I should preface this by saying that i had just spent 4 nights at a 5 star hotel overlooking the Bosphorus before moving here for the weekend. My groundfloor room had only a window into a light well, so it may as well have been underground. That it made it dark and depressing. But it was clean and fresh and well furnished. the bathroom was nice and well apppointed. The location is excellent for the sights of the old city. Note that you are likely to woken at 545am by mosque calls, but that is a ubiquitous problem in this wondrous city.
The breakfast was ok, nothing outstanding, but certainly did the jo. I was however quite disappointed by some very bad guidance by the chap at the front desk. I told him I wanted to eat Iskender Kebab and he suggested it wasnt available locally and I would need to to travel to Taksim! I was a bit surprised. I then found it at the Meat House restaurant across the road, and over the next 2 days found it was available at virtually every restaurant in the surrounding 2 blocks. I presume he just wanted me to travel to a restsurant with which he had soem affilitation. Very disappointing. Giving bad advice to travellers is not acceptable.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Situated in Istanbul’s Sultanahmet district, this small hotel is a 4-minute walk from Aya Sophia and the Blue Mosque. It offers guestrooms with free Wi-Fi and air conditioning. Set in a renovated Ottoman building, the rooms at Biz Cevahir Hotel Sultanahmet are non-smoking. They include elegant furnishings, and come equipped with a flat-screen TV and an iPod docking station. Fresh apples are also provided every day. Hotel cafe offers complimentary breakfast buffet that includes an extensive variety of both Western and Turkish dishes. Turkish tea is served to our guests free of charge throughout the day. Staff at the Biz Cevahir Hotel can help plan visits and excursions, book a tour or rent a car. They can also provide an airport shuttle service upon request, from either Ataturk or Sabiha Gokcen airports. ... more less
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