Charming boutique hotel that is as central as it gets; in the Sirkeci neighborhood just a ten minute stroll from the Aya Sofya, Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace, the waterfront and the Spice Market. The hotel is on a little side street just off the "tram" (trolley, metro) line, among dozens of little restaurants. The neighborhood is lively but safe and entertaining at all hours. Location is as good as I've ever had in a big, big city.
The hotel itself is beautiful; clean lines and lots of wood and marble, understated but rich. Check-in was a treat, as they had us sit in the "living room" (very comfortable lobby) and served us a drink of our choice as the concierge walked us through the amenities (including breakfast each morning; a cute little spa, pool and massage area in the basement; and a rooftop terrace with drinks served every afternoon and views of the whole city); and oriented us with a useful map. Then we got to our room -- a nicely-sized "triple room" overlooking the front door of the hotel (on the side street -- very quiet with the windows closed), Juliette balcony, soft cotton robes, etc . . . super accommodation for three nights.
The hotel is part of a small group of boutique hotels, restaurants and cafes, all in the area. We ate at three of their sister properties -- Imbat, Pazagade and Red River (yep, complete with pretty good fajitas) -- and can recommend them.
But back to the service. When we checked in we advised the concierge that we had a very early flight on our day of departure, could they arrange for transport to the airport? Not only did they do that -- complimentary because we were staying three nights -- but she offered to have breakfast available and served to us, either in our room or in the hotel's dining area. At 3:00 am. Sure enough, the morning of our departure, at 3:00 am staff was up and serving the breakfast items we had selected, plus coffee, tea, juice. When our transport arrived at 3:30, we were fed and ready to start the 32-hour journey home.
We loved Istanbul and hope to return. We'd easily stay here again. If TripAdvisor had six "dots," I'd award them to the Neorion.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Neorion Hotel is at the very center of Istanbul's history and culture, ancient and modern. Named for Byzantium's grand port (see the map) on the Golden Horn, it welcomes visitors from around the world just as the port did in the great days of Constantinople. Neorion is more than a comfortable travelers' refuge in the heart of the city. It was conceived and designed to honor and reflect all of the cultures who have enriched the city and its empires. To stay here is to learn and enjoy the cultures, cuisines, arts and traditions of all the travelers who have come before you.The hotel's 53 guest rooms and suites bring the past to life, with all modern comforts. The swimming pool, Turkish bath, massage spa, cultural library, and museum-quality decorative arts are supplemented with complimentary fine arts musical performances, cuisine demonstrations and cultural events exclusively for hotel guests. Stay with us! Experience all of Istanbul, ancient and modern, right where you live, and just outside our door. ... more less
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