I chose the Tomtom Suites over the Four Seasons initially because I was hoping to get a more local taste of the city in return for less upmarket decor and services. It turned out the Tomtom Suites exceeded our expectation in all aspects, from room size to decor to services and breakfast quality at less than half the costs of the Four Seasons. We may have given up on access to a pool or gym but there is so much to see in Istanbul that this is but a tiny price to pay. Our taxi driver did not know the area and my wife had her initial reservations when we got lost in what looked like dark side streets. The hotel is actually located in a quiet deadend alley with security blockade at the entrance which they share with the Italian consulate. Five minutes by foot up the other end of the alley you are on Istiklal Street which is the main shopping and restaurant-bar scene of Istanbul. Nural was the most helpful concierge we have ever come across in our travel across Asia,North America and Europe. Not only did he help us with restaurant recommendation and reservations, he added his personal touch with calls to the restaurants to follow up on our special requests and prepared hand drawn maps every night telling yes how to get to the restaurants. How sweet is that!? I would come back to this hotel even if they double their price. Last but not least, breakfast was included in the rate that we paid and it was a wonderful selection of continental choices and local fare. The staffs on the rooftop restaurant are as wonderful as Nural and are so obliging when we stayed way beyond their operating hours for afternoon tea.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Tomtom Suites, The Old Franciscan House is an authentic Istanbul building whose posture reflects the social history of Pera from 1850’s to recent. Throughout its history, this building was home for French nuns and some well-known Levantine families. Now it is ready to host its new guests with its "unique" service policy and a new design, pairing modern comfort with historical background. Tomtom Suites, The Old Franciscan House has 20 suites, a terrace offering a panoramic view of old town and a nostalgic outlook. It tells the story of an over 100 years old building with a stylish language, but without loosing the essence of the story. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Tomtom Hotel Istanbul