Basileus Hotel is perfectly placed, being just 5 minutes from the Blue Mosque, 10 minutes from the Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace and a tram service (just 3TL) to ferry points and most other attractions. It is 15 minutes walk to the Grand Bazaar.
There are loads of good restaurants nearby (recommend Amedros) and the famous fish market, restaurants and Sea of Marmara are just a 10 minute walk, too. Try a half-day Bosphorus cruise including a bus ride to Pierre Lotti hill or a ferry to Princes Islands (5TL). Also visit Dolmabahce Palace and Galata tower.
The hotel has 3 floors plus a basement floor for the kitchen and dining area. The rooms are clean and very comfortable with air conditioning, fridge and tea/coffee facilities. They are all double-glazed and quiet. Breakfasts are a served in a comprehensive buffet style with omlettes to order if you wish - you won't need lunch!
The staff at Basileus must be the best in Istanbul. Ekrem, Omar, Muharrem, Mehmet, Nuri and Yusuf just cannot do enough for you - always promptly attending to every request with a smile and their advice on everything has always been spot on. They are not intrusive but always on hand to oblige if you need absolutely anything - their generosity is refreshing and you will find, as we have, that they will soon become your friends.
We have stayed twice at Basileus Hotel in the past 8 months (for a total of 15 days) and we will definitely return - hard to see how we could find anything better.
Istanbul is a fantastic city with wonderful people and so much to see and do and having a 'home' like Basileus to return to each day made our holidays there so very enjoyable.
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- Basileus Hotel will be the good choice as it is located footsteps from to Byzatine and Ottoman monuments such as St.Sophia (Ayasofya), Blue Mosque (Sultanahmet Camii), Grand Bazaar, Topkapi Palace, Hippodrome, Basilica Cistern, Turkish & Islamic Museum, Archaelogic Museum , Old Traditional Baths and it is also very closed to Taksim , modern part of the city . ... more less
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