Tired from travelling found myself wondering around the cobbled streets, twisting alleys, heavy bag on back and map in hand looking for my lodgings.
A gentleman sipping Tea on a small astro turf outside a typical 'Istanbul' builging, old high and narrow. Offers me a seat and a coffee and directions, more then that calls the hotel and asks for prices and availability of rooms (which I hadn't done as a last minute booking) and speaks to a friend about my best route and option of them driving me. 2 (complimentary) cups of Tea later we're sitting on the rookf terrace over looking the Sea of Mamara with the large towering Hagia Sofia and Sultanmehet towering behind us. Turns out the beautiful building he was infrotn of is his hotel. And it was charming. Without any pressure or persuasion or the influence of the (complientary) Effes, I stayed here, Breakfats on the terrace, 3minutes walk from the Hagia Sofia and main attarctions, 5 mins to the coast and 5mins to main tramvay If you want to venture into other areas of Istanbul, Ferry ports, airports, Islands. Staff were extremely friendly and helpful for any information/ tours/ transfers /directions and will book things for you if you so require. Quiet and peaceful spot and ideal for a getaway, fresh and clean modern rooms, within and old charming building. Lovely
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