My husband and I have travelled all over the world, and our stay at Neorion was perhaps the most pleasant and generally "above and beyond" experience we have ever had at a hotel. Coupled with the fantastic location---steps from the Blue Mosque and other amazing attractions of Sultanahmet, with gorgeous views from the 6th floor terraces---and reasonable price, I can't recommend Neorion highly enough for a wonderful stay while in Istanbul.
One thing: given the windy streets around Sultanahmet, the hotel is a bit tricky to find from the airport (don't rely on GPS), so be sure to take advantage of their one free ride to or fro at that point. We had friends pick us up, and when we couldn't figure out where to go, we called the hotel and they had a very nice member of staff come to our our location (!) and guide us back. When we arrived, we were taken to the comfortable bar area by Loreta, given a drink, maps and an overview of the area. Loreta then made some recommendations for dinner and made a reservation at a delicious restaurant a short walk from the hotel, serving wonderfully prepared old-school Ottoman dishes. Our room on the 3rd floor was fine, but in hopes of a view we requested to be put on a higher floor if a room came available; the next day they put us on the 5th floor, and the day after that on the 6th floor in a specialty suite (highly recommended!) at no extra charge. I will never forget listening to the call to prayers reverberating over the astonishingly beautiful landscape, birds swooping in the air.
More generally, no matter what we asked, the response was always, 'Yes, of course we can do that', and really, the staff could not be nicer or more pleasant. Beyond the fantastic service, the breakfast spread is outstanding---they even have a honeycomb---as is the afternoon/early evening 'meze' of appetizers. Do not hesitate: reserve a room (on the 6th floor with a view, if possible), and enjoy the incredible hospitality and location of this gem of a hotel.
- 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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