Booked hotel golden crown through Turkey TPS incl. airporttransfer to hotel. One week prior to my departure my booking was moved to the Santa Sophia hotel, which was right next door to Golden Crown. Upon my arrival at Sabiha Göcken Airport nobody was there to pick me up and the phonenumbers given did not work. Contacted the agency when i arrived at hotel, but they had no intention to help out. Taxibill was quite expensive and cabdriver stole my money. Can NOT recommend Turkey TPS- when you book:-)
As for Hotel Santa Sophia:
Location is just in the middle of everything- you can easily walk to everything in Sultanahmet area- and tramline is just up the road from the hotel. 5 star location.
Staff: Absolutely friendly and helpful and very kind. When my money was stolen I was invited to have lunch with staff- see thats Turkish hospitality:-). 5 star staff.
Room: I do agree that some rooms might be very near elevators and the noise they make. Same thing for rooms in lower floors- might be noisy- you are in the middle of everything:-) My room was on 5th floor- smallish as normal for this type of hotel. Clean towels and change of bedspread was done a couple of times during my week there. For a 3 star hotel I found it to be fine.
Telly: no english news channels.
Breakfast: I was pleasantly surpriced of selection for breakfast- very good for a hotel of 3 star.
All in all I think that the hotel lives up to its 3 stars- and service is more than 3 star- definately:-)
I am a big fan of Turkey, bigger fan of Istanbul- and I love the genuine Turkish people- and no, not everything is perfect there but I always feel very welcome and people want to help even if they dont speak one of my languages.
I do recommend the Santa Sophia if you like a good-deal, good location and friendly staff. As for Istanbul- YES YES YES!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Santa Sophia is in the heart of the historic center of Istanbul and many famous sights such as the Blue Mosque, Grand Bazaar and Topkapi Palace are within walking distance.The hotel’s 40 guest rooms are simply, but comfortably furnished. Each room has a private bathroom, as well as satellite TV and free Wi-Fi.Buffet breakfast is included in the room rate and the restaurant is also open for dinner, serving international food as well as many Turkish dishes.The Santa Sophia is in a great location for public transportation around the city, with both tram and bus stops close to the hotel. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Santa Sophia
- Santa Sophia Istanbul