Where do I start? I was looking for a nice and an inexpensive place to stay for my week in Istanbul. I found both at the Best Nobel Hotel. The front desk staff were friendly and spoke English. While the line staff struggled with English their smiles made up for any language barriers.
My room was small, clean and neat. The bathroom and linens were spotless and the cleaning crew did a wonderful job every day. While I enjoy staying in big hotel chains, I rather not afford them if it helps me save and extend my travel budget. After all, and as mentioned in previous reviews, I only use my room as a place to clean up and get some rest.
I came in a all hours of the night and never once felt unsafe when walking to the hotel. There was alway a front desk person there to say hello or offer a polite nod and smile.
I would like to comment on the noise level of this hotel. As mentioned in other reviews, noises in this place travel well. My problem really was not the fact that noise travels well, but the fact that there seem to be guess that were calling loudly to each other from other floors as they came in from their late night activities and retired to their rooms. It was annoying at best, but not something that would prevent me from highly recommending this place.
I guess I should also mention the area. You are staying in tourist central when staying anywhere in Sultanahmet. There are major advantages and disadvantages to this fact. On the plus side everything is really a very short walk and access to all of the Sultanahment attractions are within walking distance as is access to the rails and ferries. On the not so plus side, there are a lot of shop owners offering friendly greetings that are a ruse to get you to enter into their shops and buy something. It was slow during my visit in March, so it seemed like every shop and restaurant had someone working very hard to get you to come into their business.
So there you have it, I just got back from my trip to Istanbul and this is the first trip review I have written. This place is a must stay if you are looking for friendly staff that offers clean safe rooms. I recommend it highly as a home base for your stay in Istanbul.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Best Nobel Hotel Located in the very centre of Istanbul is 3 star Rated BEST NOBEL HOTEL.This hotel is in the ideal location for anyone who wishes to visit this beatuiful city.Guest can easily reach the tops of many historical and cultural places such as the blue Mosgue, Hagia Sofia Museum, Grand Bazar,Galata Tower, Galata Bridge, Topkapi Place and Sisterna.Each of these Locations is Just a sort walk form the Best Nobel Hotel from the moment you arrive you will be greeted by the Hotels friendly and professional staff that will make your stay as Pleasant and memorable as possible. ... more less
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