Fonarnye bani is a luxury option where my friends and I go out for special occasions. It’s well worth coming here if you want a luxury spa experience with a historic vibe.
These baths reopened after renovations in spring 2021. The history of these baths begins in 1871. If you are confused why there are 2 variants of the name in the title, read the sign with the history of the baths at the entrance, it is very interesting! Fortunately, this is one of the baths that’s also kind of a museum. The new owners have restored the historical look of some of the interiors from pre-revolutionary engravings (look at the fireplaces!).
The male and female classes are separate, there are no family days.
I like the spacious hammam, the beautiful pool, the massage area, the showers, the comfortable loungers. There are barrels of hot and ice water to pour over after the steam room.
It’s one of the expensive public baths: 2 hours of visit cost 2,000 rubles, the rent of cabins for companies is paid separately, spa services are also pricy: “parenye” costs from 2,000 rubles for 7 minutes. There is a restaurant inside, you can order tea or a full lunch/dinner.
In my opinion, these baths have one drawback: a large and slightly dry steam room (in the women’s section). Perhaps the new wood sheathing is still moisture-absorbing. But if you are more interested in spa treatments than steam bathing, then Fonarnye bani are for you.