I believe that this is a wonderful hotel for both a short or an extended stay in Istanbul. The location cannot be beat if you are intent upon ferreting out all the must-see sights. You are within a quick walk of Topkapi, Ayasofya, the Cistern, the Museum of Turkish and Islamic Art, the Mosaic Museum, the Palace of Bucoleon, the Sublime Porte, et al.
All the staff at the Peninsula were wonderful during our two week stay. Without exception, they went out of their way to make our stay enjoyable, and were very helpful in solving any problems that came up while visiting this extraordinary city
I would suggest earplugs if you are a light sleeper, as no matter where you stay you will hear the call to prayer five times a day---but this is anywhere in the City, double glazing aside. The hotel itself was perfectly quiet, and we did not hear our neighbours.
The only suggestion I would have for this engaging establishment is to somehow find a way to have a well-lit public room, so those of us who cannot sleep in the wee hours (and are too boorish to pray) can sit comfortably somewhere and immerse ourselves in in a book by Yasar Kemal , Pamuk, Rahmi or Emre.
We had a perfect holiday, other than it being a week too short!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to the Hotel Peninsula in Istanbul. We are a small boutique hotel, nestled quietly at the end of leafy laneway. We are nestled amount this city’s great historical landmarks and you will instantly transport your mind heart upon arrival. When you go to buy your morning paper, you stroll past our 489 year old Turkish Hamam, tangled with vines and moss. This truly is an immersion into an oriental parallel, and we are pleased to be able to offer you warm, friendly accommodation during your journey here. The Peninsula has become a cultural institution over the years and we look forward (“wait with four eyes” in Turkish) to welcoming you to our extended family. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Peninsula Hotel Istanbul
- Peninsula Istanbul
- Istanbul Peninsula