Recital Hotel is off a nice quiet side street, but only blocks away from the major attractions. I had only a 24 hour layover in Istanbul while returning to the US from work in Georgia. I checked my large suitcase at the airport left luggage counter and took my carry-on with me on the metro and tram (transfer to the tram at the Zeytinburnu metro stop, and then ride the tram to the Çemberlitaş stop. The hotel is just a couple of blocks down Piyer Loti Street or any of a few other side streets just past the tram stop). I was able to walk easily to everything, come back for little rests, and go right back out again, including late in the evening to see all the sights lit up for nighttime. The hotel is located between the Grand Bazaar and the Blue Mosque/Hagia Sofia area, so either direction is just a few moments' walk. (It's also easy to get to the Grand Bazaar just as it is opening in the morning, when it is much more peaceful and the shopkeepers are busy with their morning tea and papers but still nearby if you need help.) The hotel staff were very kind and accommodating, and I was given a lovely room with a view. The room was comfortable, clean, and nicely decorated, and the AC worked great, as did the wifi. The roof terrace really is peaceful and beautiful. I recommend watching the sunset up there and hearing the call to prayer go up all over the neighborhood from the different mosques. I plan to stay here on my next trip.
- 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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