Stayed here two nights in Istanbul.
Taxi from IST was about 40t+tip. It's a boutique hotel so you don't get a rooftop view of the mosque like some other places, but we didn't feel like we lost out (1.5/10 on the annoying scale). Room itself was facing backside of building, nothing special.
Location was fairly good (sultana met area, 7mins walk uphill to blue mosque , then hagia Sofia & topkapi palace). Pass by a farmers market on Wednesdays in high season.
Bathrooms worked. Moderate amount of space, clean beds, strong wifi internet, great breakfast every morning (omelettes to order, grrrreat).
The staff are particularly nice--gave us maps, directions, advice on where to go and what to avoid (ie. The may1 protests at taksim square), even called around to arrange a restaurant that would store our luggage on the kadikoy(Asia) side on our way to sabitha gockicen airport. This type of "how do we make our sightseeing + transportation happen" assistance really saved us on our final travel day.
We wish to repay their friendliness with a positive review here, and would recommend them to friends and family. We won't blindly endorse basileus for every situation , but It's priced about right for their amenities, and should be on your short list. Would be happy to answer any questions about our experiences with them as well.
- 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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