I found this hotel based on reviews on Trip Advisor and I am so happy I choose this place. I traveled to Turkey by myself for a nice relaxing vacation and stayed at this hotel for a total of about 8 days while I was in Istanbul ( I traveled to a few other cities in Turkey during the middle of my two week vacation there.) If you like small boutique hotels (only has 7 rooms) at a great value then this is the place for you. Why I loved this place:
1) The staff: Everyone from the owner to the guys working the front desk and the cook were extremely friendly and kind to me while I was there. In particular, Erhan, who works at the front desk went above and beyond taking me and and two other guests at the hotel site-seeing around Istanbul or shopping on his off time. He didn't ask or request payment for his time. Over the entire stay I found him to be very helpful and fun to talk to. Even the owner was extremely friendly and once he invited me to have lunch with him and the staff one afternoon when I got back early from site-seeing.
**two stay fair and balanced, I will say that like all hotels if you ask them their opinion on site-seeing options they will promote tours offered by certain companies for which I am sure they get a commission. But as all hotels I've ever been too do this, this didn't bother me.
2) The rooms: The rooms are surprisingly large, clean and attractive. It appears as if the rooms have been recently renovated. I stayed in two of the rooms while I was there. They both had King size beds that were very comfortable. The rooms have all the basic amenities and they even provide you slippers to wear in your room. The first room I stayed in was on the first floor. The room is located behind the restaurant/lobby area. You pass through two doors to enter the room as a means of soundproofing. I will warn you that if you stay in that room, you definitely have to have the outer door closed or you will hear everything that is being said in the lobby. Also, the room is a little darker than the others because the window faces a wall that I think they stated is one of the old fortress walls that used to protect that part of Istanbul. The second room I stayed in, Rm. 201, is a great room in the back part of the hotel that has a large private terrace outside the room. I didn't really get to enjoy the terrace since it was a little cold to be sitting outside but I can see that it would be very enjoyable in the summer time. Be warned though that by private terrace I mean that it can only be accessed by 201 BUT the terrace faces the back end of apartments in the area so its not like you would go out there in your underwear or anything unless you want to give your neighbors a view....That being said, I have decided that that is the room for me if I go back.
**additional disclaimer, when taking a shower in the bathroom it is best to use the shower-head as a handheld device. If you mount it on the wall to use it stationery, you will get water all over the bathroom floor because the shower doesn't have a door, just a piece of glass that only extends just under half-way across the length of the shower.
**also, for those traveling in large groups, you should know that the hotel owns a large 3 bed room apartment on the next street over from the hotel which currently rents for 100 Euros a night. The flat was very secure with the top and bottom lock having 3 turns each to lock and there is a safe in each bedroom (the main hotel has safes in the room as well). Each bedroom has a king size bed so it easily sleeps 6 people comfortably. I had to stay in the flat the first night of my trip because the hotel was full. The flat was obviously recently renovated and was very attractive but at the time the kitchen was missing a microwave and there were no waste paper baskets. I pointed this out to the owner and I'm sure that has since been rectified. Lastly, because it is not located on the main property, it seemed that housekeeping has to be reminded to go there to clean (which I guess is okay if the point of a flat is to have more privacy). If I was traveling in a group, the flat would have been a great option.
3) The location: The hotel is located in the Sultanhamet district which is where many of the major culture sites are located such as the Blue Mosque and Haga Sofia. It is about a 5 minute walk to the tram stop and a nice relaxing walk (about 15 minutes) to the Bosphorus river.
- Also Known As:
- Millennium Hotel Istanbul