My boyfriend and I travelled to Turkey in June of this year. The hotel is clean and modern with all the amenities that one needs.
We had booked our room months in advance and had made a special note that we would be arriving early in the morning. We were very surprised to be shown to a tiny room (more like a cupboard) that didn't have a window!
The room was so small, we had to play hop-scotch to move around our luggage to get to and from the bathroom. Once in the bathroom, it was so small you basically had to stand on the toilet to close the door (I landed up cutting my foot open when trying to close the door one morning). Our room was also on the first floor which means that we could hear every sound that came from the lobby (the flushing of the lobby toilet wasn't very pleasant either).
The staff were not helpful at all when we arrived at the hotel early and requested to check-in (we left our luggage at the hotel and explored the city until check-in), they were just about as helpful when we requested a room change.
Despite how I might come across, this hotel was not all bad. The view from the breakfast room is absolutely unbeatable and the location is pretty much ideal.
It is a super short walk from the train station (Sultanahmet) and is centrally located between the major attractions like the Blue Mosque and the Grand Bazaar.
My advice is this: should you decide to stay at this hotel, make doubly sure to confirm that you do not have a room on the first floor and that your room has a window!
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- Hotel Arcadia Blue, in the heart of Istanbul! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Arcadia Hotel Istanbul