Stayed three nights at the beginning of our trip and two at the end.
Decently appointed rooms
Nice breakfast spread, especially the gozleme
Great location. Half hour walk or less to all the best sites.
They will hold your luggage.
Nicest bathrooms of our trip.
Connected restaurant was average, but acceptable.
Pool/spa area was great, save for the slight stale cigarette aroma. Don't skip it! No kiddie pool, nice sauna, Turkish bath.
Thin walls. First stay wasn't a problem, but second stay had a crying kid next door.
Smelly. No smoking room left my clothes smelling so bad that I opted to stay in the same outfit I'd been wearing for 30hrs.
Tiny elevators hold at most 4 people, sans bags.
Desk staff was lackluster. Asked if they could get me a box to ship some things home and was looked at like I had three heads. It was a simple request and they couldn't seem to comprehend why I was even asking.
Pool is free to guests noon-6pm, then there is a charge to use afterward, so you have to go during peak sightseeing times. Spa hot tub was really no warmer than the pool.
When we left, we specifically said we wanted a taxi to the airport. They kept saying we should take the hotel shuttle because a cab wouldn't fit our luggage (which fit just fine on the way there). We insisted, but they still loaded our bags into the hotel shuttle, which would have cost almost double the taxi fare. We ended up taking it, but told them we would only pay what we had left in lira, about $27US. I guess you can barter anything.
Hotel was unable to produce a corkscrew. No staff was to be found at hotel lounge area the directed us to.
We liked it well enough, but I've had better service at a Holiday Inn. I would have given another star had my clothes not made me want to vomit when i went to change in the airport. Smoke smell seemed to come through the bathroom ceiling vents, along with the noise from the next room.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This modern hotel in central Istanbul is half a mile from the Grand Bazaar and Spice Bazaar. It offers a gym and a spa with an indoor pool and Turkish hammam.Mosaic Hotel features tastefully decorated guest rooms with an LCD TV, minibar and private bathrooms. Some rooms have a balcony.The Mosaic has a complete spa with a sauna and solarium. The hotel’s gym features cardio equipment and free weights.Guests of the Mosaic can start their day with a rich buffet breakfast. For lunch and dinner, the restaurant offers an a varied menu as well as an open-buffet. Live music entertainment is also a regular feature at Mosaic Hotel. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Mosaic Hotel Istanbul