While in college 35 years ago, I minored in Art History. I studied Byzantine Art and sat through many awe inspiring hours of slides depicting the Hagia Sophia and Chora Church. Sitting in that dark lecture hall I prayed that one day I would see the Hagia Sophia with my own eyes. March 20, 2013 my dream came true. It was a mystical experience for me.
However, I never thought that the hotel I would select would play a part in my overall experience in Istanbul. We stayed at the Best Western Arimis in Paris,France 2 years prior so I was inclined to try another Best Western for this trip. I can't imagine choosing any hotel better than the Best Western Citadel to enhance my over all experience in Turkey.
Several months before arrival I contacted the hotel via gmail. I had very pleasant and helpful email exchanges with S. Atakan ALTUG and Niyazi Oztosun (Mr). All my questions were answered with much kindness.
Upon arrival, we were greeted warmly and our luggage was taken to our rooms. The staff helped us find our way to a wonderful restaurant, Rumist, to eat that first night which we frequented throughout our stay. The front desk person helped us arrange for a private tour of 4 major attractions which I highly recommend anyone who reads this do. The front desk recommended Ms Pervin Uslu who could not have been any nicer or more knowledgeable.
Also, breakfast was delicious, nutritious and plentiful. However, the best thing about breakfast was Cervil (?) who cooked the best waffles and eggs. He is an excellent addition to the staff and made our mornings ever so pleasant.
My own eyes saw the Hagia Sophia but my own eyes also enjoyed the warm hospitality from the staff at the Best Western Citadel....we will return!
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