The Riad is almost certainly one of the smallest gay saunas in Paris, but it’s also one of the most down-to-earth. It was opened back in 2000 by three friends, and the interior is decorated using traditional oriental techniques. There’s a strong emphasis on a warm welcome to ensure you have a relaxing time, with professional masseurs available to offer treatments including shia-tsu, essential oils and peels.
On the ground floor, there’s a large TV room with leather armchairs, soft rugs and newspapers and magazines where guests can relax and discuss the day’s events.
The sauna area itself uses only traditional Eastern tiles, with only a few tasteful additions. The venue’s main selling point is a very enjoyable hammam finished with ceramic mosaic tiles. It’s a perfect spot for relaxing, with the sweet smell of eucalyptus filling the air.
The whole place is spotless, with six showers (five warm and one cold) and a pool next to the hammam for cooling off. The pool might be small, but the hammam is magnificent and very large.
In the basement, there’s a very hot sauna, with room for no more than six visitors. The rest of the area is given over to cabins.
The customer base is very mixed, with all sorts of guys, but the number of visitors can also vary widely: sometimes the place feels empty, but at other times it can be impossible to get a space in the sauna.
The staff are happy to help and offer a warm welcome. They serve mint tea, the house speciality, which has to be tried with a few Moroccan pastries.
The sauna is open from midday through to 1 am every day, and is one of the cheapest in the capital at 16 € for full price, 14 € after 9.30 pm and just 7 € for visitors under the age of 26!
You won’t find any theme parties at the Riad, but Absolu Living definitely found enough to heartily recommend it to you!For more information: Riad Sauna, 184 rue des Pyrénées, 75020 Paris. Telephone: 01 47 97 25 52 Website : http://www.le-riad.com/ Metro: line 2 to “Alexandre Dumas” or line 3 to “Gambetta”.
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