My husband and I stayed there 6 nights in early July. The location was perfectly nestled in a quiet part of Beyoglu, with easy tram access (Tophane stop) to the old town of Sultanahmet for sightseeing,and shopping at the Grand Bazaar and Egyptian Bazaar; the ferry terminals for cruises along the Bosphorus, Golden Horn and to the Prince's Islands; walking distance to explore Galata Tower and bohemian precinct; and Istiklal Cadessi for more shopping.
With the recent demonstrations in Taksim Square, we were in regular email correspondence with the hotel before we arrived and they reassured us each time and gave us tour and restaurant recommendations. One evening when returning to the hotel, we encountered some police and people milling around near the Tophane tram stop, and hurried up to our hotel. When we got back, we were politely advised to stay in for the night if we didn't have any pressing need to go out again. Other than that the hotel, with it's security access and staff felt extremely safe.
Tom Tom Suites is definitely a unique experience with knowledgeable and attentive, yet unobtrusive staff - Alican the evening Welcome Desk Team member, welcomed us with a complimentary drink and gave us detailed day trip recommendations which were easy to follow without a guide, and booked a really nice kofte restaurant for us on our last night. Our first night, we ate at the hotel restaurant, la Mouette, which is listed in the top 10 Istanbul rooftop restaurants - definitely a must, with its view over parts of the city, the Bosphorus estuary and the Mamara Sea.
Our room was extremely spacious, quiet, very clean and smartly furnished with contemporary design. The breakfast buffet was generous and offered sufficient though not extensive variety.
And to top it off, free wifi!
We will definitely be back when we visit Istanbul again.
- 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