It's difficult to give this hotel any more than 2 out of 5 due to several reasons.
We stayed here for 3 nights in July 2014 and paid £82 per night for the privilege.
Service from staff was very good. They were helpful, attentive and some spoke very good English like the guest relation staff member. Nothing was too much trouble for any of the staff it seemed.
Location of hotel is second to none. You can walk to all the main attractions from the hotel within 10-15 minutes. There are also plenty of food and drink options along the street ranging from international cuisine to Turkish fare.
Little shops selling everything are also close by. If you need to stock up on beer 6 lira in the little shops is the price for 500ml bottles of Efes.
Roof terrace with excellent views of the surrounding area and sea views.
Breakfast has a good choice of food, but that's as far as it goes.
Lobby, reception and restaurant area very pleasant.
Room was very pokey and out dated. The photos are very misleading when it comes to the rooms.
View from the window was not that of the City as promised, but of a rooftop seating area that was used by local people living next door. It was very untidy and meant we had to keep our curtains closed as they frequented the area for their own pleasure.
Noise from other room next door could be heard through the bathroom vents very clearly as the walls are paper thin in there...not a nice experience.
Breakfast had a good choice but some of the choice was somewhat questionable. The scrambled eggs for example were terribly under cooked and cold every morning.
Upon leaving or entering the hotel, the restaurant staff member outside the hotel who is there to drum up business for the restaurant would badger us to eat in the hotels restaurant. We had to remind him every time we walked by him that we were resident which was followed by a quick apology - most annoying!
Air con pointless as it just blew out warm air. we left it on for hours and it made no difference!
Overall, would I recommend anyone stay here... well it is difficult to say. It is quite expensive and you don't get a great deal in return for your cash apart from location and service. There may be better options elsewhere for the money, I don't know.
I don't think I would stay here again if I were to return to Istanbul - I would look in the same area for other accommodation, but the Byzantium is well and truly off my recommended list!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Byzantium Hotel is within walking distance to Topkapi Palace, St.Sophia, Blue Mosque, Hippodromme, Underground Cistern, Grand Covered Bazaar and many more historical sights. The terrace restaurant offers a breathtaking panoramic view of Istanbul. You will find a second home in Istanbul with The Byzantium Hotel. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Byzantium Hotel Istanbul
- The Byzantium Hotel And Suites
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