This hotel is actually called As Hotel (as named outside the hotel itself). It is small. Accommodations are very basic (feels a bit like a youth hostel), but the location is wonderful for all who want to be at walking distance from the main sights in the old and new istanbul. This hotel is in the new part of istanbul. Within 20 mins walking one reaches the Galata Tower. Taksim Square is but 3 mins away. Walking to the Galata bridge, to the spice and Grand Bazars, to the Blue Mosque and beyond is all possible, enjoyable even (takes a good hour if not stopping but great to do several stops along the way to have food, tea, shop...).Public transportation is very easy to hop on and off of. Istiklal Caddesi, the main street from which this hotel is off shooting from, is an experience within itself. Only 2 mins walk from the hotel with everything and anything you can think of shopping for or eating.
A big warning, however: this place is loud! Regardless what day of the week you visit and stay at the hotel, it sounds and feels like you are outside. Not optimal if you visit with children. For me and my partner it was no problem. By the time we made it back each day we were beat from the walking so nothing would have kept us up.
Staff are really nice, although only one or two speak English. Hasan, the assistant manager, speaks perfect English and is a perfect host. Ask for him if you need any support or write him an email at the hotel email address.
All in all, I suggest this hotel. At 60 euros a night for two with breakfast (although simple) included, we would definitely come back again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Looking for a cheap hotel in a Great Location? Especially for night life? Not only clean and cheap, but our staff are also incredibly friendly and helping.''ASh Hotel Budget Hotel Taksim Istanbul'' only a few minutes away from Taksim Square is the hub of modern Istanbul and is the main shopping and entertainment area. ... more less
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