After a rather harrowing experience at a different hotel in Istanbul, my fellow traveler and I were desperate for comfort and a place to feel welcome. This hotel was all that and much more.. it was literally one of the best hotel experiences I've ever had. Firstly, the place isn't easy to find. It's down a very steep back street and, as is the case with most streets in Istanbul, there are hardly any street signs to be found. So, after relying on the kindness of strangers - tourists and other hotel owners alike - we found our beacon of blue light - the Oba Hotel. Weary from our previous hotel and long aimless walk, we were beckoned in and offered coffee, water, or tea whilst we sat down to enjoy some English programming and friendly conversation with fellow tourists.
The hotel owner was unbelievably friendly and kind - his face radiated warmth and we felt immediately at home. Although having booked a mere few hours before, he found our reservation without issue and escorted us promptly to our room. After having paid ~$45 a night at one of the worst hotels in the city (see my review for Hotel Eyfel), we were amazed at how beautiful our accommodations were, and especially at the ridiculous value rate of $50 for the night. Despite being on the cozy side (our room was on the top floor and had a sloped ceiling), we had all the amenities we could have wanted. Fresh towels and soaps, a hair dryer, spotless bedroom and bathroom, vanity dresser with huge mirror, closet w/ bathrobes and slippers, a safe, a small fully stocked fridge (although no booze, to our disappointment), and a huge fluffy bed with pillows galore. The room was also adorned with tasteful artwork and rugs, and the dresser was magnificent wooden beast. We dropped our backpacks, leaped on the bed, and squealed at our good fortune - finally, a place we can really rest!
Our host was more than gracious in giving out maps and directions and even recommendations for places to go and see. Although we were unable to make the breakfast the next morning, I have read from other reviews that they put out quite the spread. I'll have to save that for next time :}
Overall, gorgeous and comfortable accommodations, fantastic value, and the best hosts in town. Love it!
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