The best thing about this hotel is its location. Only a 2 minute walk to the Gulhane tram station, which is next to the Topkapi Palace, and a leisurely 10 minute walk to Galata Bridge. Aya Sophia and the Blue Mosque is also so close, and you can actually walk to the Grand Bazaar, although it is a bit of a distance. You wont feel it though, as from the hotel to the Grand Bazaar you get to see lots of shops and fantastic atmosphere.
Staff are amazing. The counter staff go out of their way to assist you in whatever way they can. We reached the hotel at almost 3am, yet the counter staff on duty by the name of Mustapha, a very young chap, was still very cheerful and explained various things and tips on where to go.
The room was so-so, deco a bit old, and size a bit small, but I WAS warned about it by the hotel staf through email, so I cant complain. Afterall, when you ahve a city as beautiful as IStanbul, you dont really want to stay in your room, do you?
Nice restaurants around the place. We ate at NEw Hatay, just next door. Fantastic fish.
I will come back one day to this hotel.
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