I recently visited Istanbul for a week and stayed at the Cihangir Hotel. The hotel's location is wonderful. The view from the Bosphorus side is absolutely worth paying a bit extra for. Looking out of my window and seeing the Bosphorus Bridge was definitely a highlight of my trip.
The walk to Taksim square, where mass transit and airport shuttles are located, is very short. Yes, the last leg of the walk does involve walking down a fairly steep hill, but I didn't have any problem navigating this. Actually, the bumpy streets around other parts of Taksim gave my luggage much more of a problem. It was very well lit and didn't seem dangerous at all, even late at night. I even saw children playing along it several times.
The hotel staff was courteous and generally helpful, if a bit dour. They spoke enough English to be able to answer my questions. The room was reasonably large, but I was glad I went for a double and not a single.
I would say this hotel needs to work on repairs a bit, however. The outside wall of my bathtub seemed ready to fall off, and the seat of my chair was broken off from the rest of it. Some of the linens were a bit dingy, but I just used another set. So the place does lose a few points in the cleanliness department. But I didn't find any actual garbage about the place, and the rooms were cleaned daily.
Overall, I felt like this hotel room was a great value for what I paid. I would recommend contacting the hotel directly through their web site, as rates seemed cheaper this way than with online booking sites. While the room could use a bit of repair, it didn't really interfere with my stay. If you want an inexpensive hotel with a wonderful view that is centrally located for exploring Istanbul, the Cihangir Hotel is a great choice.
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