Having spent four weeks in different budget accommodations in Turkey with dirty showers and broken sleep, we decided to get something a bit nicer so that we could relax and recharge for a night before our long flight back to Australia.
The hotel itself is lovely for those who like boutique style accommodation. The rooms are nicely designed with a good feel. I will say though that I expected a little more for the price. Value probably isn't an issue for the clientele here, who seem to be mostly older well-to-do American and British tourists. We booked a deluxe garden suite in the Chez Zoe building which is one of the more expensive rooms. The room was clean and spacious, had a comfy bed, and a beautiful marble bathroom with a nice big shower. We also noticed that since our room was on the top floor, it was fairly quiet compared to the pumping bar scene that goes on in the streets below. We felt that it wasn't really
a 'deluxe' experience though, and not very good value for money. Might sound fussy, but it lacked the feminine touch.
Incidentally, we were woken up early in the morning by a dripping sound. Turns out a leaky pipe in the ceiling meant that water had seeped through the roof and made a puddle on our bed. Tired and frustrated we called reception to see if we could get someone to come and possibly flip our bed and provide some dry sheets so that we could go back to sleep. Housekeeping never came, even after visits to the reception, but we were offered an extra late checkout and a discount on the room rate. The staff had a pretty good attitude about it all and were very apologetic about the leak.
Breakfast was decent - a selection of fresh breads, spreads, savouries and sweets with coffee or tea upon request.
Some small suggestions for the hotel:
- better toiletries (maybe include some conditioner, body lotion, cotton buds or something)
- nicer towels
- better plumbing!
- investigate the crow nesting on the roof terrace (my husband was swooped leaving cuts on his head)
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- Also Known As:
- Empress Zoe Hotel Istanbul