We stayed at the House Hotel Bosphorus for 3 nights and enjoyed our stay. We would definitely recommend the hotel to others, particularly because of the outstanding service and great Bosphorus views.
Arrival - We booked private airport transfers through the hotel. It was 98 euros each way for a Mercedes E class transfer. We thought it was a bit pricey but the driver was very prompt and professional. Throughout our stay in Istanbul, we realized that the taxi and tour drivers we encountered were the angriest, most impatient drivers and yelled at everyone on the road. Therefore, it was nice that the hotel uses a professional, courteous transfer company. Upon arrival at the hotel, the staff was very friendly and provided a brief tour of the hotel and room.
Service - Impeccable. Throughout our stay, the front desk staff was very helpful and friendly. They were happy to make reservations for us and provide recommendations. If we needed directions, they would even walk outside with us to point out the directions.
Rooms - We booked a suite overlooking the Bosphorus. It had a separate sitting room, bedroom area and two small balconies overlooking the Bosphorus and the Ortakoy Mosque. The rooms were clean with nice decor. The bathrooms were a bit small but clean and functional. They provided plenty of free bottled water in the room and had free wifi.
Location - The hotel is located next to many restaurants and bars in the Ortakoy neighborhood. A bit far from the tourist attractions in Old City (could be up to 45 minutes or so by taxi in traffic), but there were many restaurants and bars in the area. There is also an area next to the hotel with various jacket potato and waffle vendors, which are very popular in Ortakoy. The hotel is right next to the Ortakoy Mosque. The mosque (like other mosques through Turkey) has a call to prayer 5 times a day that is done over the loudspeaker. Because it was so close, the call to prayer would wake us up early in the morning each day. Also, we could hear the music until late into the night each night because there are some popular clubs nearby.
Breakfast - This was included in the room rate. While there was a good selection, we noticed there were flies buzzing around a lot of the food items. They also did have a menu that you could order additional items from, such as omelettes and waffles. We didn't think the food was that great, but it was on par with other places we stayed at in Turkey.
Overall, we enjoyed our stay and would recommend the hotel. However, we did have issues with noise both from the clubs nearby and from the mosque that affected our sleep.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The House Hotel Bosphorus is a landmark building built in late 19th century with magnificent views of the Bosphorus. Renovated by the internationally acclaimed design firm Autoban, the historical building has been transformed into a design boutique hotel. With its original features that have been restored, the Hotel combines historical glamour with contemporary design. The Ortakoy area where the Hotel is located is a lively area with restaurants, cafes and a wide range of stores. A few strokes away from The House Hotel Bosphorus is the landmark Ortakoy Mosque which is constructed on its own platform in the Bosphorus and offers almost 360 degree view. ... more less
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