Mavi Guesthouse has the best location, right near Topkapi Palace, 5-10 min walking to the Hagia Sophia & Blue Mosque, and less than 10 min walking to the Sultanahmet tram stop, convenient for the 3 weeks we spent in Istanbul. Maybe it's because we're a quiet sort of couple (not into the night scene or too much socializing) but the owner seemed a bit distant while we were there, and didn't prove very helpful when we were having trouble with our bus booking except to tell us we should've booked through them instead (uh, well, it was too late...). The rest of the staff was wonderful, very friendly and welcoming. Carolina taught me how to play backgammon. When the lock on our private room broke, they responded quickly by having the lock replaced by the next day. When our heater wasn't working, they brought in a portable one within 10 min. But, as you can see, the guesthouse strikes me as an older house, prone to things breaking (the bathroom lock & toilet broke at different times). If you're short, taking a shower is kind of difficult since the hooks to hang clothes on were WAY out of my reach (and I don't fancy walking around wrapped only in a towel). The room we had was a bit small & the wifi was intermittent, but we don't need much & the common area had fast-enough wifi. The breakfast was the same each day but very good and you can have as much as you want so it's good to fill up for a long day of sight-seeing. It's a good value for the price we paid.
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- Mavi Guesthouse Hotel Istanbul