With a lyrical name like, the Hotel California, I really didn't know what to expect upon checking into the hotel. Somehow, I thought I might encounter some leftover hippies from the 70's running a flop house. I was very pleasantly surprised. A brief word of advice, when visiting Istanbul, all you want is clean safe place to lay your head at night. There is so much to see and experience, that lodging becomes secondary. With the Hotel California, the location is great, really great. We were 5 minutes away, by walking, to get to the Grand Bazaar. In the opposite direction was the Otto-park. Each night we walked down there to share in the experience of the Muslims breaking their fast during Ramadan. It was a true festival of lights and aromas and excitement.
The hotel rooms tend to be small; althought they are very comfortable. Make sure that when booking a room that it has air conditioning. In the nearby neighborhood, there are many restaurants and small grocery stores to purchase any small items. For me the morning buffet breakfast was not worth the effort; but if you like a light breakfast, it is excellent.
But you will certainly enjoy the location!!!
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