Asmali hotel made our trip! The rooms were very comfortable and clean. The breakfast was one of the best with warm milk served for tea that was hard to find elsewhere. The location was the best possible as all the top places of interest like Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace, Hagia Sophia, Basilica Cistern, Grand Bazaar are 5 minutes of leisurely walk away. But an even greater highlight was the amazingly hospitable staff. We were on a 6 day stopover trip with only 2 days in Istanbul carrying 4 large suitcases and Mr Sadik on hearing our travel plans himself offered to store our luggage for us free of charge while we went touring the rest of Turkey. That was one big problem for us solved in less than 2 mins of checking in. As if that wasn't enough, when we returned to pick our bags after taking an overnight bus from Cappadocia and with a few hours to spare for our flight, he offered us breakfast and a room to freshen up and rest and later even refused to take any payment for that. Then he arranged our airport transfer and by the time we stepped out of the room, our bags were already loaded. I have travelled the world but never seen this level of hospitality or personal care and attention to the clients. I think it is that what makes Asmali hotel the best place to stay in Istanbul. One tip: If you stop here make sure you ask Mr Sadik to show you the place he gets his daily bread from. It was warm, crispy and better than any bread we've ever had.
- Also Known As:
- Asmali Konak Hotel
- Asmali Konak Hotel Turkish Mansion
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Asmali Hotel is ready to accommodate you with its well decorated rooms, terrace with Marmara Sea and Blue Mosque view. We serve an excellent open buffet breakfast on our Terrace Restaurant with a 360' view which includes the Blue Mosque and the Sea of Marmara.The Hotel Asmali is a boutique catogorised hotel and have 15 rooms.We located in the Old City (Sultanahmet) which is the most historical area of Istanbul. We are within walking distance of most of the major sites; the Imperial palace (Topkapi) of the Ottoman Empire. The most important places in this area are Topkapi Palace, Hagia Sophia, Sultan Ahmet Camii (the Blue Mosque), the Hippodrome, the Grand Bazaar (Covered Market), Undergroun Cistern and the Museum of Islamic Art... Our friendly and professional staff will make you feel at home, with traditional Turkish hospitality. ... more less
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