Russian Baths in Pennsylvania
There are a lot of Russians in Pennsylvania. No wonder you find some great Russian Baths out there.
Address: 141 2nd Street Pike, Southampton PA, 18966
Hours: Mon-Thu 9:00am-11:30pm, Fri 9:00am-1:30am, Sat 8:00am-1:30am, Sun 8:00am - 11:30pm
Admission: $30 Children under 10 years of age $15
Venik treatment / Platza: $30
1 hour massage: $70+
Facilities: Russian and Turkish Bath, Steam Room, Cold Plunge Pool, Swimming Pool, Jacuzzi, Restaurant, Outside Patio, Smoking Room, Tanning
A review from Bryon MacWilliams:
If the heart of the Southampton Spa is the stove in the Russian steam room, its pulse can be felt among the tables where bathers relax, talk, eat and drink between steams.
The tables ring a large swimming pool, and two whirlpools, in a high-ceilinged hall – the upper reaches of which are lined with replicas of ancient sculptures, and in the corners of which hang flat-screen TVs showing Russian music videos.
A snack bar serves mineral water, fresh juices and tea (with honey, preserves and lemon slices). It also serves especially good Russian and Ukrainian dishes.
Along a hall adjacent to the pool are four steam rooms: a Russian, a Turkish (or schvitz common to Jewish immigrants), a Finnish-style sauna (with an electric stove that rarely works), and a foggy, low-temperature room like that at the local YMCA.
Only two of the steam rooms count: the Russian and the Turkish.
A friend who lives in New York City, and steams regularly in banyas there, says that the Russian steam room here has the best stove in the northeast – not just in northeast Philly, where the spa is located, but in the northeastern United States.
Temperatures in the Russian steam room hover between 175 and 200 degrees Fahrenheit, whereas the Turkish steam room averages 165 degrees. Like seemingly all public banyas in the States, both steam rooms are poorly ventilated.
Sometimes attendants can be called upon to make steam, but bathers generally must make it themselves. Mint and eucalyptus tinctures (as well as felt hats and veniki, bundles of leafy twigs used to massage bathers, and maneuver steam) can be bought in the lobby.
Bathers can cool off in a 30-something-degree plunge pool, or beneath a cascade of cool water delivered in short bursts, by pulling a chain, in the showers.
Between steams bathers also can relax outdoors, on lounge chairs, on a patio.
Roaming massage therapists offer various schools of body work ($40 to $85). Sometimes an attendant can be hired for $20 to give a veniki massage (or platza in Yiddish).
The spa also has a restaurant, a lounge with Russian billiard tables, and a VIP room with a private whirlpool and closet-style sauna.
Terri cloth robes, towels, and flip flops are complimentary.
Admission runs $33 in cooler months, and $25 in warmer months. Tuesdays are discount days: $25 in winter, $20 in summer.
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