I stayed here for 4 nights in early October 2011, and booked this "4 star" hotel through Expedia. Overall, it was absolutely fine, though for those more familiar with American or British star ratings, this is more a 3 star hotel by those standards. For example, the pool on the roof is fine to get wet and cool down in, but not big enough to swim much.
This was my first visit to Istanbul, with my flight arriving well after midnight. With public transport having closed down by then, I asked the hotel to arrange a shuttle to collect me (for 20 Euro) so that was very helpful and worked OK. My room on the 6th floor was fine, with a good sized bathroom and definitely more bedroom space than the average London tourist hotel. One very nice touch was a wrapped plate of fruit waiting for my arrival.
The breakfast buffet was OK, with mostly cold meats, cheese, bread, fruit and salad items, but there were also some hot items. Not over-inspiring but absolutely fine to fuel up for a days sightseeing.
The hotel has free wi-fi but it barely connected on the 6th floor, so I had to bring my netbook to the lobby to get online. A minor inconvenience.
Whilst the main tourist sites are not right on the doorstep as such, the Grand Bazaar is only 8-10 minutes walk away, and Sultanahmet only another 8-10 minutes further on. Easy walking distance in good weather. In addition, the Aksaray and Laleli University tram stops are only 5 minutes away in either direction, and for 2TL (roughly UK 75p/ US $1.20) you can get to Sultanahmet, Eminonu (for ferries & Bosphorus cruises) or continue across the Golden Horn to Karakoy (for the Galata Tower and walking up busy Istiklal St) or to the end of the line for the Dolmabahce Palace. Great value. I did a lot of walking in my first couple of days, but started using the tram on day 3 and it was much easier (except during rush hour when the trams are crammed).
For getting back to Ataturk Airport (during the daytime/evening), you can either get a tram from Aksaray and change at to the Metro at Zeytinburne (you'll need a 2TL jeton for each part of the 2 part journey). Alternatively, if you walk out of the hotel, up to the main road, turn left down the hill past Aksaray tram station, across the crossroads and keeping on the RIGHT hand side of the busy road walk for about 0.75 mile/1 km (following the right hand bend in the road) you'll reach the Aksaray Metro/Underground station. From here you can get a metro to the airport for 2TL with no changes required.
Istanbul is a fascinating, bustling and vibrant city to visit, with so much history and wonderful architecture. The mosques in particular are magnificent, and it was brilliant to sit in the park between the Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia around dusk and wait for darkness to fall and see both mosques lit up. Istanbul is definitely worth a visit, and give yourself enough time to enjoy everything. The Prestige Hotel, whilst modest, was absolutely fine. I found it clean and the staff friendly. Room size was fine, and the room was clean (and had a fridge and air conditioning). I couldn't ask for more for a reasonable price. The only "drawback" for some might be that its not closer to the main tourist places, but it's comfortable walking distance away and close to the tram lines, and I found the location (for the price) absolutely fine. I would certainly recommend it, and I'll certainly stay there again when I revisit Istanbul.
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