We originally booked at the Hanedan, which is a block away, but we were given two rooms instead at the Grand Peninsula, a sister hotel. The rooms were pretty good. They were not very spacious but the furnishings were tasteful and the bathroom was great. The pillows weren't comfortable though and we had difficulty controlling the a/c. The hotel is located in Sultanahmet, but it is conveniently tucked away from the district's bustling, noisy streets. The Blue Mosque and the Hagia Sofia are just about 5 minutes away by foot and everything you need like convenience stores, restaurants, travel agencies, banks and souvenir shops are just a few steps up the road. I was just pretty disappointed since I had hoped that the roof deck, a feature all hotels in the district seemingly have, had no view of the Blue Mosque, but it had a sweeping view of the Sea of Marmara. The view was the reason I booked at the Hanedan. Nonetheless, given its price, location, quality of rooms and service (the main desk guy, Ramazan, the cleaners and the lady stationed at the breakfast area were all kind, helpful and spoke superb English), Grand Peninsula is worth the stay.
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- Also Known As:
- Peninsula Hotel Istanbul
- Peninsula Hotel Grand