I did a lot of searching in guidebooks, online, and here on TripAdvisor before we selected the TomTom Suites for our 10-day stay. I could not be happier with the property or the very helpful staff. Rooms are very quiet (some near the entry area might be noisier), and since it is on a small street across from the Italian Embassy, traffic is restricted. The breakfasts are varied with many healthy (and not-so-healthy) options. The view from the top floor breakfast/dining room includes the Bosphorus and fascinating city views. Beds are large (king) and very firm; bathrooms have good showers with lots of hot water and all the usual upscale amenities. You have to climb a bit of a hill to get to Istliklal Street (the main semi-pedestrian street). TomTom is also an easier (downhill) walk from the tram at the Tophane stop (10 minute walk away) which takes you right to all the usual tourist places in Sultanahmet.
The guest services director, Mr Nural, can help plan your itinerary, understand the IstanbulKart, and solve any problem with speed, aplomb, and a smile. He is a star.
We decided to splurge a bit on our hotel, and rationalized the decision based on the fact that we used miles to fly to Istanbul. The TomTom Suites and their entire staff made that decision look like one of the smartest things we did.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Tomtom Suites, The Old Franciscan House is an authentic Istanbul building whose posture reflects the social history of Pera from 1850’s to recent. Throughout its history, this building was home for French nuns and some well-known Levantine families. Now it is ready to host its new guests with its "unique" service policy and a new design, pairing modern comfort with historical background. Tomtom Suites, The Old Franciscan House has 20 suites, a terrace offering a panoramic view of old town and a nostalgic outlook. It tells the story of an over 100 years old building with a stylish language, but without loosing the essence of the story. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Tomtom Hotel Istanbul