I'm not a 4-star hotel kind of girl. In most cases I really don't spend that much time in a hotel room, so as long as the room is clean, quiet and the staff is friendly and reliable, I'm happy. Mari Time goes well beyond that for around $100 US per night. My fiance and I were there for 9 days and they couldn't have been more accommodating. Definitely take them up on their one-way free airport transfer. They were there promptly as I cleared customs, and a welcome sight after 14+ hours on a plane.
Their continental breakfast is yummy with an assortment of hot items, fruit, breads and local fare. And the staff speaks English rather well, and was always helpful and willing to make suggestions or give directions.
Mari Time is within walking distance from all the major sites in the old city and convenient to public transpo if you want to take a Bosphorus cruise or go over to Taksim Square. There's many awesome restaurants within walking distance too -- and despite what I read in many guidebooks -- were open late into the night. Would definitely stay there again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Mari Time Hotel is one of Little Hagia Sophia most important Design Hotel situated at the heart of Istanbul historic peninsula; at the Roman empire's Hippodrome, the Ottomans' Concourse, or Turkey's Sultan Ahmet square - where remarkable history unfolds -Treat yourself to a dream whre the matchless beauty, dynamism and vitality of the megacity that joins the two continents, at Mari Time Hotel, known for its proximity to all historic and cultural spots at the city centre. With its concept architecture, exquisite decoration and HIP service, Mari Time Hotel offers appealing, custom-designed rooms. Historic sites such as Topkapi Palace, the Hagia Sophia Museum, the Basilica Cistern, the Blue Mosque ,Museum of Archaelogy, the Grand Bazaar and the Spice Bazaar are but a few steps away from our hotel, wich will ease your experience of the nearby shopping centres and Taksim Plaza,the hub of the city's famous nightlife, and unforgettable Bosphorus cruises. ... more less
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