Following a country-wide tour of Turkey I wanted to spend a few more days in Istanbul. After considering several hotels I chose the Orient Express Hotel due to its location, price and wonderful reviews found on this website and others. I could not have made a better choice. The hotel is excellently located in the historic area and on a tram line. It is only a ten to fifteen minute uphill (not terribly steep) walk to the Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, the Cistern, Blue Mosque, etc. or you can take the tram up to their location or on to the Grand Bazaar. The hotel is a ten to fifteen minute walk (a gentle downhill walk) to the Spice Market and New Mosque. Also, the tram can take you across the bridge to the Dolmabahce Palace as the tram line ends right before the entrance to the Palace. There are tram stops located on both sides of the hotel. The hotel room is not large, but is spotlessly clean, comfortable and the air-conditioning works well. The bathroom is very nice and, again, spotlessly clean. My room was on the sixth floor overlooking the street and there was very little tram or street noise to be heard. There are two elevators which is convenient and a bar and free internet access station off the lobby. I found the free wi-fi connectivity to be very good in my room. The staff is excellent and always helpful when answering questions, giving directions and providing free city and tram maps. They will, also, arrange taxi or car service transportation for you. The included breakfast is good and is served downstairs from the lobby. The hotel rooftop has a wonderful view across the Golden Horn and is where the excellent and not very expensive "Imbat Restaurant" is located. The "Oriental Chicken" entree I had is one of the best meals I have ever eaten. Afternoon drinks can be had there while taking in the view. As I did not need to utilize the free airport pick-up option, the hotel substituted a free ride to the airport when I left. If you can take advantage of the hotel offer of an 11% discount with full cash payment upon check-in you can save a bit of money. I am glad I chose the Orient Express Hotel and would highly recommend this hotel and staff to anyone wanting a safe, comfortable, friendly, helpful and peaceful place to stay.
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- Hotel Orient Express
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