoon we spend at the historic Tarihi Galatasaray Hamami baths, where we treat ourselves to a traditional soapy bath and an oil massage, is a mixture of relaxation and new experiences. Not only the skilled hands of the Hamam masters, but also the fairytale oriental architecture of the baths make this wellness interlude something very special. Pleasantly relaxed and in a buoyant mood, we leave the Hamam in the late afternoon to check-in at our hotel. Built in 1892, the Grand Hotel de Londres in the cosmopolitan area of Beyoğlu impresses us with its eclectic and unusual osmanic-cum-Victorian interior design. As we learn from a cinema-loving guest, the hotel was once used as a backdrop by film director Fatih Akin for his film “Head On”.