I was relocated to this hotel by BA Holidays due to concerns about the original hotel.
I stayed four nights with a friend. The hotel had confirmed a twin bedded room by direct e-mail, but we were shown to a small room where the beds had not been separated. The staff were helpful in moving the beds apart and remaking them as singles more or less straight away once the issue was brought to their attention.
The room we were allocated was small, even as a double, but smaller still when converted.
Although decorated in a nice older style, the shelf above the bathroom sink tilted forward, so items sometimes slid from it. And unfortunately there was also mould/mildew in the skirting around the base of the shower (not sure why wood would be used in a shower anyway unless fully treated and sealed?).
Reception staff were helpful on the rare occasion that they were needed.
If you're visiting Istanbul for the first time, the hotel is in a very good location minutes' walk from the Topkapi Palace, Archaeological Museum and Mosaiv Museum, the Hagia Sofia and the Blue Mosque, as well as a short walk from a joint rail/tram stop and the Eminönü harbour area in front of the Galata Bridge, therefore also making Taksim Square and other sites, plus the Asian side of the city, very accessible. But it's not great for restaurants and bars as the area is a little more 'conservative' than the Taksim side, where the majority of the nightlife takes place.
Generally ok, and given the price we paid for the entire package (under £200 p.p. Inc. BA direct flights), no complaints as such. But the showers definitely need to be checked for and cleared of all mould, as this is unhealthy once it gets into the air.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel Evsen is located at the centre of the Old City in Eminönü-Istanbul at the starting point of both land and sea transportation and is just near Sultanahmet. Our brand new hotel, which is dealed out on October 2008 with its top quality facilities & amenities, welcomes you to enjoy the unique historical places in Istanbul with qualified multilingual staffs. If you choose to stay in Hotel Evsen, you will experience the magnificent history of Istanbul by visiting the Topkapi Palace, The Blue Mosque, Saint Sophia, The Basilica Cistern, Turkish Baths, The Grand Bazaar and more which are only in 10 minutes walking distance. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Evsen Hotel Istanbul