At first glance upon arrival we were a bit weary, the street/location were this hotel is located is a bit shady, and I mean shady, not a nice sight at all. But a few steps away when you leave this street things seem normal. I wouldn't categorize this as a dangerous area, just might seem so upon arrival, but we had NO problems even arriving back to the room at 11pm-12am midnight. The location is relatively near the Aksaray tram station and only 4 stops to/from the main tourist area of Sultanahmet, (we even walked back to the hotel a few times purchasing water and midnight munchies for the hotel room).
Now with the above being said, the positives weigh out the negatives.........,
Hotel is a VERY GOOD value for the money, small reception area, pleasant relatively ok staff, they lack in English all over Isnatbul rather hard to communicate, but was ok.
The rooms are compact, but for an organized person sufficient for movement. I am an extremely "fastidious" individual and I had no complaint about the room. Bedding, towels and bathroom/shower were extremely clean, all new tiles, furniture, tv, small refrigerators, cable tv mostly Arab, Russian stations, FREE wifi (code for each floor given on room card), has toiletries laundry service, safe and all else one would expect from a hotel with a much higher ranking. I did not see or get disgusted at any single thing in rooms, hallways etc.
Breakfast is offered on the 5th/last floor of the hotel, nice little seaview. White tablecloths, breakfast was sufficient and one could not realistically expect anything more elaborate for the category of this type. Coffee machine with really good Jacob's coffee, also had tea, juice(not fresh squeezed), various salads, olives, yogurt, butter, cheeses, various cereals, fruit, scrambled, hard boiled eggs, breads, toast machine. I think anyone could find something here to tie them over till lunch. The breakfast staff was very nice and always with a humble smile. Elevator is new clean and everything is well kept. This hotel is without a doubt an excellent deal for the money !
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- Abel Hotel Istanbul is a boutique hotel that offers comfortable accommodation in a fantastic location, which is located in old city center of istanbul.Rooms are modern and feature LCD TVs and air-condition system, central heating system full automatic direct dial telephone, bathroom. Relax in your tastefully decorated room and enjoy modern amenities, including LCD TV... ... more less
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