This hotel was chosen for its location - not for the tourist sights but for the ease of getting to the conference I was attending.
The hotel is new, quiet and tucked away. Reception was pleasant, as were staff but with little spoken English (not that it mattered). Free wifi using passport number - I now remember mine off by heart. The room was clean and good enough - I asked for quiet but had not reckonned on the 5am call to prayer - next night I wore earplugs and friends in other rooms said they slept through it second time. Pleased to tea making set in room, together with 2 small batches of water. Breakfast was OK.
Short walk to the main local area - take the quiet route by turning right when leaving, then sharp left and a walk, the left again. Then a bus down to the ferry at Üsküdar - I walked first time, all down hill, to get a flavour of the place. Helpful Information Kiosk at Üsküdar meant that I bought the Istanbulkart - which is very convenient as well as cheaper for the ferries, metro and busses.
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