My wife and I booked this hotel for a one-week visit to Istanbul based on all the excellent reviews on TripAdvisor, and we were not disappointed. Other reviewers have already done an excellent job of describing their stays at the hotel, so I won't bore you with yet another litany of its many merits. Instead, I will cut to the chase and concentrate on its few deficiencies.
The rooms are clean and cosy, but relatively small, especially the bathrooms. Great for lone travelers and friendly couples with minimal luggage, but problematic for a larger family.
There is no elevator, so older or disabled individuals will have problems getting around the hotel. Even if you get a room on one of the lower floors, you'll still have to climb all the way to the top floor for breakfast every morning or whenever you want to enjoy the terrace view. Just getting to the reception area from the street entrance requires going down several steps.
Access to the hotel is a little challenging as well. It is hidden away in some back streets, many of which are a steep in places and with missing or unusable sidewalks. You'll end up having to walk in the cobbled street much of the time while keeping a sharp eye out to avoid getting run over by cars and tour buses.
The streets around the hotel are lined with restaurants of a hundred different varieties (including a pretty good Korean restaurant right next to the Oshmanhan itself). Though this is great if you are looking for a meal, it can be a problem at other times. The problem is that every one of those restaurants has a man standing out front in the evenings whose job it is to entice you in for a meal. Some of these guys can be pretty pushy, and after a while, we started to dread the running of this gantlet on our return to the hotel after dinner.
Breakfast is included in the price of the room, but don't expect to see a big buffet spread with hot plates full of steaming western-style breakfast food. What you will find is a small side-table holding a few plates of cheese slices, cold cuts, yogurt, fruit, cereal, slices of cake, some bread and simit (wonderful Turkish bagels), jams, fruit juices, milk, etc. There is usually a friendly face around willing to cook you a small omelet or make you a coffee, but don't expect much more. If you don't eat a lot for breakfast (like us), then not a problem, but if you are used to a large hot meal to start your day, you'll need to look for it elsewhere.
Don't get me wrong. We loved our stay at the Oshmanhan, and would be happy to book there again the next time we travel to Istanbul. The hotel was perfect for a relatively healthy couple like us, and for the price, you can't really beat the location and quality of the accommodations.
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