We had no knowledge of this hotel until having it recommended to us by AVIOS. We hadn't asked for a hotel transfer from the Airport, since our 5-night stay apparently didn't entitle us to one: another time we would ask, since, with sizeable luggage, the only practical alternative is some form of taxi. Once we were there, the staff went out of their way to be helpful - dealing with luggage, briefing etc.: later in our visit we were even given valuable help at the counter of a nearby money-changer's, seeking to cash travellers cheques (barely accepted anywhere nowadays, and invariably subject to commission). The Hotel is extremely well located, being within walking distance of many of the principal landmarks, and an easy tram-ride from most of the rest. The rooms, though not large, are exceptionally well fitted, and the whole place runs like clockwork. The WiFi setup is extremely impressive. The compact basement-located indoor swimming-pool is a delight (please see accompanying photos). The roof-top Restaurant for evening meals is excellent (prior booking essential). The bedroom staff are efficient, thoughtful, and accommodating. The Reception staff are invariably ready with excellent advice. The street is a busy one, and it is easy to miss seeing the Hotel from outside. Whilst the overall impression is 3-star, in important respects one receives the near-equivalent of four-star or five-star treatment. We would certainly wish to stay again at this Hotel, and would recommend it very strongly to anyone seeking simple no-frills bed-and-breakfast-type accommodation in the city. We could not imagine having had a more enjoyable visit.
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- Also Known As:
- Orient Express Istanbul
- Hotel Orient Express
- Orient Express Hotel Istanbul