The position could not be better. Close to the "must sees", the tram, a host of shops and restaurants and for an escape, Gulhane Park directly opposite.
The 2BR apartment was clean and comfortable with large bedrooms and adequate living space. Self catering was easy with a good supermarket within an easy walk for food, beer and wine. Small food shops are lined along Marudive Hudavingar, some offering "take away" including doner kabab. Unfortunately the kitchen utensils, pots and pans were only just passable for anythig more than basic although the microwave helped.
There are many restaurants in the area with very reasonably priced menus. Montana, immediately below the apartments was as good as any and the staff was very accommodating, reasonably willing to change the menu to suit individuals. Wine in restaurants is comparatively expensive although we found it was possible to negotiate on quality and price and even BYO wine.
The obvious top sites- Haghia Sophia, Blue Mosque and Topaiki Palace are very close, so visit later in the day to miss the crowds. The Palace has fabulous separate collections including the Harem, Treasury, Privy Chamber and Kitchens and these may have their own queues. Also close and equally worth a visit are the Basilica Cistern, Spice Markets (we think better than the grand Bizarre) and the Archeological Museum which is just across the street and has sensational exhibits.
Because it’s so central the area is noisy particularly with trams squealing around the corner just below the window and call to prayer from the mosque next door but we thought this part of the local appeal.
We stayed 5 full days and didn’t go further than 2 stops on the tram to fill this time with really top activities so if want to see other parts stay longer.
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