The location of this hotel is fantastic - a short walk uphill to the HIppodrome and Blue Mosque; all the other major sights in Sultanahmet are then within a stone's throw of those two sights. This alone, and the price per night, should make you at least consider staying here if you're a tourist in town for a short time.
Saying that, the street the hotel is on is quite rundown - it didn't feel unsafe even at night, but it's not exactly a glamorous street. But then you're not far from the nice area around the HIppodrome. It's a somewhat quiet street in terms of traffic so it's ok but not ideal if you're a light sleeper.
The rooms are not very big and the furniture is basic but new, and therefore in good nick at the moment. Wifi signal was good and quite fast, at least while I was there.
Bear in mind that the hotel has been open less than 6 months and has a few things to improve; I relayed my views back to the friendly owners/receptionists, who welcome constructive criticism at this early stage. There were small details e.g. hot food is available at breakfast but as this isn't advertised, you don't know about it until someone remembers to ask you if you want hot food. Just an unintentional oversight on their part, not a deal breaker.
Oversights like that are easily rectified by this young hotel but the things that are harder to change - location, price point, determination and friendliness of staff - are all first class and what you'd expect from a good hotel.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Basileus Hotel will be the good choice as it is located footsteps from to Byzatine and Ottoman monuments such as St.Sophia (Ayasofya), Blue Mosque (Sultanahmet Camii), Grand Bazaar, Topkapi Palace, Hippodrome, Basilica Cistern, Turkish & Islamic Museum, Archaelogic Museum , Old Traditional Baths and it is also very closed to Taksim , modern part of the city . ... more less
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