Overall a very good and pleasant hotel, with large rooms, ok spa and breakfast covering all tastes from cereals over bread and butter to "full English" minus the bacon. Stayed there for three nights in May as two families (12, 9, 5 and 3 yr old children).
Getting to - is quite simple, 500m from M1 (direct from Ataturk Airport), about 300m to a Tram-stop to Dolmabahce or port. Took us about 15 min walk (with a child!) to get to Grand Bazar and about 20-30 minutes to get to Aya Sofia/Blue Mosque.
Staff - very very friendly and helpful, dealt with all enquiries promptly and effectively
WiFi - is free and everywhere - in today's digital age...
Food - very nice selection of local foods including baklava and halva at breakfast, very quick coffee maker (no queues) and loads of teas.
Rooms - are REALLY large, loads of space and everything is in very good state of repair
Spa: Turkish bath is just a warm room without steam, "fitness"-area is virtually not existent - you are much better off sweating during the walks around the historic town anyway: combine exercise and culture!
Hot tip: food is generally very cheap; just "down the road (there is a slope, so you will notice the "down" the road - is a kebap shop "Iskander saray"- seems there are only locals in there, they do not speak English or accept cards, BUT: really nice food, three kebaps (2 Shish and a Doner, all with rice and salad) and three drinks for under £10! If you like nice meat - that's the place!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Since 2001, İstanbul Hotel Bulvar Palas has been sharing the special experiences, wit you esteemed guest is four stars classification. It has a good location in İstanbul hotels. It is in the middle of a triangle districts of Şehzadebaşı - Aksaray - Laleli, where many civilizations dominated for thousand of years, and left perfect historical identity behind, now which is know as "Old City". Our hotel is very much proud of providing you a unique location to reach to the most special historical places in İstanbul, just by foot in 20 minutes to Hagia Sophia, Topkapı Palas, Blue Mosque, Eminönü, Spice Bazaar, Galata Bridge, in 15 minutes walk; Grand Bazaar, Beyazıt Squer, in 25 minute walk, Taksim Squer, Beyoğlu, Galata district, in 5 minutes walk; Valens Aqueduct, Validesultan Mosque, Şehzadebaşı Mosque and ruins of Old Byzantium Blakernia Palas, also just by 15 minutes walk to Süleymaniye Mosque. ... more less
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