We used the White House Hotel as a base for our first but hopefully not last visit to Istanbul, and could not have been happier with this choice of accommodation. It is exceptionally well located, permitting a pleasant walk to key attractions in the old quarter of the city or a mere 3 minute walk to a very efficient tram service for more distant places. Without doubt, however, the service levels at this hotel are its signature strength. Helpful advice, prompt attention to matters, and a constant effort to go above and beyond made our Istanbul experience so much better. Our room was a little small but nonetheless was very tidy, modern and comfortable. It was appointed with mini bar, in-room coffee/tea, cable TV, free wi-fi, and arguably the best room air conditioner I have experienced in any hotel (very quiet but effective). There was no price gouging on top-up services such as laundry, mini-bar prices, and airport transfers, which simply added to a pleasurable stay. Across the road is a neat little convenience store where simple provisions such as water, snacks, bread, ice cream and so forth can be bought in preparation for the next tour or outing. Then in any direction taken there are a multitude of restaurants to chose from, all within 3 minutes walk. Although breakfast was included in the tariff, it was probably not the Hotel's strongest point in respect of presentation and variety. Nonetheless, it was a minor detraction from an otherwise wonderful hotel that represented excellent value in a prime location. To sum it up, it is a great boutique hotel offering 4 star features with 5 star service. We will again stay at the White House Hotel should we be fortunate enough to return to Istanbul.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- White House Hotel Istanbul is located in the heart of the historical peninsula and it is within walking distance to Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace, Archeology Museum, the Basilica Cistern, Grand Bazaar, Spice Bazaar, the Millennium Stone and Byzantine Hippodrome, which are the most important landmarks of the city. White House Hotel Istanbul is the ideal starting place for exploring this Ottoman capital city's endless historical sites, museums, restaurants, clubs and shops. ... more less
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