From the moment to you arrive (with fresh drinks and turkish delight, after an airport pickup) to the moment you leave (with parting kindness), the hotel is a true gem. Nice Turkish breakfast included, very good rates, just around the corner from tremendous restaurants and the finest sites in Istanbul. We took advice to try some of the local and not the fancy tourist restaurants and were rewarded. The cafeteria just up the hill (around 200 yards up the hill) that serves food to locals was perhaps our best meal of all, for under $6/person. And we were in Istanbul for 2 weeks! The staff is tremendously helpful. The hotel is well positioned for the Sultanahmet tram as well as for all the big sights (Topkapi, etc.). Sleeping in the hotel was easy at night, although there were some problems with neighboring construction during the day. We found out, though, from fellow travelers that construction is going on all over Istanbul and that others were encountering the same problems. So, afternoon naps were difficult but everything was great. Did I mention free and consistent wireless Internet access and cheap laundry service? Plus smiles and helpful advice from everyone on staff. They are all young and enthusiastic and supremely helpful, and they speak English well also. Beautiful, well-appointed rooms. We chose a small room that was not spacious but was quite beautiful, and we were comfortable there. Excellent maid service, and the hotel staff helped us with a bunch of little odds and ends. Just a wonderful experience.
Just a gem of a place. We stayed nearly a week and would have loved to stay a month.
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- 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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