The delightful Hotel Perula became a home away from home for us during our time in Istanbul.
We stayed at Perula three times over the course of our three & 1/2 weeks away, in transit between other destinations. While Perula is only a small, boutique hotel, with quite cosy rooms, and fairly basic facilities by international hotel standards, it felt like a welcoming, friendly and comfortable place to come home too each time we returned.
The two absolute best things about the hotel are it's superb locale and the friendly, warm, welcoming, and helpful management and staff. Located a 5 minute walk to the north, and literally at the end of the hotel's street (Peykhane sk) you find yourself in the precinct of the Grand Bazaar, Nurosmaniye mosque, shops, cafe's, pedestrians, tourists, traffic, and the Cemberlitas tram stop. While, literally 1 minutes walk south to the plaza reveals the Blue mosque, the Hippodrome and the Hagia Sofia museum. It's easy to see why this hotel was fully booked each time we stayed.
The front desk management and staff were particularly friendly and helpful, happy to chat, help with directions or resolve travel queries, and to help us practice our few Turkish words. A welcoming "Gunidin, Nusisin?" and corresponding "Eim" ("Good Morning, How are you?" "I am well"), or simple "Merhaba" ("Hello") were always exchanged warmly by both parties. The duty managers spoke great English which helped us Aussies. We were able to store luggage in between stopovers, albeit in a downstairs corridor, and availed ourselves of the traditional marble hamam, a luxury in this little hotel.
The rooms were 'cosy', but also adequate in size (we stayed in far smaller, less suitable places), well laid out, warmly furnished, and welcoming, and the beds supremely comfortable, easily the best of the whole trip, and we stayed in at least 6 other equivalent hotels. The bathroom was well laid out and adequate, and a lovely spacious shower was a treat. No complaints on that front. The only thing I would have wished for was a kettle in the room, for a cup of tea - sometime you just don't feel like going out for it.
Other than that the only other things I would alter would be to improve the quality of the breakfasts and the coffee, from a Nescafe machine as was often the case in equivalent places, but freshly brewed filtered coffee, and a toaster, and some nicer quality sliced meats and perhaps some stewed fruits, apricots and figs, etc would have been greatly appreciated. The cooked food could have been kept warm - it was in bain-marie dishes but with no heat applied underneath nothing stayed warm (this is not a complaint limited to Perula but applied to virtually every hotel we stayed in across Turkey).
All in all, I would recommend the Perula wholeheartedly, and will certainly stay there next time we're in Istanbul. There are other more expensive and spacious places you could stay, of course, but the welcoming and comfortable atmosphere and terrific location can't be beaten. Thanks so much to all the staff who made our stays at Perula so enjoyable!
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