We stayed at the hotel for 8 nights and had a room at the back of the hotel, so noise was not an issue. Whilst the rooms are small they are more than adequate, very clean, comfortable and functional. The location of the hotel, whilst on a main thoroughfare, is excellent within easy walking to the main attractions and to the port for a ferry to the Asian side or a Bosphorus cruise. Ignore all the street cruise vendors and take a Turyol (government) boat for the cruise. The tram stop for a tram to Beyoglu and Kabatas for the Dolmabache Palace or to Chora for the Church of St Saviour (under restoration) is 3 minutes walk from the hotel. The rooftop Ambit restaurant is first class with good food and excellent service to go with the spectacular view. What gives the hotel 5 stars are the staff and the location. In all departments the staff were friendly, knowledgeable and most helpful -the guests were their priority. On check in we were given a drink and a guided tour on the map of Istanbul as to suggestions for visits. It has no pretensions of grandeur but is an excellent base to explore such a fascinating city.
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- Also Known As:
- Orient Express Istanbul
- Hotel Orient Express
- Orient Express Hotel Istanbul