Apparently we were the very first guests to stay at this small elegant hotel, so everything was perfectly new and clean. The interior design and decor is neat and simple with a Turkish touch (I don't know why small rooms need a big widescreen TV, but that's probably just me). The street outside is busy and there's lots of noise (live music) and activities at night, but fortunately it seems to stop around 12-01 am. Apart from the noise, the location is perfect. It's next to Cihangir and locals live and hang out here. You will need to bring your sneakers as the area is hilly and worth discovering by foot. The hotel staff is relaxed and attentive. It was my birthday during our stay and the staff noticed and showed up at our room with a delicious strawberry cake (with burning candles).
Nb. On our way back home to the airport we had a terrible experience with our taxi driver who 1. took us on a detour. 2 nearly crashed on the highway because of fast and aggressive driving (the idiot was going 140 km pr hour + zig-zaging between lanes and other vehicles). Upon returning safely home I reported the incident to the hotel and encouraged them to 'screen' taxi drivers in the future when they book taxis for their guests. After two days the hotel management reported back, that they would immediately stop working with the involved taxi company and start working with a different one.
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- Stories Apart Kuloglu offers self-catering apartments in Istanbul, Turkey, boasting a modern and eclectic style. The apartment complex in located within 2 minutes walking distance to Taksim Square, in Ayhan Isık Sokak Street next to İstiklâl Caddesi Street and is easily accessible by public transport (tram, subway, and bus). These apartments in Istanbul's Beyoğlu district is ideal for those looking for accommodation in the most active art, entertainment and night life centre of Istanbul. ... more less
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