Pros: Location, comfortable bed, room quality, free breakfast, free internet
Cons: Right next to a mosque (read: the morning prayers may wake you up), there aren't blackout curtains
We stayed at this hotel for 3 nights in late September. We arrived late and checked in after a 40 turkish lira cab ride from the airport (about 20 USD). They had a porter ready who took our bags up to our room and showed us how to use the room (relatively straight forward comparing to other European hotels). The rooms are well appointed and in great condition. It may not be the biggest room, but they are very pleasant and unique (the bed is actually a sleigh style bed - very nice). The room comes with 2 bottles of water as I would suggest avoiding the tap water.
The first morning we didn't wake up at ~6am during the morning prayers (the next 2 days we did). When we woke up, it may have been one of the best nights sleep we've had at a hotel. It was a very comfortable bed. We headed down for breakfast which you can eat outside in the court yard or inside. Pretty standard breakfast: eggs, sausage, fruit, breads, etc. It did have a Turkish style sausage and some other Turkish flair which does make it unique from a standard hotel breakfast (it is pretty much the same every day, but that is to be expected). It did have really good fresh OJ. After breakfast, we walked about 500 meters and we were right at the entrance to Topkapi palace. Its another 500-800 meters from there to the tram which will bring you to the other interesting areas of the city (grand bazar, the other side of the golden horn, etc). We spend the next 2 days seeing all the city has to offer.
As for restaurants in the area, it is adjacent to a street with a bunch of restaurants. We didn't visit any of these, but it is an option.
Upon leaving, it is only a minute wait for a taxi to the airport as a taxi company is right across the street from the hotel (same price back from the hotel to the airport).
The only complaints that I have are that the rooms are not sound proofed (woke up during the morning prayers) and that there were no black out curtains, so it got light in the room when the sun got up.
Would I recommend this hotel, definitely.
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