The rooms -- I stayed at this hotel 2 times (in October and November) -- first with my mother (double corner room with requested twin beds facing the sea) and then on my own (single room facing the side of the blue mosque). Both times we enjoyed soundless stays -- we did not hear any noise whatsoever. Both rooms were beautifully decorated -- boutique standard and very cozy - the bathroom is stylish and modern and quaint at the same time. The towels were soft and the toileteries of high quality.
The location -- We could not have been more pleased - the location allowed us to go back and forth between sightseeing all the main sights we wanted to see (Blue mosque, Aya Sophia, Topkapi palace, the Cistern, Bosphorous tour and returning to rest or freshen up. The map does not do justice to how close the hotel is to the blue mosque -- we were mesmerized at our arrival. We were around the corner from the mosque and Aya Sophia and a pleasant walk to Topkapi palace and the cistern...one cannot expect a better location. There is a wonderful bazaar right below the hotel and I was able to buy many of the momentos that I wanted to buy (note grand bazaar is also not far). Further around the corner -- there is a lovely cobblestone and hilly street which is lined with open air restaurants and shops. Further (!) a great feature is the open air restaurant (with heated lamps) steps from the hotel on next to the bazaar where there is live music each night and one can enjoy eating Turkish kebabs and other mezze (eggplant with yoghurt, stuffed peppers etc.) and listen to the music and watch the Sufi dervish dance. People also smoke sisha there. It’s a very relaxing environment and we went there each night after the entire day was over just to have a little more fun and relaxation. We felt very safe at all times and this was literally a 2 minute walk from the hotel.
The rooftop -- We also went up to enjoy the rooftop throughout the day to enjoy the magnificent sea views (Bosphorous and the Marmara). In the evening time the sunset is also beautiful there and one can see part of the blue mosque and all of Aya Sophia. The staff always offered to bring us Turkish tea. There will be a restaurant up there soon --which will be fantastic given the views. Right now the breakfast is served in a beautiful space downstairs -- the food is very tasty and served elegantly.
The staff -- was extremely friendly and helpful. If you have any questions or need suggestions -- they do everything with sincerity -- it was very refreshing and added to the quality of the stay. When I booked the cruise on the Bosphorous (which is also walking distance from the hotel) the staff arranged for the tour guy to walk over and pick me up at the hotel and take me back to the place where everyone else was waiting. From there we walked as a group to the boat.
I could go on but will stop here...I already returned there my second time and will recommend this hotel to family and friends. I had not anticipated such a memorable stay.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Magnaura Palace Hotel is a newly opened in the heart of historical peninsula. Located steps away from the highlights of Ottoman and Byzantium time [such as Blue Mosque, St Sophie, Topkapi Palace, Hippodrome and Basilica Cistern]We are at your service with our 18 rooms equipped with central heating and air condition systems, direct dial telephone, Satellite TV, sitting areas, writing tables and cupboards as well. We aimed to give you 5 star comfort in a boutique atmosphere. ... more less
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