BASE Sauna (H2O)
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BASE Sauna (H2O)
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BASE Sauna (H2O)

36-38 Sackville Street, Manchester, United Kingdom, M1 3WA  map 

Coronavirus Update: Closed

Newly refurbished.

Now part of the Basement group, BASE gay sauna (formerly H2O) features a Finnish sauna, steam room, jacuzzi, private cabins, video room, private lockers, showers and a café lounge area.

Located in the heart of the Gay Village. Clean facilities, friendly staff. No membership required. Open 24 hours on weekends.


cafe, steam room, sauna, jacuzzi / hot pool, relaxing cabins, adults-only, cruise / fetish

Updated: 15-Feb-2021
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  1. J Jason
    Closed now is part of expansion of Clone zone

    “Officially closed now has been extended in to a bigger clone zone shop.“

  2. M Mal

    “Went to base sauna today Thursday 1st March, only 3 people in and that’s counting the guy on reception. Steam room freezing cold? The whole place was cold too. Won’t be visiting this sauna ever again.“

  3. D Dave
    Better than it was............

    “Went here in October and paid full price to get in although the venue was freezing cold as there was a builder in doing some work in the locker rooms and was constantly in and out.

    The Jacuzzi was not working until around 5pm although it was nice when I eventually got to use it.

    Not very many in and the average age was 60 probably around 5 people all day from 12 noon when I arrived.

    The venue is a a lot better now due to the refurbishment and the reception is now upstairs on the 1st floor. It is a pain walking up and down flights of stairs past the front door which you can clearly see out to the road, which I was not comfortable with to be honest and it was even colder walking down the stairs past it.

    No lube around but I didn't get chance to use any anyway think that was wishful thinking.

    No glory holes which I found really strange and some of the cubicles have no doors, and there are not a lot really but then I suppose it is a very small venue, but you would think they would have doors on all the cubicles but maybe it just is not finished yet.

    The Sauna floor is grotty and could do with refitting.

    The member of staff on reception was very polite and welcoming but think he was just happy to see someone! He also was happy for me too choose a film to watch in the very small seating area where I spent much of the day to be honest, as nothing else going on.

    Overall, lovely improvements and very clean. Friendly staff No many in all day, very cold, no glory holes, issues with Jacuzzi and the Sauna floor need a good clean or a new floor laying. Don't really want to be asking for lube all the time. Very small venue.“

  4. m mark
    much improved since refurbishment

    “Nov 17 - a vast improvement since some money has been spent on updating the facilities - new jacuzzi for example. All seemed very clean but it is rather bizarre that there are so many condoms everywhere but complete lack of lube (there seems to be a single sachet provided in each locker but more is needed!). Much better pricing policy just needs more men to come back and give it a try again. Oh, and a personal plea, bring back a glory hole or two - that would make it perfect venue for us!“

  5. E Euro
    Very empty

    “Visited Tuesday and Wednesday: £10 entrance. Closes at 8.00 pm or 10 pm. Predominantly older guys. Charge you £1 if you want to go out and come back.“

  6. A Alan
    NO facilities!

    “Been here 4 times, twice before the revamp.

    Since revamp, no jacuzzi, no steam room and internet that works when it wants. And why have reception upstairs where it over looks the jacuzzi (when it works) so the staff can see everything that goes off? Good points, friendly staff and clean. Although never any lube, plenty of condoms. Do not take notice of the board outside, it is NOT open 24 hours during the week.....“

  7. T Tom

    “Sleazy, unclean and over priced.“

  8. G G
    Does the job

    “Went with a friend for my first ever sauna experience the other week. Like most guys on their first time I was nervous on what it would be like, thankfully I had nothing to worry about. The staff were great and easy to have a laugh with.

    The hot sauna was great and clean, the rest of the club cleanliness wise was okay but could do with a bit of a tlc.

    There were a range of guys there to which was good, although I did find it odd that no body talked to each other, it was all in eye contact whether you got with someone or not.

    Over all I'll probably be back, although I'd like to see the cabin with the sling in, have a lock put on the door that works before I next visit. Unwanted guests aren't always fun.“

  9. P Paul
    Great place to meet guys

    “Great place met loads of guys - great fun can walk round naked so you can be looked at - the steam room is great fun.“

  10. J John
    Great Sauna

    “Went to this Sauna on Saturday 29-10-'16, and I must say I was very impressed with the facilities and cleanliness of the place.

    Excellent :- Changing area, Jacuzzi, Steam room & Dry Sauna. Infact spotlessly clean throughout and all fully functioning. Staff also very helpful. Will go again when in Manchester next (I live in Blackpool).“

  11. W William
    Really enjoyed it

    “Went for the first time this place is very clean staff pleasant and very helpful plenty of action totally nice place going again very soon“

  12. L Lin

    “Went 12/02/2016 my first time pressed buzzer on entry, made my way to reception a very pleasant guy asked if I had been before I said it was my first time he explained where everything was he gave me my towel explained about the locker and I was off mmmm went to TVs room. I was surprised there was quite a few guys in sat next to one guy then went to a private room for more fun all round a very good experience it is the only one I have been to but it did what is says on the tin I wasn't expecting five star luxury but it exceeded my expectations after reading some of the reviews!!!! The lightings just right not to light or dark all round a really good experience ..“

  13. J Jason
    Needs a refurb

    “Truly the worst sauna I have ever been to the Jacuzzi is in a terrible state with bits missing and was cold.

    To be blunt it really needs replacing as its over 15 years old also it is as an other review stated almost empty with customers.

    I seriously think the owner of this sauna lives in fantasy land with regards to the prices they charge compared to far superior saunas in Belgium and Germany and also Birmingham UK and London especially considering how it was almost empty less than 3 people when I visited. However the staff were okay and pleasant just a shame the place is so run down.“

  14. J Jim
    Save your money

    “I tried it once, about 3 years ago. I've had more men in my apartment that what were in this tired old dump. It's a sad, sleazy old basement with ancient fittings.“

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