Like the title of the article suggests, this guesthouse might not be the most spacious, but it is certainly a very friendly place and the staff really do make you feel very welcome. For me though, the best part of the stay was the breakfast. This is taken around the same large dining table downstairs and guests sit round this together unless of course you’re a late riser. And this is another plus point, there is great flexibility with regard to when you have the breakfast which makes the stay just that bit more relaxing. We even had breakfast approaching midday.
The breakfast has a huge selection of cheeses, breads, olives, juice, tea, coffee, cakes biscuits, fruit which don’t seem to run out no matter how much of it you eat. So you’re in no danger of setting out to see Istanbul with an empty stomach.
The rooms themselves are quite compact but are tastefully decorated and have everything you need. They also have a safe in them for your valuables, a TV and free Wi-Fi throughout which can be quite useful. They are bright rooms with large sash window and each has its own particular name and theme.
Another good thing about this guesthouse is the location. Whilst we were there, work was being carried out on the street outside to improve the look of the street. I would imagine that this would bring more people to the area as some of the shops around here do look quite expensive. There is also the main shopping drag around the corner and the side streets off them really do come to life at night. I would say that this is the one of the busiest places I’ve been to for bars and restaurants as there are hundreds. However, drinking in Istanbul isn’t exactly cheap. Coming from London this didn’t seem so bad, but I thought it would be much cheaper, even local wine in cafe’s bars and restaurants is on average about £25 a bottle.
If you’re looking for a lively interesting restaurant with roof top views over Istanbul, then you could try the 360 restaurant. This isn’t easy to find as it’s on the top of a ordinary looking office block that you have to take a lift to, but I think it’s worth the visit for good food and fine wine.
Would recommend Ekletik for anyone wishing to stay in a friendly local guesthouse in a good location and off the regular tourist trail.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The typical European Istanbul building of 1890s is originally converted into a 8-room hotel with different themes in each room. At Noble House, the modern comfort is united with a personal welcome feeling. Being in the very center of the city, it is conveniently located close to the major tourist attractions, shopping area and nightlife. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Eklektik Guest House Hotel Istanbul