In a row of ordinary house in Amsterdam lies a front door that hides a secret. Behind the discreet front door is an art deco treasure of a sauna: stained glass, paneling, gilded decorations, sandblasted glass and artfully crafted stair railings.
Once this lavish art deco interior graced the famous Parisian department store Au Bon Marché, which dates from 1920. More than fifty years later, management decided on a thorough renovation, where all of the original decor would have to be removed. Almost all of this beauty was destined for the scrap heap, but by chance the demolition plans were overheard. Immediately a crew went down to the ‘Rue des Sèvres’ and after negotiations with a surprised management – why this sudden interest? – the ornaments were gradually removed. The majority of the splendour found a worthy home since 1979 at Sauna Deco.
This place oozes refined elegance and the charm of a bygone age. The main reception area is like a stage set from a production of the Great Gatsby. Highlights include a grand dark polished wood staircase leading up to a sleeping area and probably the most sumptuous plunge pool in the world.
The place is unchanged since it opened and given that some features are over 90 years old, it’s in remarkably good condition. Like the rest of Amsterdam, Sauna Deco is on a very human scale. As it’s tucked away in a house there are only a few sauna rooms and a steam room but it means that you feel like you’re in someone’s home and this creates a relaxed and comfortable atmosphere.
It’s probably not the kind of place you’d spend a day in but it’s central location means that it’s perfect as somewhere to go for a sauna session whilst you’re seeing the sights.
Summary: The magical feel of the place whisks you away to another time and space.
Overall sauna experience: Cold, Warm, Hot, Top Sauna!
Facilities: Basic, Standard, Excellent