I heard about this hotel from an article in the Guardian and when I saw the photos on the website, I was sold! When we made the booking it was completely booked bar the honeymoon suite which was 40 € more but since I was so set on this hotel we said yes. We booked the airport transfer, which made life a lot easier and enabled a smooth start to the weekend. The hotel has the most suitable location for the sightseeing tourist! So central, and still so quiet, and so beautifully restored. It is a very old building and where possible the owner preserved the original features. The modern additions are tasteful very appealing. The fellow travelers all seemed very pleasant and it is always a good sign if you see someone reading a book in the garden or playing chess in the sitting area. People obviously want to spend time here! There were couples, friends and families. The three hotel cats are adorable! The room was beautifully decorated, clean with a very large bed and the marble bathroom in a hammam style was simply amazing! We loved the almond soaps! The staff were so helpful with any of our questions, helped us, how to see all the sights and not end up going somewhere on a day that its closed and even made reservations for two restaurants in advance for us. They also helped us with their opinion there and did not let us down (see my review on Leb-I-Derya and Mikla). The breakfast in the morning was a good selection of continental foods with a Turkish influence. We loved the daily pomegranate! We were able to enjoy it in the garden on these gorgeous little marble tables. On the last day we just went up on the roof terrace with a last Efes and enjoyed the view over the Golden Horn and the Bosporus. It was so beautiful to sit there in the sun, peacefully reading a book, a perfect ending to a perfect weekend! It is the first time that I not only want to come back for the city, but also for the Hotel! We felt very well looked after, by incredibly friendly and kind people! We were very sad to leave. It could have not been a better stay.
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