This hotel is located in a side street (nondescript, but with a few eateries popular with locals, and a small corner-store (for your bottled water purchasing) across the way) off the pedestrianised, chock-a-bloc with people, high street, Istiklal Caddesi. The street the hotel is in is midway down this avenue. The hotel is on a corner of a lane; I had asked for a room facing the street, not wanting to get a view of a window of the building next door as sometimes happens with inner-city hotels, and for an upper level to minimize intrusion of street noise (Beyoğlu being infamous for its bars, and they blare out loud music till early hours — Balo Sokagi is no exception). I booked a 'single delux' room. The room was on level 6, the top level (lift access). It had wall-to-ceiling windows: so, nice and light like I like it. There was doubleglazing (which minimized the bars' musical noise), aircon, and you could open two of the windows. The room was adequate size, with a double bed and small desk, and had a separate bathroom (with turkish-style toilet, the water spout didn't seem to aim right). Furnishings we're white and gray. Showed a bit of wear-and-tear, but it was not shabby; probably due for a big scrub-over rather than just the daily clean to spruce it up. Erratic wifi reception on my floor (but good in breakfast room). It had a stocked minibar-fridge, a feature in hotels that I do not like. The toilet was one of those where you use a spout at the back of the toilet bowl to water yourself after defecating and use the toilet-paper only for drying your buttocks; you have to be very supple to implement the idea, but the shower was nearby as backup. The view was what Sydney real-estate-agents call 'a district view' -- similar medium-rise buildings across a valley. In trying to search out a good, as well as 'value for money', hotel in Beyoğlu — and not too near Taksim square — and noting many reviewers' complaints about noisy bars — I had a hard time searching. It took me a while of searching TA to settle on this hotel: no regrets. I wanted to stay in Beyoğlu as a change from Sultanahmet; but Beyoğlu has fewer attractions: Istiklal Caddesi is for thoroughfaring not sauntering, the shops are mostly bland, a few of the old arcades have preserved their charm; but the buildings and street work as an ensemble. You are also spared the annoying touts that Sultanahmet square has. But if you want to be close to the main tourist sights and waterfront, a hotel in the Sultanahmet/Sirkeci areas would be better. I stayed in Sultanahmet for 3 days to do the tourist sights, and then moved to Beyoğlu for something more 'real'. In the Odda hotel's neighborhood there are lots of local amenities ('corner stores', bread shops, banks, etc.), and a popular lokanta across the road. They also can arrange a laundry service. For concertgoers who have booked tickets online through Biletix, you will find a small Biletix shop in Halep Pasaji, off Istiklal Caddesi, just around the corner; you can collect your ticket there, they will print it out for you. I liked my stay here. Apart from the comfort and convenience of the hotel, I was fortunate enough to be in this part of the city at the time when there were massive protests against inappropriate development at Taksim square; Taksim square and Istiklal Caddesi were vibrant with voices of dissent and of affirmation of 'the right to the city': exemplary and exhilarating.
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