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Steamworks

5 Broughton Market, Edinburgh, United Kingdom, EH3 6NU | map

Steamworks
audience rating: Steamworks, 3 out of 5 based on 80 ratings click to vote:
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Hot Scottish men let off steam at the aptly-named gay sauna. Facilities include large steam room, 12-man spa pool, dry sauna, maze, power shower, TV and XX video lounge, massage service, and vertical tanning booth

There is a café serving drinks & snacks.Located in the heart of Edinburgh’s gay village. Open 7 days a week. No membership required.

weekday: 11:00 - 23:00

weekend: 11:00 - 23:00

venue: Sauna (桑拿) | features: cafe, internet access, steam room, massage, sauna, maze, relaxing cabins, spa, adults-only | customers: gay | attracts: All types

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last updated: 29-Mar-2018

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Value

2.5

Facilities

2.2

Service

2.6

Cleanliness

2.6
based on 23 reviews
  1. Disgusting

    “Smell is too bad, very dirty (yes carpet in the wet area). Unfriendly staff.“

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     on 01-Aug-2018 | Reply Problem with this review?

  2. Good place - odd doorman

    “All in all it was a nice place, clean, and has everything that you’d expect a sauna to have . The guy on the door was just odd! I’m from Australia and not used to British money. I had some English notes and some Scottish notes...he told me off for saying “Scottish money”. Apparently it’s British money just printed by a different bank ... he was very put out by this and made me feel a bit awkward x“

     on 27-Apr-2018 | Reply Problem with this review?

  3. Thumbs up!

    “I found this to be a great place. The guy at door was polite and helpful. I had a cabin which was clean as were the rest of the facilities. There was a range of guys there and all in all it was very satisfying!“

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     on 19-Dec-2017 | Reply Problem with this review?

  4. First visit

    “I visited the sauna twice when I visited the city, and enjoyed both times. Water area was nice, with a nice and hot Jacuzzi, sauna and steam room. Upstairs rooms, dark room, TV screens, small cafe where you can relax and have something to eat and drink. Personnel very friendly and wished you welcome. Even poppers for sale, Guess if I bought some as they are not available where I live. Have fun. Take initiative.“

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     on 13-Dec-2017 | Reply Problem with this review?

  5. Bad experience

    “Upon entering, I found the man working in the office to be rude, which was not a nice way to start the evening. The facility is very clean, but it was pretty dead and not very exciting or fun. I would never go back there again.“

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     on 28-Nov-2017 | Reply Problem with this review?

  6. Not good.

    “I’ll start with the good though. They must have recently fixed the showers because they worked fine when I was there, despite many reviews. The guy at the front desk was nice enough and the rooms for rent and upstairs lounge and dark areas are maintained well enough.

    However… the wet area (i.e., with showers, hot tub, and steam room) was disgusting. I was embarrassed as a gay person. On one hand Public Health should inspect to shut it down, but on another it would reflect very poorly on the gay community so hopefully they never see it.

    There is carpeting in the wet area, immediately next to the showers, sauna and hot tub. Who would be that stupid to leave that in place??? As a result, the carpet is constantly soggy (so literally for years), moldy and makes the place small awful. Do not go barefoot on the carpet. The layout everywhere is pathetic but I suppose that’s a minor problem. Would never go back and certainly never recommend it. Honestly my lasting impression was that it was run by someone who doesn't like, and takes advantage of, gay men.“

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     on 22-Nov-2017 | Reply Problem with this review?

  7. Not happy

    “After reading all the comments I was not sure if I should go but I still go.

    Very clean, nice staff but the biggest disappointing of all was the fact that if you want a private cabin to enjoy a private encounter with someone you have to pay for it.

    Overall was not happy“

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     on 05-Nov-2017 | Reply Problem with this review?

  8. Botin

    “Was not that experienced but have had good experiences here. Like the sauna and having own cubicle. Always a bit shy but the place can be exciting. Would like to meet more guys and the negative things are not always the condition in the sauna.“

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     on 26-Sep-2017 | Reply Problem with this review?

  9. Filth

    “Showers don't work, carpet just outside shower is damp and sticky, the odour upstairs is unbearable, again upstairs the occasional cleaning is done by staff member that is working at the café which is very unhygienic.

    The owner should really be ashamed of himself for letting this place get the way it is. Charging the fee and not investing it into better facilities is just shocking.

    If you decide you still want to go take my tip and take your own towel, pair of flip flops and antiseptic of some sort. I would give it zero stars if I could.“

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     on 06-Sep-2017 | Reply Problem with this review?

  10. A good visit

    “I hadn't been in this sauna for a good number of years and the very mixed comments on this site put me off going back.

    However, I decided to check it out for myself, as I know that there are always idiots who post hateful tripe simply because they are unhappy. (Ugly inside as well as outside).

    I am in my 60s, not too bad looking for my age but, everyone thinks that, no matter how frightful they look.

    I arrived around 2.00 pm. The prices were better than expected, £8 for a locker and £15 for a private cabin. (Various discounts for students etc). I decided on a cabin. It was spotlessly clean, very comfortable, a full-sized locker with key, condoms, lub, a small mirror, a television showing quite good porn and a lock on the door. Perfect really.

    All through this sauna there was a high standard of cleanliness, the showers were a bit too hot. The steam room was hot, the sauna (nothing wrong with the design!) was also hot enough. There is an excellent café upstairs, the prices are reasonable and the cute guy serving there was very friendly.

    There was a mixture of ages, I wasn't the oldest by a long chalk and, as far as I was concerned, there was someone for all tastes. Of course the handsome young muscle Mary's were strutting their stuff and I was WAY too old for them but they were really too young for me (or so I told myself!). Quite a lot of raunchy action on the top floor, it was good for a Saturday afternoon I thought. A few glory holes, all busy. I had my money's worth of the action.

    By 7.00 pm I was thinking of heading off when a very cute little Californian guy passed the open door of my cabin and stopped for a look and fun. So, on the whole, it was a good visit and I will go back. I may try the other Edinburgh sauna, No.18, on a Saturday, just to compare, I'll leave feedback if I do.

    I have been in gay saunas in Brussels, Paris, Amsterdam, Berlin, Munich, Vienna, Stockholm and various other cities, including London. Edinburgh cannot compete with the continental places but I am in Scotland at the moment, so Edinburgh or Glasgow are my only choices, take them or leave them but there is no need to bitch about this sauna, it is perfectly fine.

    I suspect that the trolls who leave horrible comments here are the only gay's in their particular village, they probably go to bed with their socks on and wear their pyjamas under their clothes.“

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     on 30-Aug-2017 | Reply Problem with this review?

  11. Visit for fun

    “My main reason for visiting SW is for hardcore fun. There are normally a good mixture of guys. Muscle studs, young guys and very old men. I am always polite even when rebuffing guys. The staff are always friendly to me (infer from that whatever you will), the facilities are decent enough and the upstairs dungeon is perfect.“

     on 26-Jul-2017 | Reply Problem with this review?

  12. Dreadful

    “Time for a good clean.“

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     on 01-Jul-2017 | Reply Problem with this review?

  13. harry

    “Not a review, a comment from a potential client, visiting Edinburgh in May: So many negative comments about facilities, staff, yet management posts a rely to only one positive review. Can all the others have been so wrong? "No running water" the biggest turnoff of all.“

     on 25-Apr-2017 | Reply Problem with this review?

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