My Gay Paris: IDM Sauna PARIS

The weather is getting colder here in Paris, but that’s left us even more determined to complete our guide to gay saunas in the French capital.

 Today, we’re visiting the IDM sauna, which alongside Sun City, is one of the biggest in Paris.  Tucked away in a passage in the Grands Boulevards area, the complex occupies four floors.  There’s a jacuzzi and hammam in the basement, a gym and changing room on the ground floor and then a maze of forty cabins in the rest of the space.  From Thursday to Sunday, the entire venue is clothes-free, and the IDM is owned by the same people as the Key West, another Paris sauna.

 The person who let us in was both welcoming and discreet, which is particularly welcome for young guys who might be visiting a sauna for the first time.

And, it has to be said, IDM is very popular with younger guys.  Then again, we also found out that it’s pretty quiet after 11 pm every day of the week.  So you need to go early if you want to meet people!  If you do, you’ll find that the other customers are very open-minded and IDM is the venue for some of the capital’s hottest parties—especially when everybody gets naked!  If you don’t believe us, visit their website, which should give you a pretty clear idea.  There are plenty of backrooms with different accessories to encourage you to have fun.

In terms of the basic equipment, the sauna, Jacuzzi and hammam are all nice and warm and perfectly clean, but some of the showers were broken when we visited.  The décor is very nice and doesn’t follow the same eastern influences as so many Paris saunas.

In the sexier areas, lots of the IDM backrooms are themed, with erotic photos on the wall, military-style camouflage netting or graffiti for an underground feel.  Other spaces have slings, glory holes and huge beds.

 This is an expensive sauna: at €15, the entry for an under-26 costs as much as a full-price ticket at Sun City, while everybody else can expect to pay €21.  We’re not sure whether the high prices are justified, because although it’s big, it’s not as big as Sun City and doesn’t have a pool either.  They don’t offer sandals, either.  Last detail: the IDM is open every day from midday to 1 am.

 For more information:
IDM Sauna, 4 rue du Faubourg Montmartre, 75009 Paris.
Telephone: 01 45 23 10 03 – Website  : http://www.idm-sauna.com/
Metro: line 8 or 9 to Grands Boulevards.


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