The hotel is located in a busy area with numerous shops and street sellers and it has in its proximity a metro station (with direct link to the airport) and tram station (to the Blue Mosque and Galata district). I don’t recommend taxi from the airport but the subway, even if there are 14-18 stations (if remember well), it is cheaper and you save time.
The hotel building is very narrow and tall, perhaps not very easy to find it in all that crowded area, but and looks clean and trustily comparing with other nearby buildings.
The reception guys were very polite, spoke quite good English and were very helpful. I had a request for a room change (see below) and this was favorably solved. There is always a person in charge with managing the suitcases.
Initially I was given a room at the first floor, just opposite to the elevator. Note that due to narrow building, the floor corridors are also narrow and the rooms from the middle of the building are very, very small and dark. In addition, the room distributed to me, being at the first floor and having the view to the interior court (which is 1-2 meter wide, actually between two walls) was very dark, so that practically there was no light inside. This is the reason for which we asked for a side room either to the street view or to the opposite backyard, which are light and more spacious.
The room was very clean and bedclothes the same. Everyday the house keeper cleaned the room using the vacuum and all the bath equipments were carefully cleaned. I’m saying this because one day I arrived in my room around lunchtime and I saw the cleaning approach they had in this hotel.
All room and bathroom furniture is new, modern and in good shape of use.
It is served at the mezzanine and it has plenty of choices, headed a little bit towards Turkish cuisine which is very interesting – several ranges of cheese, salami, fresh fruits and vegetables, dry fruits, etc – definitely a good breakfast.
In conclusion, having into consideration the price paid, the conditions found at this hotel and by comparing with other hotels I saw from the street during my stay in Istanbul, I definitely do recommend Polatdemir Hotel for a pleasant stay in this city.
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