I only stayed here for one night and wish I'd stayed longer. Arriving at the Premist, the first thing I noticed was the location - across the street from the Topkapi palace walls and a 5 minute walk from both the Hagia Sofia and the Blue Mosque. Despite this, it was on a quiet street so noise was not an issue.
Upon arrival, I was treated to a cup of apple tea and an appetizer tray with a tasty quiche as well as some Turkish delight while checking in. The whole process was seamless and a nice relief after a week's traveling in far less comfort. The check-in agent, Ezgi Tasyapar, who seemed to be there the entire time, was brilliant and knew everything about the neighbouring attractions, from what form of payment they accepted to their hours to what to see when. A definite boost to a first-time visitor to Istanbul with a time crunch!
I paid the extra to stay in a deluxe room based on past reviews and this was well worth it. The bathroom was well-appointed - the shower was particularly good, with hot water and good pressure - and the bedroom was large and lavishly decorated. The only tricky bit was closing the heavy blinds to sleep, but after a couple of minutes of moving cables out of the way this was done. The bed was very comfortable and not too hard at all.
Overall, the hotel is very good, but the staff is what makes this a truly outstanding place to visit. The care and passion visible in their work - from saying hello to everyone to unsolicited offers of help - is rare and I was truly impressed by the Premist team. I will definitely stay here again (hopefully for more than one night) when next in Istanbul!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Premist Hotel is a new boutique hotel located in the heart of Istanbul's oldest district, offers you to travel in time with just a five minutes walk to 6th-century St. Sophia, the 15th-century Topkapi Palace and the 17th-century Blue Mosque. ... more less
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