My first time in Istanbul and the Dersaadet hotel was an excellent choice! I had no idea what to expect and was tagging along with friends from DC. Sometimes smaller is better and this time it was. Everything worked like clockwork. The hotel arraigned the transfer from the airport and it was painless. The hotel is a short ride/trip from the airport, about 20 mins depending on traffic. When we arrived at the Dersaadet, we were warmly greeted by staff and served hot tea with a Turkish delight. The room and bath were clean; I was impressed with the tiled bath in my room. The bed were comfortable. The morning breakfast was the traditional European breakfast veggies, eggs, coffee, juice, grains, yogurt, mixed fruit, sausages to name a few of the items. The roof dining area is enclosed with glass roof with an exterior balcony on nice sunny days. I can't say enough about the staff. They were very attentive and pleasant to be around. The Dersaadet is close to the T1 tram line, the Grand Bazaar, the Palace, Blue Mosque and several other places all being about a 10 min walk up the narrow streets where you get to mix with the locals. I never had a worry about safety, even when coming in at 2 AM, At one point we got lost on the narrow streets but still felt safe. Even the Morning Prayer at 6:30ish was not too bad, and after being in the city you get used to hearing it. My only complaint, if I had one was the WiFi didn't work too well on the roof, but it did perform well in the room. I definitely would, and have recommended the Dersaadet to the locals who may have friends or family visiting. I’ve already recommended it to friends who have trips planned to Istanbul in the spring.