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Lalinn Hotel
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Reviewed 8 October 2013

Firstly the room (121) is HUGE and has a desk, mirror, minibar and wardrobe with hangers. The bathroom was spacious and had soaps, shampoo, towels, etc. Very quiet environment in the room and you cannot hear other guests despite the wooden flooring (sound proofing?), Excellent use of traditional lighting to give an Ottoman ambience to the decor, I love traditional designs.
Breakfast was good but not much variation day to day.

The location is good to visit the Blue mosque, Hagia Sofia and Topkapi palace. However, it is a bit of an uphill climb on cobbled streets with missing pavement in places and trams/buses/taxis are not nearby.

Staff were extremely friendly and helpful and made our stay very pleasant and comfortable, Thank you!

  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled with family
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2  Thank aljinnie
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Reviewed 6 October 2013

We recently stayed in Istanbul twice at the bookends of a two week trip to Turkey.
This was by far the better and quieter of the two hotels we stayed at.

The experience started with the wonderful Eyub who answered all of our pre-trip questions patiently, even sending us photos of specific rooms. I'm a light sleeper and am always concerned about even small noises.

We stayed in room 131 at the top of the stairs. The room was quiet and buffered from both internal and external noise. See the attached photo. The stairs end at this room so you don't get even the door closing noise of other rooms. The bed is placed at the back of the room making it even more quiet. This room is at the top of the building and because there is no roof top terrace, you get no noise from people walking or scuffling chairs above your head. I'm a light sleeper and I had a great sleep here.

The room is large. There's a desk, small table and stand alone closet with plenty of shelves. This gave us ample space to lay out all of our belongings. The vaulted ceiling makes an already large room seem even larger. There's something relaxing and cool about vaulted ceilings. I love them. Both the bed and chairs were comfortable. I put one of the chairs by the bed so I could put my feet on the bed and read. It was very relaxing.

The bathroom had ample space. I had no problem moving around either in the bath room or the shower. The sink had plenty of counter space to set your toiletries.

We were able to get wifi reception in the room. It didn't work at first but after they rebooted the server it worked fine. So don't hesitate to request this if you're having problems.

Breakfast is served in the basement. There were ample choices including hot foods such as eggs. The baked goods were fresh and moist. So often cakes tend to be dry on breakfast bars but these weren't. Something to take special note of is that the juices are made from bottled water. Ok not freshly squeezed but we could drink them without fear of getting sick. And they tasted good and that's what matters.

The neighborhood is tucked away below the blue mosque. I thought we would get traffic noise from the Kennedy express but not a peep. There also a train near by but we only heard one train and it was a pleasant sound. It certainly wouldn't have woke me up. According to Eyub they've stopped all but a few trains on this line. The hotel is also on a small dead end street, so you don't get any traffic noise

The neighborhood feels like a traditional Turkish neighborhood. The hotel is on a quiet side street with a few friendly cats. Turn the corner and early in the evening you'll pass kids playing and women sitting on door steps. This is a slice of Turkish life that for us made everything a little more real and little more memorable. It is a quick walk to the blue mosque. I'd say 5 to 10 minutes. I'd walk twice as far for the quiet.

If we visit Turkey again this is where will stay while in Istanbul.

Two tips you might find helpful.
1. Water and drinks in this neighborhood stores are about half the price than near the tourist sites.
2. Turkish bread is fantastic and you can buy a loaf for lira in one of these shops. We often bought a loaf of bread in the morning and ate it through out the day instead of stopping for lunch. This allowed us to maximize our site seeing and then enjoy a nice sit down meal at the end of the day.

Room Tip: Room 131 is probably the quietest room in the hotel.
  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank tradIndy
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Reviewed 6 October 2013

We spent 4 nights at the Lalinn and we had a great time! Warmly greeted by the staff, very helpful and English spoken. The room was a good size for 3 people sharing. Cleaned daily, towels, soaps, slippers, Air con and TV included. Breakfast served daily - not much change but appetizing.

The location was ideal and only a few mins walk to the major attractions. Istanbul is surrounded by beautiful sea views and is mainly divided into European New town (Taksim sq), European Old town (Blue Mosque & Hagia Sophia) and the Asian side. Lalinn was in Old town - SultanAhmet. the highlight was waking up early with the Muslim call to prayer - absolutely beautiful.

We recommend getting Istanbul transport cards ~ roughly 10TL a day will get you around.

Would definitely recommend it to anyone who wants a quiet city break and is not afraid of exploring a rich and exotic culture. If we came back we'd definitely consider staying at the Lalinn again! Thank you to everyone there we had an amazing time!

Room Tip: they are newly renovating, ask for a sea side view.
  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled with family
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Thank Adam A
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Reviewed 6 October 2013

It's in a good location, but a little difficult to find and very hidden in my opinion.

We were in room 111, which is located next to the stairwell. During breakfast hours, it's very noisy and you can hear every foot step going up and down the stairs.

The room was spacious and clean, however the view was less than desirable (a building wall was 5 feet away). The bathroom was a good size and good water pressure.

The strength of the wifi was strong. The breakfast buffet selection was decent and being American, I was glad to see some hot scramble eggs.

The only weird/bad thing was they forgot to clean our room one day.

  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled with friends
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Thank power_foot
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Reviewed 2 October 2013

Our luggage was lost in airport. We had to spent one hour for claim preparation. Despite this taxi driver provided by Lalinn hotel waited for us and didn't charge for overtiming. Hotel staff were really helpful and resolved themselves problem of the lost luggage. Maybe they made 10 or 100 calls in airport department during all the next day until our luggage was delivered right in our room. Excellent job! There is a railroad nearby but no trains traffic on it. So it is absolutely quiet place. Breakfast is good, location is fantastic! Absolutely polite staff.

Room Tip: If shared breakfast omelet finished you can ask kitchen staff and they will make for your exclusive one!
  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank zelibobla
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