We stayed at the Grand Durmaz in March 2014. The hotel is located ~50M from the tram station "Aksaray", which is a 15 minute trip (four stops) from the Peninsula sites "Hayia Sofia" and the "Topkapı Palace".
The hotel is clean, quite and kept in good order. The staff were very friendly and helpful, in a courteous and sincere way. The place has the atmosphere of a small/family hotel.
The rooms are of good size and well equipped: The WiFi works; there's a mini-bar and room-safe and TV. The bathroom was large with separate shower and bath. The beds were
comfortable and clean.
The breakfast is good and plentiful - of the eastern type: no pancakes or fried eggs etc. from a more western style menu.
Overall, we thought it good value and a good place to stay for those looking for a base for moving about Istanbul.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- GRAND DURMAZ HOTEL Grand Durmaz is a brand new hotel in the heart of old town and within an easy walking distance to Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque,Grand Bazaar, Topkapi Palace and Basilica Cistern. Remnants of the historical style from the Seljuk and Ottoman periods are blended with modern architecture for Grand Durmaz's fabulous design that suits the Historical Peninsula.Grand Durmaz Hotel serve the best and provides top quality 4 stars hospitality. 51 Elegant Guestrooms, including 1 Royal Suite, 1 Suite ,10 Deluxe rooms ,2 family and 37 Standart rooms. 24 hours Business Center Airport Service Fully Equipped Meeting facilitiesValide Roof Restaurant with examples traditional and international cuisines. Free wireless internet connection in all rooms and public areas. In room safe 250 sqm Spa and Fitness Center ... more less
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