Very happy with this hotel. Great location, price and good breakfast.
You can reach the hotel by taxi or shuttle from the airport – not so expensive. But you can also come by local train getting off at the nearby station.
Finding the hotel by your-self might be difficult as city tourist maps are not very detailed and the print is so small and difficult to read. Unless you have one of those fancy GPS thingies on your smart phone I suggest that you print a detailed map from Google Maps. There are so many mini side streets that it’s so easy to get lost in Istanbul.
We took the added option of an “ocean room view”. Great view, definitely, but too much noise from the passing trains down below. At least the trains stopped late at night to give us a good sleep.
From this hotel you can walk up hill through the first market towards to the main square and the famous mosques. But you always need to make sure you are wearing comfortable walking shoes and that your trolley suitcase has robust wheels that can handle cobble stones and stairs.
While most people might tend to hike up town to see the sights, don’t forget to take a walk down below to the sea side promenade. The parks are very nice and it’s probably the only place in town you won’t be pestered to buy anything.
Ladies – always pack a large scarf to wrap over your head and bare shoulders when entering a mosque or church. Guys – take a pair of light weight track pants to cover your short pants. If you look as if you are respecting the local traditions then you will be respected as a visitor.
Careful with the money exchange booths at the airport. They are a rip off. Downtown you will find plenty of places with better rates and no commission. Anyway, don’t worry too much as any shop will take any currency. Bargain hard. Last but not least – if you settle your hotel bill with cash you get an extra 5% discount.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Deniz Houses, formerly Deniz Konak Hotel, consists of 2 buildings located in the guite and central part of Sultanahmet with a walking distance to the city's major highlights. The buildings are only 20 meters away from each other and both contain private ensuite rooms with same type of facilities. The hotel is located in the center of the historical quarter within walking distance of the city’s major attractions. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Deniz Houses Hotel Istanbul
- Deniz Konak Istanbul
- Hotel Deniz Konak