My husband and I just returned from our second visit to Istanbul. We stayed 5-nights at the recently renovated Recital Hotel with 6 of our friends. We were all pleasantly surprised. Upon our arrival we were greeted by the owner of the hotel and his wife. If you want to experience the hospitality that Turkey is famous for, stay at this hotel. The staff went above and beyond in making our stay comfortable. They were prompt in assisting with our requests; from directions to attractions, fresh bottles of water in our rooms to making dinner reservations, they were gracious and efficient. We had a 3:00 AM departure, long before breakfast was served, the staff provided espresso and sandwhiches for us to take with us. Our room was medium sized, quiet and clean, the bed was comfortable, all was in working order, toiletries were nice, towels were large. The hotel is tucked way about 5 minutes from the tram line in the main tourist area but has an off the beaten path feel. The buffet breakfast included with our stay was really nice. We experienced some local foods that were new to us; you must try the walnut jam and the eggs in yogurt. Things to note: great view from the roof top terrace, international clientele, bar service in lobby, great value. Is this place a luxury resort, no. It is a cozy, comfortable, modest, hotel that you will remember fondly when you think back on your stay in Istanbul. Loved this place.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Recital Hotel, located in the central part of the historical peninsula Sultanahmet, offers its luxury and hospitality to our guests. Most of the historical attractions of Istanbul are either within a few minute walk or can be easily reached by various means of transportation.Some of the most famous ones in the environs of Recital Hotel are St.Sophia, Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace, Underground Basilica Cistern, Grand Bazaar, Spice Bazaar, Ancient Hippodrome and Obelisk.Recital Hotel has 31 spacious and individually decorated guest rooms, including 3 Corner Suites, 2 Superior Sea View Rooms, 9 Superior Rooms, 3 Deluxe Rooms partial sea view and 14 Standard Rooms. All rooms have a private bathroom with bathtub or shower, free high-speed and wireless internet connection, hairdryer, direct dial telephone, flat screen HD Lcd TV, satellite system, minibar, self control heating/air-conditioning, and a safe box,tea/Coffe facilities and espresso facilities in the Superior Sea view,deluxe and corner suite rooms. The stylish rooms and luxurious amenities at the Recital Hotel make it an elegant sanctuary that shimmers with sophistication.The hotel has a fitness,a bussiness center and a terrace overlooking the Marmara Sea. ... more less
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