We started our journey through Turkey in Istanbul, where we were fortunate enough to have found the Premist. It was reasonably priced, was centrally located in the heart of Sultanahmet and the service was amazing. First, when he arrived (at 8 am after a long overseas flight), they gave us access to a bathroom to freshen up (our room was not available until 11) and they took care of our luggage while we wandered the city.
When we returned to check in, they gave us two separate rooms, rather than a double -- at the same rate! The whole staff was incredibly helpful, especially Mustafa and Esin. Their English was good, so it was easy to communicate. They gave us many recommendations -- I would say all were spot on except the Bosphorous cruise and Whirling Dervishes, which weren't highlights. When we asked for directions, they once personally walked us to the place we wanted to go (it was along their walk home).
The rooms are small, but have everything you need and are very clean. They serve a great Turkish breakfast (included in the price of the room). If you are a light sleeper, you may struggle with the 5:30 am call to prayer from the nearby mosque and the wooden floors (which allow you to hear anyone walking in the hallways/on the stairs).
Overall, you can't find a better deal in a better location.More
- Free Wifi