The Nuru Ziya Suites are equivalent to a nice 3* boutique hotel at a very good price point.
In the Pera district, a side street near the Galatasaray tram stop, a short 2 block walk uphill. You're about 10-15 minutes easy walk from Taksim square and about the same from the Tunel station. This location puts you right near Istiklal Avenue's street life, without being right in it. Alternatively, walk 10 minutes down the hill to the Tophane tram stop - a beautiful walk downhill, but I would guess a drag going up! Also - if you have mobility issues, consider a hotel on a more accessible street.
Service - extremely warm. It's a small hotel, so you won't be catered to 24/7, and the staff has varying commands of English, but if you ask for something, they try to deal with it quickly.
Room - I had a standard room, which was modern, clean and pleasant with a minimalist but not forbidding design. Decently sized; I never felt confined. The room key was an (unfilled) Istanbul transit card - a nice touch. My room was at the back looking over a courtyard - I had no noise issue. The bathroom has a "wet" shower and shampoo, liquid soap and conditioner in dispensers. They're labeled with their Turkish initials, I think. The shampoo is "G," Conditioner "C," and soap "S." Water heat is dodgy. I didn't have hot water one morning for a shower. The only other minor improvement would be a tissue box in the room.
Extras - the hotel has free wifi (used, reliable, but I couldn't figure out what SMTP port would work for outgoing mail using Outlook. This is not the hotel's issue, I think) and a small gym (treadmill, weights) that I did not use. A simple, pleasant breakfast was served - it was the same daily (pastries, soft white cheese/salad on a baguette, juice) but I didn't mind that.
The price I got was very reasonable. I'd stay again without hesitation.
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