We stayed at Serdar-i Ekrem 59 for a long weekend in Istanbul and it was a wonderful experience.
The location is great to explore Istanbul, the situation close to the Galata tower and the Istiklal shopping street makes it a great refuge to dive into Istanbul's nightlife (there are a couple of great restaurants within 10 minutes walking distance) and it's also quite close to the Galata bridge where you can cross descend into the tourist masses looking at ancient history. The great thing is that it's located in such a way that it isn't that crowded but you're still close to everything.
We had a wonderful experience at Serdar-i Ekrem 59. Zeynep was extremely helpful and made us feel very welcome. When we arrived she even lent us a rechargeable public transport card (seriously, Istanbul's public transportation system is awesome!) so we could get around and about with public transportation.
We had a room on the first floor which was stylishly decorated. The room was clean, although they didn't clean it every day (which was fine by us). Because of the location of the house there were only windows on the front of the room which made it a bit dark inside. In fact if we have to complain about something this would be the only thing but we understand that it's not something that can be fixed, I hope the higher up rooms have more windows.
All in all, it was a great couple of days and we would definitely stay here again when we're in Istanbul!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Serdar-i Ekrem 59 is a small, 5 story building situated in a trendy yet quiet street of Istanbul's Galata, Beyoglu district. The main street (Istiklal Caddesi), main squares (Tunel and Taksim), subway and tram stations are all found in two minutes walking distance. ... more less
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