We stayed at Dara’s for four days. The service is excellent and reception managers Yilmaz and Itaz, extremely helpful. At the time of check-in they provide maps demarcating all the places of interest. This helps navigation through the city, from and to the hotel. The rooms aren’t large but comfortable and spotless. The housekeeping team is worth applauding. Our booking included breakfast; the spread though large, was disappointing since the food was cold, not fresh and shabbily presented (this compared to the breakfast we had in Goreme and Antalya). The taste wasn’t good either and we even skipped eating it in the last 2 days. The view from the terrace where the restaurant is, was amazing.
The hotel is well located in the sloping by-lanes of Sultanahmet with close proximity to the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sofia, The Basilica Cisterns, Topkapi palace and the tram station. It’s barely a 5 – 10 mins walk. There are a good number of restaurants around. Of which Ozi’s Pizza and Vaha are highly recommended. Downhill from the hotel there is a general store from where you can buy your stock of water, sodas and munchies. The one uphill is expensive. Right outside the hotel there is a mosque so you get to hear the “Azaan” during the set time.
Tip: Be extremely careful while walking on the slope outside the hotel as people drive very rashly and at high speeds. Use the footpaths.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Hotel Dara is located at the heart of the Old City in Istanbul. Historically, the building was once used as a sweet Ottoman mansion, which was renovated as a Hotel in 2009. Hotel Dara has 50 seat capacity with a rooftop restaurant. Along with a team of professional staff, it offers a great opportunity for its guests to have their rich breakfast while enjoying the mystical view of the Marmara Sea and the beautiful Sokollu Mehmet Pasa Mosque. ... more less
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