We stayed here mid March 2013. The hotel definitely provides a 3 - 4 star experience and is located only a few blocks from the Cemberlitas (just re-opened, at one end of the Grand Bazaar) and Sultanahmet tram stops. Worth noting is that, unlike a lot of hotels in Istanbul, this one is not down one or more very steep streets, is very near the tram, and has a comparatively large and smoothly running elevator.
The breakfast is very good: varying styles of hot eggs, potatoes, hot dogs, and many types of cold breakfast foods including yogart, cereals, pastries, fruits, olives, and local dishes. The coffee machine makes a very tasty variety of coffee drinks.
The view from the breakfast/lounge and the terrace/bar are amazing and almost 360 degrees. Unfortunately, this non-smoking hotel encouraged smoking in the enclosed terrace by placing many ashtrays around, which made the terrace often uninhabitable (turkish smokes very strong!) after breakfast and in the evenings - a real shame! The view from the rooms facing the front is a beautiful fountain square and a quiet street. The tradeoff was that the bright street lights lit up our room (3rd floor?) like daylight all night long so the black out curtains eliminated the potentially enjoyable sun rises. We would chose a room on the back next time. The beds are huge (took up a too much of the room) and comfortable, the desk adequate, and the bathroom is spacious. The shower is quite large and has very nice tile and a hinged glass door. Oddly, the hinge areas have no seals so any water hitting them pours through onto the floor, and the tiled shower floor is sloped away from the drain so a 1/2" pool of water collects there. The water was hot and plentiful.
The service was very good, including quickly printing boarding passes. Although private airport transfers are available at a substantial premium, there are many door pickup shuttle bus services much less expensive (but take alot longer), and the tram+Metro ride (less than 1 hour to Ataturk) a few blocks away, which costs a maximum of 6 TL (3.20 TL with the Istanbulkart).
If you can get a deal (< $80/night) on this hotel, it is highly recommended.
- Reservation Options:
- TripAdvisor is proud to partner with Booking.com, Ebookers, Hotels.com, Odigeo, Expedia, Priceline, TripOnline SA, HotelQuickly, HRS, Evoline ltd and Cancelon so you can book your Hotel Mina reservations with confidence. We help millions of travellers each month to find the perfect hotel for both holiday and business trips, always with the best discounts and special offers.
- Also Known As:
- Mina Hotel Istanbul