We stayed at the Basileus hotel for 4 nights (1st to 5th February 2014). We can just describe the experience as the best we've had in the last few years travelling to different capital cities in Europe and staying at much more expensive hotels.
First, we booked a triple room, and it certainly was a triple: three equally comfortable individual beds, not the usual extra bed, which is smaller than the others and quite uncomfortable.
Second, we had problems with our luggage, so when we finally tried to find the driver who had come to the airport to drive us to the hotel (free ride offered booking directly at the hotel website), he was no longer at the airport (it was about 45 minutes later than we were expected). No problem: we phoned and immediately the receptionist told us they would come again in about 15 minutes, and they did!)
Third, since we had no luggage, we decided to make the most of our stay the rest of the evening in a place where we needed nothing on: a Turkish bath: we had the intention to go to Cemberlitas, but the receptionist recommended us a 'proper' Turkish bath, and it was truly so: not the one especially designed for tourists, but a very cheap (about 18 euros/ 3people) and clean one and it was only a 5-minute walk from the hotel.
Not only he recommended us the Turkish bath, but also when we enquired where to change our euros into Turkish liras to pay for it, he told us to wait until we went to Grand Bazaar because change fees were much better there and... he lent us 200 liras and told us to return it when we changed our money, no rush!
They also kindly printed our boarding pass because we had some problems downloading them on our mobiles, so we could do it from the computer at the reception.
Of course, any question or recommendation you ask for, they help you immediately... So perfect people, perfect place, perfect location... what else can anyone ask for for only 60euros a night for a triple room?
- 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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