June 30th will be the start of our Annual Closure. We will be doing major renovations this time including work on the Parilka and expanding our massage rooms upstairs. We are planning to be closed for 6 weeks, but hope that we will be able to open sooner. Please check back for updates and our exact reopen date.
Until then...hit the beach, jump in the lake and enjoy the sunshine!
Beat the Seattle summer heat with Banya 5’s Summer Membership! Enjoy full access to our Russian & Turkish inspired, contrast-hydrotherapy based baths as well as a 10% Member discount on any of our Spa Services. Whether you’re recovering from summer work-outs, recuperating from indulging in summer’s excess or if you’re simply looking for ways to de-stress, then spending your time detoxing and relaxing at the Banya 5 is the perfect solution. If you’ve been thinking about taking the VIP Membership plunge this is a great way to test the water. Our Summer Membership begins on May 10th and is valid through September 30th.
Price: $450 (plus tax)
Unlimited entry to the facility and discounts on Spa Services.
Banya 5 will be closed from Thursday June 30th through Monday August 16th for annual cleaning and maintenance.
Dates of closure are subject to change. Membership will be extended if the closure runs longer than expected.
What Seattle Freeze? The Parilka (dry sauna) of the trendy coed Russian-style bathhouse in South Lake Union could melt the coldest countenance of any passive-aggressive Seattleite. Or maybe it was the patrons, a boisterous bunch, who were both garrulous and serene. In the Parilka, instead of sitting in silence, the bathers chatted across from each other on the cascading stairs, like high-school students on bleachers.
Many of the patrons were regulars who came multiple nights a week. One, a man with a beard and handlebar mustache, proclaimed Banya 5 to be “the greatest place on Earth.” He did so while standing chest-deep in the cold-plunge pool — 45 degrees — without flinching.
He was also the same man who advised me to “just breathe” and explained, “This is sort of like forced meditation,” after my first ever-public beating — or rather, a massage (or “platza” with a Venik, a soaked oak branch) in the Parilka administered by a burly Viking type.
I laid on the top bench of the smoking hot sauna, while the big man slapped my back and legs with the leaves, which were wet and steamy from the heat. An intense feeling of claustrophobia took over and I felt dizzy. I can’t say it was pleasant but it was certainly memorable.
My friend did better with the “50 Shades of Veniks” than I: After her “massage” and cold plunge, she went to the tepid pool where a perfect stranger held her aloft like a baby as she floated on her back. After three exhilarating hours there, I could agree with the mustachioed man’s assessment of Banya 5’s greatness.
$40 entry; $25 early-bird special Wednesdays and Thursdays before 2 p.m.; coed; open Tuesdays 4 p.m.-11 p.m., Wednesday-Sunday 10 a.m.-11 p.m., closed Mondays; 217 Ninth Ave. N., Seattle; 206-262-1234 or banya5.com.
To read the full article which includes other great spa options in the area, click here: http://www.seattletimes.com/life/lifestyle/best-seattle-area-day-spas-feel-pampered-without-breaking-the-bank/
Times are changing!
As we look around us in South Lake Union the landscape is evolving right before our eyes. The last few years have brought many changes to our particular part of this neighborhood and we are doing our best to take it in stride.
During the months of March and April there will be utility work done under our street (9th Ave N) and the sidewalk. At first glance it looks like our building is inaccessible, however the hard-working construction crew will let our customers through to our parking lot and front entrance.
We appreciate your patience and are doing our best to work with the crew to make this as painless as possible.