Across from the beautiful Sea of Marmara at the southern opening to the Strait of Bosphorus, this hotel is a charming place with clean, fresh, and up-to-date rooms. The patio of the hotel, nestled into the old city wall, overlooks the sparkling water and serves as outdoor seating for the restaurant and cafe--could it get more romantic? Next time I take the spouse! I was happy to sit for hours with a glass of wine, just watching the ships. The staff is friendly and helpful, the breakfast bountiful to the point of almost excess! If I had to say anything less than superlative, the rooms were compact. Walk out the back door and up the hill, and you are plumb in the middle of the old town with Hagia Sophia, the Blue Mosque, the palace-museum, the Grand Bazaar ... all these top tourist attractions and more a colorful walk away through neighborhoods filled with interesting shops and eateries. (A word to the wise, though: away from the serene security of the hotel, western women unaccompanied by men are subject to verbal taunts and even worse in crowded public areas such as the tram.)
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- Also Known As:
- Best Western Istanbul
- Istanbul Best Western