The Barcelo Saray is located along the main tram line through the old city of Istanbul. Close to the grand bazaar, it's two tram stops (or a 10 minute walk) from Aya Sofia and the Blue Mosque. That means it's close enough for access, but far enough to not get caught in the morass of tawdry, overpriced tourist traps that cluster around the famous sights of old Istanbul. Rooms may vary, but our deluxe room was as large as any we have had in Europe, had a good-sized private terrace with two lounges, a table and chairs, a (limited) view of the Sea of Marmara, and was quite quiet given the neighborhood. The immediate area is pretty tacky, with more knockoff designer clothes than you can shake a stick at, but that's not the fault of the hotel. Go one tram stop west and the shopping improves quite dramatically,
the buffet breakfast was excellent: cheeses, fruits, cereals, yogurts, eggs, meats, a variety of breads: you'd be hard pressed to find a better western buffet.
We found the staff to be friendly, and extremely helpful, and are recommending it to family members planning a future trip.
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- Barcelo Saray Hotel
- Barcelo Saray Hotel Istanbul
- Barcelo Hotel Istanbul
- Barcelo Hotel Saray
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