We booked a suite direct with the hotel for a four night stay. The Hotel matched the price given by the cheapest tour operator and included an airport pick-up. The pick-up was not essential as taxis appear to be metered and regulated, but it is always nice to have a smooth transfer to the hotel in an unknown city.
The hotel itself is in the old town and the area is a complex of small narrow streets. Don't be put off by this as the outside is a little daunting.
The staff in the hotel are very pleasant, have good English and helpful. There is an introduction to the tours available (isn't there everywhere) but no pressure whatsoever to buy these. As the transport system is very cheap, and I mean cheap, it is very easy to negotiate the city and its sights yourself.
The hotel beds are amongst the best we have experienced. Bigger than king size and very firm.
The breakfast in the hotel is very continental so don't expect bacon and all the trimmings. There is also a table set out so that you can help yourself to fruits, biscuits, water, fruit juice, tea, coffee and cakes throughout the day.
The evening meal is cheap by European standards but dear by local comparisons. Having said this we tried both and the little extras, free drinks and appetisers in the hotel, level the playing field.
The only downside with the hotel is the noise from building work nearby. We could see some building work but the noise didn't appear to be coming from this location. it was only problematic during the day if you wanted a nap but it it is worth checking when it will be completed as another writer mentioned it in June on this site.
All in all a good four day stay in a pleasant city.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Rose Garden Suites have only 15 luxury rooms with a unique design of Turkish architecture. The hotel is located just a few steps from the world wide famous Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace and Grand Covered Bazaar. The hotel gets its name because of the roses in the garden. There is a wide range of roses that have been collected from all around Turkey. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Rose Garden Suites Istanbul Hotel Istanbul