When arriving at the Bed and Breakfast 3 star Melita hotel I did feel very aprehensive as I didn't realise it was slightly off the tourist track and there were lots of men sitting, eating & playing games etc outside of the Hotel but I need'nt have worried as I found everyone either paid no attention or were only to happy to be helpful and courteous and as a lone female traveller I was greatly relieved. The Melita itself was completely adequate, my single room was small but I only wanted to sleep there anyway as I had trips booked out everyday organised beforehand through Backpackers who were brilliant. This I done on the internet before I left. On my first day after my first trip I wanted to go for a Hammam (turkish Bath) which the Hotel sorted out for me, I had no idea where it was and felt a bit nervous about going out on my own but one of the young lads working at the hotel walked me to a local womens only Hammam which was cheaper than touristry ones costing me about 20 pounds. Later that evening I went to see the Whirling Dervishes and had to use the tram system of which I had no experience, the same lad working at the hotel walked over with me and showed me how to purchase my token and where to go. I found the Hotel staff very helpful, Each morning I needed an early wake up call and there was no charge for this. My room as I said before was very basic but it was cleaned every morning and towels changed so I was happy. I was picked up each morning by a driver from Backpackers for my trips plus once I knew how to use the trams (of which we don't have any in UK) I was only about six stops or so from Sultanahmet. Istanbul has some serious traffic and on my first night I did'nt sleep well
but I soon got used to it. The only criticism would be the shower could have done with a new shower head but it wasn't bad enough to complain about. My transfers between Sabiha Gokcen airport on the Asian Side to Melita on the European side was done through Dab shuttle service, I found these to be really good and it cost me I think 36 euro or near as for transfer both ways and when I came down for my breakfast at 6am on my last morning the driver was already waithing at my hotel to pick me up and ate breakfast with me which was really nice. Also both ways I was the only customer so it was more like a private transfer than anything else, again very good value and service.
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