This hotel is in an excellent location if you're into visiting the old city. It's off the main strip, but only by a few steps, so it's quiet without being too far from the action. Not that there is a lot of action other than a strip of shops and restaurants. Reminds me of a small town main street. Poem is just a short walk from two of the major tourist attractions of the area, the Blue Mosque and the Hagia Sofia, both of which are on either side of Sultanhamet square which is a fun place to hang out and people watch, day or night. Also at Sultanhamet square is a Tram stop so you can easily access public transportation after a short walk from the hotel.
The service from the staff was fine. Arma (I think that's how you spell his name), the night desk clerk, Selma (day desk clerk) and Adrian (manager) were all very nice and helpful giving directions, calling taxis. They were all really pleasurable to deal with. My flight arrived early (about 6:30AM) and my room was availabe. Arma checked me in and I wasn't charged any extra money. Very nice.
The hotel itself is very quaint and reminds me of a Bed and Breakfast or a small boutique hotel. Tastefully decorated, with an awesome terrace where you eat breakfast or as I did, worked on my laptop and had a beer or three.
My room was fine, nice clean and modern. The bed was fine too. One thing, it is a very very small room. Everything was in miniature. Very close quarters. The shower stall was tiny. Probably 80 centimeters by 80 centimeters. I'm an average sized guy with a slight beer belly and I found it very tight. So if you've got some girth, I would suggest another hotel.
Only other minor complaint I have is the variety of the breakfast. I was there for 4 days and 3 nights, and the breakfast barely changed at all. Having said that, what was served was very nice, particularly a feta, sesame and dill mixture that was delicious.
Definitely recommended if you're not too large of a person.
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