Despite having pre-paid for the Mari Time hotel, I just had to get out of there. The nearby Hotel Albinas has no stars although I believe it to be a 5 star at a bargain price. Location in "Old Istanbul" couldn't be better. Attention to detail in this hotel is remarkable and everything is meticulously clean. Rooms are small, although comfortable (in our case for 2 adults and a 14 yo). Everything is white and reminded me of high-end Parisian hotels. There's an elevator and everyone can have refreshments or bring their breakfast (which has Turkey typical, but also Western style - eggs scrambled, omelettes, French toast and plenty of fruits) to view the Blue Mosque on one side and the Marmara Sea on the other...nighttime viewing is breathtaking. For a little extra, there are 3 larger rooms with terraces and views of the Marmara Sea.They're so polite, that they wouldn't even dare to post a sign such as "don't flush paper down the toilet". So many "working" outlets to recharge accessories. The staff is the most friendly I've encountered anywhere, especially Hezmet, Hussein and Murad. Don't miss out before this becomes a pricey place to lodge.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Albinas' rooms have a balcony or terrace with views of the Blue Mosque and the Sea of Marmara. Guests can enjoy breakfast in the lounge or on the courtyard. With free Wi-Fi and air conditioning, all rooms at Albinas Hotel Old City are decorated in style with their parquet floors and white tones. Each room includes satellite LCD TV and extra long beds. The white-coloured breakfast lounge offers a bright setting to start the day with an extensive buffet. The adjoining bar serves drinks and has a flat-screen TV to watch sports games and the news. The 24-hour reception staff offers a shuttle service to Ataturk Airport, 15 km away. Sultanahmet Square, the Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia are all located within 100 metres from the property. Habitaciones del hotel: 28. ... more less
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