Tip: book through the hotel website (not through a third party site) and negotiate perks like a free transfer from the airport. The hotel was very good about matching prices.
We recently spent five nights in this hotel. The hotel was generally fine but we did experience some major problems which were all related to ventilation in the room. We were assigned a room on a “smoking” floor, and second-hand smoke wafted in through the vents all night long. The hotel was able to move us to a non-smoking floor for the duration of our visit (nights 2-5), but the ventilation issues continued. Our visit was during March, and despite the 25 degree Celsius temperatures during the day, the HVACs were set to “heat” so the only way to get air circulation without turning the room into a sauna was to open a window. . . which was fine until the first call to worship from the Blue Mosque and the subsequent waking/chirping of nearby birds all before 5:00. Also, the bathroom fans are controlled by a master hotel switch - they cannot be turned on or off from the room. This resulted in very steamy rooms each morning at shower time and no ventilation at night time.
The room was very small, but the amenities were nice. In addition to coffee and tea, the hotel provided soap, shower gel, shampoo, dental kids (toothbrush/toothpaste), slippers, and loofahs. The room seemed well appointed for the price, but suffered from lack of storage space (we had trouble finding space for a small suitcase). The room was spotless clean - better than many we have seen throughout Europe!
The breakfast was lovely and was offered in a beautiful setting.
Note that there are stairs leading everywhere around this property, and I did not notice an elevator or ramps at all. This is not a good hotel choice for someone with limited mobility.
Overall, it was an okay experience. Most of the other hotels in this touristy part of town did not seem like they would have been as pleasant for our “American” tastes, so we were fairly pleased with our choice.
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- Best Western Istanbul
- Istanbul Best Western
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