My wife and I traveled to Istanbul in late April, 2014. The Legacy Ottoman Hotel sits in a old section of town, with a view of the Hagia Sofia, The Suliman Mosque, the Bosphorus, the Galata Bridge, and the Golden Horn from the top floor restaurant and bar. The location is excellent. It is a 10-15 minute walk to the furthest of these sites from the hotel. The New Mosque, and Spice market are only a few blocks to the west.
The hotel is a repurposed office building, built years ago with a huge marble lobby, glass and brass elevators, and a six floor atrium in the center. There are exterior and interior rooms. The interior rooms were reported to be stuffy, since they only open to the interior atrium. The heating and air conditioning system seems to be an either/or situation. During our visit, they had not switched over to A/C for the summer, and the exterior rooms opening windows kept them nice and pleasant. The neighborhood is amazing quite late in the night. The Call to Prayer broadcast from the nearby Mosque's minarets seems to come at the first twilight of dawn, not sunrise. For us, it was at 5:15AM. This changes throughout the year. After a few days, we got used to it, and slept right through it.
Most of the hotel has been recently renovated. The bath rooms were top notch. The rooms were generously sized. Beds are often two twins, although some rooms had them pushed together. One of the floors was still under renovation.
The upstairs restaurant served a fantastic Turkish buffet breakfast. Salads, olives, cheeses, breads, yogurt, cereal, and more western eggs and sausages (beef only), along with tea, coffee, and juices.
Although we had been told to avoid the water, even while brushing our teeth, no body in our party had any problems, even though we quit trying to use bottled water to brush after about a day.
I would highly recommend the hotel, and would stay there again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- At our Spa and Health Center we have pool, fitness, massages, Turkish Bath and Sauna. Also we have valet Service, 24 hours room service and concierge service.Legacy Ottoman Hotel is at the walking distance to GRAND BAZAAR & SPICE MARKET and 500 m. to BLUE MOSQUE,ST.SOPHIA, BASILICA CISTERN, 16 km.to Ataturk International Airport.Hotel have an a la carte restaurant and roof bar with a magnificent Bosphorus & Goldern Horn views. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Legacy Ottoman
- World Park Hotel
- Legacy Ottoman Istanbul