This is the most delightful hotel I have ever stayed in. The owners are two extremely pleasant brothers who go out of their way to make sure you are comfortable and to make sure you enjoy Istanbul. They are full of advice and useful tips, they will organise trips or tours; they change money for you; organise adaptors and chargers for electronic equipment; organise phone cards and/or top ups; they will take you to a store to make sure you are able to purchase exactly what you need; they will even purchase tours or trips for you using their own credit cards and do it all for no extra fees at all. And they provide a free transfer from the airport to the hotel if you stay 3 or more nights!!!! They made sure we had a very early breakfast one day, as we had a 6.30am tour pickup - so at 0600 we were able to have a special breakfast. They make you feel like you are a family friend and they treat you with friendliness, courtesy and respect.
The room we stayed in was spacious enough with an ensuite bathroom and it was all IMPECCABLY clean. Linen was changed out every day, toiletries were provided and were good quality. There is free wifi, but if you have problems with that, then there is a hardwired computer in the lounge which you can use freely.
Breakfasts are buffet style with about 10 different choices for everything - cereal, fruit, yoghurts, meats and cheeses, breads and cakes, coffee, tea, juices, toast; eggs or omelettes are cooked to order - it is a sumptuous breakfast every morning.
The rates are ridiculously reasonable for the quality of service that you will receive. The location is only about 200metres from the Blue Mosque, and from there to the Spice Market it is about 30 minutes pleasant walk. The hotel only servis breakfast and does not have a restaurant for other meals, but there are plenty of little restaurants around the area of the hotel, from a 30 second walk to 10 minutes walk, where you can have lunch and/or dinner.
It is really a home away from home.
We would definitely stay there again when we return to Istanbul. Thank you Omar and Ekrem - you helped to make our stay so enjoyable.
- 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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