With Hilton Gold status, we received a fruit platter and four pieces of Turkish delight (nut "lokum") upon arrival, free wifi in our room, as well as free breakfasts each morning of our stay. Our corner room had a sliver of a view of the Mediterranean Sea between the buildings on the side street in the fashion district (quieter side compared to the main street). The bed was very comfortable. The buffet breakfast was an excellent assortment of hot dishes, omelet station (we ordered Turkish tomato/egg dish called menemen), giant honeycomb dripping with honey, 12 types of cheese and 8 types of olives, regular and Turkish coffee, juices, salad, jams, butter, cold cuts, beef sausages, sweet fruit/chocolate pastries and savory cheese/parsley pastries, fresh pineapple, mercimek corbasi (pronounced merjimek chorbaseu, Turkish lentil soup), fresh watermelon and canteloupe. The waiters were very attentive and very quick to ask if we wanted refills or the newspaper.
The tram across the street saved us taxi fare, and we took it to the erstwhile church/mosque, now-museum Aya Sofya (Hagia Sophia) and Dolmabahce palace at the end of the tram.
The only drawback is that there is no supermarket nearby, but we purchased bottled water from sidewalk kiosks.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Enjoy a warm welcome and homelike surroundings at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Istanbul - Old Town hotel. Our friendly and attentive staff will even greet you with our delicious chocolate chip cookie. Set in the heart of Istanbul's old town on the Historical Peninsula of Turkey, the contemporary DoubleTree Old Town Istanbul hotel is only 30 minutes east of the airport and is the nearest hotel to the famous covered Grand Bazaar. Visit attractions such as the Blue Mosque and Topkapi Palace near the hotel or discover this exciting city by foot. Retire to a spacious guest room or suite at this Istanbul hotel. All rooms are stylishly decorated and are fully equipped with modern amenities. Upgrade to a suite for extra space, including a separate living area and beautiful terrace, ideal for relaxing on sunny days. Host a meeting or celebrate a special event at the DoubleTree Old Town Istanbul hotel and choose between five flexible meeting rooms or the stunning top-floor ballroom. ... more less
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