Our travel agent in Turkey (Sojourn Turkey) told us that we had been 'upgraded' to this hotel since it was much better than our earlier selection. We took the agent's word for it. It is located on the Sea of Marmara. The location cannot be beat. Our room on the other hand was at the back of the hotel overlooking a rear alleyway. The room was small but that was not a problem in and of itself. It was well appointed and had all the amenities that we needed. Since we were busy sightseeing we did not spend a lot of time in this room.
The staff was consistently polite with the exception of the gent who runs the restaurant. He was mostly dour and grumpy. The breakfast spread was very good and the restaurant with a beautiful view of the Sea of Marmara was a great place to eat. The one dinner we ate at this restaurant was adequate and will do in a pinch.
The lady concierge was very good and efficient. She was able to help us with all our reservations and tickets for the Mevlevi Sema ceremony at the Hodgapasha center.
Without an ocean view room this was a wasted 'upgrade'. Would have been better off staying someplace with out a view. I admit it was my fault for not making this clear to the travel agent.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Kalyon hotel is a four star hotel ideally located in the center of the historic peninsula of Istanbul, Sultanahmet, by the Sea of Marmara. Kalyon Hotel is serving Turkish tourism more then 45 years. All the rooms have been refurbished between 2009 and 2010. Half of the hotel rooms overlook the sea of Marmara and the Asian Side, other rooms have a view over the old city of Istanbul, Sultanahmet. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Kalyon Hotel Istanbul