Good room, good location, bad service, shady business practices, good internet, good breakfast.
The service at the hotel is terrible. The receptionist was downright rude (especially when he found out I was an American), and refused to accept credit card payment, while also refusing to accept anything but exact payment in Euros (not liras, not dollars, no change). He actually cancelled the credit card payment I made when I booked the room online, so he could charge me cash. Shady business practices in my view, which takes what would otherwise be a four down to a three. Also, there was no secure location to store luggage, and given the receptionist's lack of care/commitment, I did not feel safe leaving valuables at the hotel.
But the services that the hotel provide are actually pretty good. The room was clean and not particularly small, it was ready early, and everything in it worked well (especially the shower). The internet worked well, and breakfast was pretty good. The location is solid, too -- right near Taksim Square, just of Istiklal street. It's close enough to everything to make visiting easy, while far enough away to be quiet. I might stay here again if I couldn't find better, but there are plenty of comparably priced hotels in Taksim/Sultanahmet that are more reliable.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel Lavanta, Turkish for "Lavender," is an oasis of calmness and tranquility amidst the bustling city-center of Istanbul. Located in Istanbul's prime area, just off of Istanbul's renowned "Istiklal Street", the Hotel is in walking-distance to shops, malls, cafes, restaurants, bazaars and historic landmarks. Its cleanliness, modern simplicity and service-oriented personnel, will offer you a piece of mind and joy to return to after a long day in the city. *Located beside a Taxi stand, and close to all public transport (Taksim Metro 400m, Taksim Bus Station 150m - All major Bus Lines) ... more less
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