We stayed in a spotlessly clean and well furnished 3 bed apartment/suite here in May 2013, with very comfortable beds and the owners/staff were wonderful. The standout feature is the view, which is enjoyed by most (if not all) of the rooms as well as the excellent restaurant - panoramic across the city and the Bosphorus including the Galata tower and Bosphorus Bridge (see photos).
Location was also excellent - close to the centre of the Old City very near the Grand Bazaar (~10 mins walk) and within strolling distance of the Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace and Cisterns, etc. (all ~15-20 mins walk). Whenever we ordered a cab it turned up within 5-10 mins and being located close to the main bridges it was very easy to get into Beyoglu where some of the better restaurants are located (the owner even gave us a lift a couple of times).
WiFi internet was free and fast with a decent signal all through the hotel allowing glitch free Skype calls. Breakfast was also excellent with a whole table full of local breads, cheeses, butters and omelettes etc. and they make it specially for you - no queuing for a stale buffet.
We had considered staying in a hotel but were lucky to find this place which is ideally positioned yet on a quite street - would definitely recommend. Perfect base from which to explore the city, and to relax in between while looking across the river with a beer/glass of wine. Thank you very much to the owners for a lovely stay!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Just a 5-minute walk to Spice Bazaar, Cafe Halic & V.I.P. Guesthouse is in the heart of historical Sultanahmet area. It offers free Wi-Fi, free on-site parking and air-conditioned accommodation with a seating area. The suites and apartments at Cafe Halic & V.I.P. Guesthouse come with modern decoration. The suite has a terrace with panoramic sea and city views. You can enjoy your daily breakfast in the restaurant. The guest house also has an a la carte restaurant for lunch and dinner. You can enjoy a cup of Turkish coffee while reading your daily newspaper. Airport shuttle service can be provided at a surcharge. The front desk is available 24/7. Only a 10-minute walk to the Grand Bazaar, Cafe Halic & V.I.P. Guesthouse is less than 2 km to Hagia Sophia and Topkapi Palace. Ataturk Airport is 17 km away ... more less
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