We were a party of 4 on our first trip to Istanbul and to the Kumru Hotel. Both experiences were first class with the Kumru Hotel well deserving its rave reviews.I can but believe that any adverse review is the result of a misunderstanding or some other nefarious reason, because the Kumru is nothing but outstanding and great value for money.
The hotel is situated in the old area of Istanbul known as Sultanahmet, full of small winding streets, some cobbled, with lovely little restaurants offering good food at reasonable prices.The Blue Mosque and Grand Bazaar are about a 10 minute walk away as are the excellent air conditioned trams (E1 for as many stops as you like). Stay on a tram to both destinations for a budget way of seeing Istanbul.
The hotel arranged a pick up van from the airport (E30 each way) which was waiting for us as we exited the airport. On arrival at the Kumru we were greeted by Abdul and his lovely American wife Melissa who welcomed us warmly. A home from home experience.
The rooms were tastefully decorated with bathrobes, slippers and toiletries laid out for us. A 5 star reception at a medium priced Boutique Hotel.Great.
Breakfast on the terrace was an absolute delight with freshly squeezed orange juice, freshly percolated coffee, fresh fruits, some hot dishes and of course amongst the cheeses, breads and various other delights, Melissa's banana bread - she also makes a mean Turkish Delight martini in the evening if you ask nicely.
All 4 of our group were unanimous in our praise for the Kumru, Abdul and Melissa. We left reluctantly at the end of our stay but with the feeling that we were leaving good friends behind.
The Kumru is a real Touch of Class experience and one we will be returning to.
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