I stayed at the Erboy three nights in late May and I was very impressed. Value for money was excellent and I will definitely return to Istanbul and stay here. Therefore my overall rating is based on what one might expect compared to other hotels of the same price/caliber. Two friends from the US who are living in Istanbul saw the room and the Erboy has now become their new recommended hotel for visiting friends. I am a 46 y.o. female professional who travels for pleasure, and frequently solo. My younger days as a budget traveler have given way to more comfort and higher budget, but I don't seek luxury accomodations as I prefer to spend the money elsewhere. Therefore, I value modestly priced hotels that are safe, clean, comfortable and are in good locations. I love a great find and I consider the Hotel Erboy a great find. I do not recommend this hotel for those who like American-syle rooms, chain hotels, or who need 4-star accomodations to be satisfied.
LOCATION: For those wanting to stay in Sultanhamet , the location is excellent. Short block from tram stop. Street not a very busy one. As solo female, I felt completely safe. Walk to Aya Sofia, Blue Mosque, and Topkapi in a few min. Also can walk to Grand Bazaar, to the ferries, and over Galata Bridge to Beyoglu. Private airport transfer or taxi from airport is 50 TL (approx. $30) but the light rail/tram is easy and incredibly cheap (few dollars) and I highly recommend. No stairs enroute and I never had to lift my luggage once.
ROOM: I had a room w/ two twin beds on the 3rd floor overlooking the street in front of the hotel. Basic styling but not sterile. Size was average (by European standards). Mattress firm and very comfortable with good sheets. Built-in closet/armoire and separate vanity w/ mirror and stool. Convenient wall mounted lamp over each bed w/ convenient light switch at bed level. Several electrical outlets for recharging electronics. Bathroom was spotless w/ marble tile floor and ceramic tile walls. Bar and liquid soap provided. Good shower and plenty of hot water. Some sound thru walls transferred but not bothersome. Windows glazed so street sounds (limited traffic) not a problem when window closed, but I slept w/ it open and it was fine. Room has A/C w/ remote control. Television w/ channels in French, Italian, English (incl. BBC), among others. Phone. Room service, but didn't use. Two elevators on each guest room floor.
BREAKFAST: After 3 weeks in Turkey and having seen a variety of breakfast quality, this was by far the best and most varied. Besides the typical Turkish breakfast of tomatoes, olives, cucumbers, feta, white cheese, hard cooked eggs, and bread/butter/jam, there was muesli, milk, yogurt, honey, fresh fruit, selection of breads/rolls, criossants, scrambled eggs (although runny) and REAL filtered coffee - everywhere else I got Nescafe. There was the typical salami (pink meat common throughout Turkey - they don't have pork there so it's like bologna). Ignore the "orange juice" as it's orange drink, but that was typical in Turkey not to have oj - they seem to have fruit nectars in the grocery stores. Easy to get fresh squeezed oj on the street cheaply so it didn't bother me. There were other breakfast selections I don't recal. Breakfast room is a pleasant one with linen table cloths. Of note were individually wrapped sugar cubes, a first in my month in the country where everywhere I went the sugar bowl was spoonless and saw countless hands reaching in. This was a clear commitment to hygiene.
STAFF: Consistently warm and helpful and this goes for every single individual with whom I interacted. This management is clearly focused on customer satisfaction. Ayse, the concierge, was friendly and attentive, providing me with options for group tours as well as independent exploration. I detected absolutely no pressure or push whatsoever toward tours.
ROOFTOP LOUNGE: Was open for drinks only as it was early in the season. It was charming and pleasant.
RESTAURANT: Daily specials (15 Euro for complete meal w/ appetizer, salad, and dessert). Food was decent although forgettable.
I absolutely recommend this hotel for its location, value, staff, cleanliness, and good beds.
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