The Minel hotel is somewhere between a hostel and a hotel.
There's private rooms, but they are small. This is reflected in the price. Do not expect the Hilton!
Having said that, the location is absolutely amazing. 1 minute walk to the tram lines and then connections to the underground are perfect.
You are also a beautiful 5 minute walk from the square which adorns Hagia Sophia and the Blue Mosque. This is a wonderful area of Istanbul.
There are lots of nice shops, restaurants and things to see and do everywhere.
The basilica cistern opposite the square is also an amazingly cool little gem to stick your head into.
The service at Minel was tremendous. Ezra and Mehmet were very helpful in all regards. The only problem was having to pay cash at the end due to their machine being down, but we just got more Euros out at the next city, so would only be a problem if you didn't have the $ on you (maybe ask the day before etc).
The rooms are cosy, enough space for a bed, bags, shower and toilet. Clean and fine. Istanbul is a city where you probably aren't going to be spending much time in your hotel room, but more out enjoying the great city!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- We are a fresh, modern and elegant hotel nestled within awe inspiring and unparalleled surroundings of Sultanahmet. We are a small hotel designed with tastefully decorated rooms with your personal needs in mind. You will find yourself immersed in a truly unique and magical atmosphere, providing outstanding Turkish hospitably to make you feel at home.In the heart of the oldest part of the city, you will enjoy simple but elegantly appointed rooms, wake up to a fresh Turkish buffet breakfast and can take a morning walk or run in the Gulhane Park where you will feel like you are in the forest, but in the heart of the city. From our doorstep you can take a stroll on cobblestone streets and enjoy the most fascinating and historically important areas of the worlds great cities. The looming architecture of the famous Aya Sophia, the historical Topkapi Palace, and the eloquent Blue Mosque and Basilica Cistern all within a 2 minute walk. ... more less
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