We stayed here the last week of October 2011 - the weather was perfect - mostly sunny, some clouds, no rain, around 70 degrees (F).
Will definately stay here again.
Excellent location - 10 minute walk to the Grand Bazzar up hill, and 10 minute walk down hill to the Blue Mosque, Hippodrome, Hagia Sofia, and maybe 15 minute walk to Topkapi Palace. Main tram line just around corner on main road (but we didn't use the tram).There were practically no street vendors with their hard rug sales pitches (a few, but easily ignored).
Some street shops on road with tram, not really tourist oriented (pharmacy, restaurants, Turkish Bath, etc). Perfect view of Blue Mosque, Hagia Sofia, Topkapi Palace and Bosphorus Bridge from restraurant on top floor.
Good value for price. Great room on 4th floor - clean, comfortable, big, nice. Booked a double room, but got a triple room instead. It had a private balcony with table and chairs. From the balcony, could hear the call to prayer, but from inside the room it was only barely audible even in the late night and early morning. Small cozy hotel, with perhaps only 20 rooms, so not crowded. In older building, but very nicely furnished.
Friendly, courteous and helpful stuff - spoke excellent English (I don't speak Turkish other than hello and thank you).
Wonderful and very complete breakfast buffet included, located in the roof top restaurant with local dishes, as well as typical American breakfast items.
The only negative is that the safe in the closet was not screwed down. You could pick up and carry the entire safe with you. I'm sure they would have easily fixed it with a few screws if we had asked - we were only there a single night, so it was not an issue for us, and we forgot to mention it to them.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel Nena Istanbul, the luxury boutique hotel located at Sultanahmet. The magnificent historical places are nearby our hotel like Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace, Hagia Sophia, Basilica Cistern, Grand Bazaar and many more... In our hotel with our friendly employee we provide high quality service and Turkish hospitality to make you feel at home. Hotel Nena offers 29 guest rooms, including 2 deluxe rooms with a great Istanbul view. We serve excellent open buffet breakfast at our Terrace Restaurant before you start to explore historical peninsula. No need to search come and enjoy... ... more less
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