First, the faults: the reception, other than its manager who only works limited hours, speaks no English at all, which is not an insurmountable problem if you are well prepared (have booking at hand etc), but certainly good to know and be prepared!
The facilities are not luxury - the bed is lumpy, the breakfast is slightly dodgy, the bathroom is tiny to the point that you are standing next to the toilet and showering directly onto it (Valuable lesson learnt: take out the toilet roll BEFORE shower and leave it somewhere safe and dry!).
Also, if you read nothing else of my review, NOTE THIS: ASK FOR A ROOM AT THE BACK!!!! Rooms at the front of the hotel face the main road, and if the traffic noise doesn't keep you up all night (and, no, the traffic doesn't ease up after, say, 3am - it goes on ALL NIGHT), the dog next door barking its head off all night will. There's nothing the hotel can do about the dog as it belongs to their neighbour, and I can tell you that dog has perfected the art of barking loudly just at the moment you manage to almost fall asleep. AND he manages to do this all night too.
BUT (and this is the lovely part): it is also probably one of the loveliest hotels I have ever stayed in - the furnishings are beyond quaint and absolutely charming; the airport transfer, which I booked through them, worked just fine (although it is still MUCH cheaper to take a cab!); the cleaning and restaurant services are also all very satisfactory.
Most of all, however, the staff are probably one of the nicest I have ever come across: having complained about the all-night barking dog (see above), they changed me to a room at the back (perfectly quiet) with absolutely no fuss, and carried all my luggage to the new room without even my asking - now THAT is service. On the day I checked out, I left behind a blouse mistakenly, and the cleaning lady rushed after me to return to me my blouse. These are the things which imprint a hotel onto one's mind.
So, if you are looking for luxury and service, head for the Hilton. If you are looking for the quaint and the lovely and utterly charming, stay at Hotel Daphnis. I would again!!!!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel Daphnis, one side facing the Golden Horn while the other Fener Street, is a combined building of 4 Rum houses renovated according to the original pattern. It is a boutique hotel with 16 rooms each one decorated differently. Everything in the building, from the kalemisler which are hand painted colored figures on the walls to the old style wooden doors, floor and ceilings are kept as original. Old water pumps, stained glass windows, marble sinks are still being used. There are 16 rooms consisting of 3 suite and 13 double bedrooms in which AC, minibar, telephone, shower, hairdryer, kettle and cable TV are provided in default. The hotel is just face to face with Fener Greek Orthodox Patriarchate and 10 minutes away from both Taksim and Sultanahmet districts. It is very close to the commercial, cultural and touristic centers (to the heart) of the city, however it is also situated in an old, quiet Istanbul district. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Daphnis Hotel Istanbul
- Boutique Hotel Daphnis