The location is in the newer side of the Sophia and Blue Mosques, as opposed to staying in the old town. Having said this, being one block away from the Cistern, hop on - hop off buses and 3 blocks from the Palace and museums is pretty convenient. The tram also is a block away although the walk to the Grand bazaar from here is a mere 10 minutes as are more restaurants than one would ever want to count...
The hotel has a nice lobby and very nice restaurant. We really enjoyed the views from the restaurant, which offered old and new Istanbul and the waterways. The service at the restaurant was also terrific. The rooms were small, but very nice and matched its 4 star rating, while the bathroom was modern but small. The walls though were a bit thin...ahem. The breakfast buffet was better than average for Turkey although the restaurant itself was less than charming... It was a very good value for the money and the location was terrific. This is a great alternative location to being in the higher priced old town.
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- Arden Park Hotel is walking distance from all of the main attractions such as the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sofia, The Topkapi Palace, Yerebatan Basilica, Cagaloglu Bath, Grand Bazaar. Arden Park Hotel has been chosen Best Prime Location hotel by online European Travel Agency . ... more less
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