The Dersaadet Hotel is a small, cozy hotel. The dark woodworking and floors and the traditional interior decoration lend it a warm, calm atmosphere - which was very welcome after struggling with the crowds at the major tourist sights during the day (we were there during the Easter break). Everything is very clean and orderly, and the efficient staff works well within the restrictions of the space. The rooms are traditionally decorated but bathrooms are modern. We had the corner suite room with a jacuzzi. Soaking in it was most welcome at the end of a busy day of sightseeing. The hotel is located near some of the most popular tourist sights (the Blue Mosque seems almost next door when you view it from the breakfast room) but was unexpectedly quiet at night. Just be sure to bring your earplugs so the very early morning calls for prayer don't wake you up. The staff was excellent - kind, helpful and very polite (they always stood up when they talked to the guests). When we asked for restaurant recommendations or the name of the shop that sold the tasty sugar coated nuts served at breakfast they graciously gave us names and directions. One member of the staff came around to our table each morning at breakfast to ask us if we had any questions or just to talk about our plans for the day. The breakfast was also very generous and tasty, although the room was a bit crowded as it was a bit chilly on the outdoor terrace. Breakfast was served from 8 AM but since we were all early risers we would have appreciated an earlier opening - like 7:30 AM. There are some family-style restaurants nearby, but for those who would like a wide range of choices of places to eat in the evening or to have a drink, one has to venture further. The neighborhood has a lot of boutiques that close at 7 PM. One minor request - the rooms need a place near the sink to put toiletries down. Also one member of the staff had a very abrupt and curt way of speaking - an occasional smile or bit of small talk might have helped softened the way he came over. All in all we had a wonderful stay in Turkey and have very pleasant memories of our stay at the Dersaadet. It was like a home away from home.
- Also Known As:
- Istanbul Dersaadet Hotel
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Reconstructed as a 19th century Ottoman Mansion, Dersaadet Hotel Istanbul is a distinctive small hotel located in the center of old Istanbul. ... more less
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