We recently stayed at the Recital Hotel located in Sultanahmet. The location was terrific, close to all the attractions but somehow quietly removed from the hubbub. We had reserved a room with a balcony and when we arrived, it was not available. We were given a larger suite but being the persnickety traveler I am, when the room with a balcony became available the next day the staff kindly moved my things to the balcony room while I was out eating, shopping, sightseeing and loving all the things that Istanbul is. We were not disappointed. The room had an expansive balcony that looked out over the sea. At night we sat out at the table and chairs and watched the lights of the ships cast a shimmery glow over the water. It was not the expansive, total water view but somehow made Istanbul seem personal and present.
The bathrooms were clean and elegant with very nice amenities. The staff was helpful and friendly and despite the snafu with the booking, they more than made up for it during our stay. Breakfast was above average and had the usual assortment of Turkish and Western items. The servers there were perhaps less than enthusiastic but it's only breakfast and the food was fresh and delicious.
Overall, it was a terrific value with better beds, linens and amenities than most others in this price range.
- 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 the Obelisk of Theodosius. 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, a safe box and tea/coffee facilities. 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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