I stayed at this hotel at the end of October 2010 for 1 night, alone (my husband and I had different flights, I arrived 1 day earlier and my husband's hotel arrangement that was taken care of by his office did not cover it, so I had to find another hotel for 1 night and thank God I found this hotel).
I booked through their website and I was happy with their prompt replies. The pick up service at the airport was worth it. I only paid EUR15 and the driver was very nice and helpful. The car was ok and it took less time to the hotel than I expected. He also suggested me a money changer with better exchange rate.
I got room 502, it was a large double room. The room was spacious with lots of drawers. It's enough to 'hide' my things, including my medium luggage. The drawers were great. The room also had a refrigetor, a flat screen TV, AC with heater etc. The room and the bahroom were spotless and I am not exaggerating :).
Warm water ran well. View from my room was the backyard though, but I didn't go to Istanbul to stay inside my room. So it's not a big deal at all. The hotel staffs and manager were very nice, helpful and informative.
At night, it was really quiet, so I can sleep well. There are lots of restaurants near by and the neighbourhood is safe for a woman to walk around alone at 9pm.
In the morning, the breakfast was great with lots of variety of choices, and the 2 ladies in the kitchen were so sweet.
From this hotel I walked to Blue mosque, Hagia Sofia, Hipodrome, Topkapi, Basilica Cistern etc. For me, no taxi nor other transportation required. For more distant tourist spots such as grand bazaar, spice bazaar, Galata, Dolmabahce Palace etc, I suggest you to use tramway. The nearest station is Sultan Ahmed (near by, there was this money changer I talked about earlier). It costs 1.5 Lira for one go, no matter how far.
I think my room is amazing for EUR 60 per night (in their website it was listed EUR 80, but actually it's only EUR 60 if we pay cash, awesome!).
I definitely will be back and suggest this hotel to my family and friends.
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- Also Known As:
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