We stayed in Istanbul, at the Hotel Antis, for four nights - we just got back last night and miss it already! The location is fantastic - couldn't be better, with the Blue Mosque almost next door; in a lovely area with excellent shops, cafes and a small bazaar; cobbled streets and lots of character in the middle of the old city. The call to prayer from the Blue Mosque really added to the atmosphere.
This hotel is really set apart by its staff - Okan and his staff were all so lovely, we were made to feel very at home and as if we were staying with friends. Everyone was incredibly friendly and helpful (and didn't laugh too much at our poor attempts at Turkish!!). We even came back to our room over Easter weekend to find an Easter egg had been left as a gift! Seriously, travelling alone as two young(ish) women, it was invaluable to be able to feel so safe and looked after on our travels.
As for practicalities: the room was cleaned very well every day; we found the hotel excellent value for money; we were collected at the airport (free of charge) and helped to organise taxis on the way back; the breakfast was fantastic and saved us money in food for the rest of the day, after feasting on eggs, sausages and pastries every morning!
Okan is very knowledgeable and helped us a lot with directions/local suggestions/outings. The roof terrace is beautiful - even in the springtime, it was lovely to get up in the morning and go out for some fresh air, with the Blue Mosque on one side and the sea on the other; it was a really nice, quiet spot just to sit and read my book in a bit of sunshine.
In short, I loved Istanbul and can't wait to come back - when I do, I will definitely stay at the Hotel Antis.
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- Located in the heart of historic district of Sultanahmet just steps from Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia and Topkapi Palace; beautiful views of the Marmara Sea and the Asian side. ... more less
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