Eight days at the Mina - the reception staff were really friendly and exceptionally helpful. They went out of their way to assist my successful purchasing of a ticket to se the Venice Baroque Orchestra at St Eirene. The hotel is close to the Hippodrome and Blue Mosque. The breakfasts were a terrific spread of traditional Turkish food (after all, one is in Turkey) and the breakfast room has a glorious view. The breakfast staff were a bit too keen whipping your plate away before you have quite finished eating. I had booked and prepaid for a double bed but my request for a quiet room meant swapping that booking for twin singles. My room on the 2nd floor was situated in a firetrap cul-de-sac in this elderly hotel building. I was concerned to see fixed no-escape iron bars across the windows. The modern fibreglass shower bath was an interesting challenge as the actual side of the bath was so high that it was quite dangerous stepping in and out of the bath. Pleased I travel with a small rubber bath mat! The Ottoman house adjoining my bedhead wall was being loudly demolished over that entire week and at one stage something like a battering ram hit the wall behind my head and dislodged the actual bedhead close to my head. I have previously stayed close to the Hagia Sophia and would look for accommodation in that area on my next visit to Istanbul
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