The Han comes equipped with comfort and amusement. The rooms are a little small, but as a family of three we fit quite nicely. The bedcovers are perfectly suited to the climate, and you can keep the windows open to let in a lovely breeze. Everything is immaculate. If you have a room overlooking the street, it can be noisy, but it's pleasant to hear the city sounds and you might want earplugs anyways if one of your party has loud night habits.
Even if you're jet lagged, you'll spend a comfortable night in the room, after which you are given breakfast. It is traditional Turkish breakfast, with a different savory pastry fresh every day, and lots of fruit. You can also ask for bread, which is excellent, so there's something for everyone.
The people are also wonderful; the manager is very helpful in terms of directions and guides, and the maids are lovely. Outside, there are six or seven waiters who work at an adjacent restaurant. They are mischievous and very much fun (your teenage daughter will love them.)
In terms of location, the Han is perfect for those who have never been to Istanbul. The Basilica
Cistern is just a block away, the two famous mosques just across the street. For a less touristy part of town, there are tram stops very close, and the manager will be happy to tell you where to go. Also a walk away is the Galata bridge, and the ferries you can get there to many places, like the Chora church or Miniaturk.
Lastly, the Han is the cutest hotel in Istanbul. It is outfitted with charm and warmth and a pink and yellow banister. Certainly the best hotel in Istanbul.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- All our rooms have been decoreted with intense care by modeling Turkish traditional homes with susani , special design chandeliers, quality wooden furniture and also with air conditioner and mini-bar. High speed free wireless internet connection is available at all rooms. Major public transportation centers in order to reach allover Istanbul and Turkey such as tram station , bus stop, central train station and boat docks are all in walking distance from our Hotel.Hotel is located on one of the main streets of Sultanahmet named Yerebatan street, it is about 50 meters away to Basilica Cistern. ... more less
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