Hotellino is a modern boutique hotel featuring an amazing breakfast with Turkish coffee and tea, juices, eggs both hard-boiled and scrambled, halvah, fruit, cheese, fantastically fresh cucumbers, tomatoes and olives, toast and traditional pastries, muesli, delicious yogurt with all the trimmings -- dried fruit, nuts, honey on the comb. Breakfast is served 7:30-10:30 am so never crowded. The lobby is very comfortable with deep sofas and free internet. This is a small hotel so the staff can really focus on your needs and served us very well as travel agents and day-trip advisors. The concierge Mina is clearly a highly educated woman with a deep love and knowledge of Istanbul, both modern and historical. The rooms are a tad small but real estate in this prime location is surely at a premium. The housekeeping is flawless -- clean towels and fresh sheets daily if desired; free bottled water, plenty of hot water for bathing, lovely Turkish bathrobes for each occupant. Despite the enormous hustle-bustle of Istanbul, the city is impressively clean. The streets are washed every night and the Turks are very polite and friendly. There's more sales aggression than we might be used to in the US, but I felt quite safe as a single woman. The restaurant next to the hotel has simple but delicious fare at good prices. Any eggplant dish is to-die-for in Turkey, as well as the halvah, and rice puddings. Easy walking distance from Hotellino is the Blue Mosque, the Islamic art museum, the Grand Bazaar, several hammams, Hagia Sophia, the waterfront with many starting points for Bosphorus boat tours. There is also the Gulhane tram stop right around the corner although if you're reading this beyond 2012 a new tram stop is in the works right imeediately next to the hotel.
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- View of one of our comfortable and modern rooms, completely new. The window pane that can be seen is that of the bathroom and lets the light flow within. Very quiet room. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotellino Istanbul Hotel Istanbul