We had read mixed reviews about this hotel before we booked it, so we didn't have high expectations. We chose it for 3 reasons: Location in the Heart of Taksim, it had an outdoor swimming pool, and it was more affordable that the 5 stars hotels.
So for the above 3 reasons, it fitted well what we were looking for, and I would totally recommend it for that.
What we disliked is the smell that fills the whole hotel the moment you enter it. It is a combination of cigarette smoke, with the anti-smoke deodorant that they put to remove the odor ( obviously unsuccessfully ) mixed with a breeze of mold smell probably from the old carpet and the old pipes throughout the hotel).
The first room we got, looked ok at first, but after we flushed the toilet a couple of time, a very bad smell came out from the bathroomt , probably from a plumbing problem due the old age of the hotel. Luckily they agreed to change our room after we asked housekeeping to come up and smell it themselves. The second room did not have any problem. (If the hotel was full at that time, and they couldn't change the room, it would have been a real problem because the smell was unbearable). So keep in mind that this is a risk you might be taking knowing that it is an old hotel.
The rooms are small, but you would expect that if you are in a downtown area.
The bed is a little hard, and they only give you 2 thin pillows.
Free internet in lobby and rooms, this is a great plus.
The people at check-in do their work professionally, they speak average English, but don't expect them to go out of their way with friendliness.
The outdoor swimming pool on the roof is small, but clean and beautiful. They even have a snack bar next to it where you can order drinks and food.
It has a Spa and turkish bath that you can pay to use, but we did not use it, so I can't rate it.
Breakfast buffet is very rich and food is very good.
Our allover experience with this hotel was good, and I would say that this hotel had its "Golden Age" 15 years ago, and now it needs major renovation to get 5 star rating.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Golden Age Hotel is situated in the center of Istanbul in the Taksim district which is famous for its history, nature and archaeological sights amazing people during the centuries . You will be welcomed with the traditional Turkish hospitality and 4 stars service and quality. Being placed in Talimhane our hotel is near to the historical peninsula with its amazing sights. At the same time the Golden Age Hotel being placed near to the companies' offices and convention centers and providing free Internet connection is an ideal place for business trips. The hotel is very well-situated and has 3 conference halls. It provides the opportunities for the organization of all types of meetings. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Goldenage 1 Istanbul