This hostel/hotel has the potential to be so much better.
We chose it based on price and location, and the fact it had a rooftop terrace with views to the Bosphorous.
It was difficult to find, taxi driver couldn't find, but after going twice round the block, I spotted it, just off the main street.
The price was good, the location was excellent, 5-10 minutes walk (on a steep hill) from the river and the ferries across to Eminonu and beyond. Close to the Galata Bridge. It was within walking distance of the wonderful Galata Tower, a must for panoramic views of the city.
But we were very disappointed in the room. It had a double bed, but the room wasn't really big enough to accomodate that, leaving no room to even walk around the bed. The foot of the bed was inches from the wall. In order for the person sleeping on far side to get out of bed, they had to do so from nearside, disturbing their partner.
As soon as you walk in the door, the bed is just one step away. There was very little room to lay down your luggage, so you had to use the wardrobe.
Both of us were bitten by bed bugs!
We had a room with an en suite toilet. and a shower, which was totally inadequate, (no shower cabinet = wet bathroom floor) but we were able to use a shared shower facility, located in the corridor.
We never got a good night's sleep due to workmen outside in street who got started work ridiculously early
The breakfast was poor. Basically it was a cold salad consisting of tomatoes, cucumber, a very pink processed looking salami , olives, feta cheese, bread and butter.
We asked for English tea, were told " no, none". This turned out to be incorrect, as we spoke to a lovely English speaking receptionist next day who told us that yes of course we do have English Tea.
We also asked for toast, again, " no, we don't do". So, we made do with bread and butter. The bread was very nice, crusty bread.
We had booked b&b for 4 days, but after 1st day never ate brekafast there again.
There were 6 floors, no lift, and the rooftop terrace was on 7th floor, quite a trek.
The manager who greeted us on arrival was pleasant and smiling, the receptionist girl was an asset to the hotel, very helpful and informative, but the elderly man who served breakfast, spoke little English, could not communicate effectively with guests.
If, No.... When, I return to Istanbul, (as the city is beautiful and deserves a return visit), I may choose this area, but not this hotel.
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