We wanted to find a budget option in Istanbul at about 30 euros per night and when the place we stayed wouldn't reduce their room rates to meet our needs they offered an alternative place called Tulip Guesthouse. We were a little worried but all our concerns were alleviated once we arrived at Tulip. The young owner called Esin was extremely friendly and helpful and particularly warm to our three year old son. Though the room was small it was entirely adequate and very very clean. Room service was exceptional and the breakfast was the best we had on our entire holiday of three weeks across Turkey and Iran. The variety of stuff on offer for our morning meal was huge including cornflakes which we new saw again after this trip. The views on offer from the cute breakfast room at the top were lovely overlooking the Marmara sea.
The location was a stone's throw away from Sultan Ahmet Mosque and Hagia Sofia so this was perfect. Esin gave us some great advice about where to change our money which was din the bazaar and this priced to be spot on as nowhere else came close to offering a better rate for the pound. She told us how to get to many different places offering many brochures. She even provided us a wake up call so we could get our shuttle bus to Ataturk airport which she also arranged and best of all she and her lovely parents looked after our son whilst we went to a Hamam that she arranged for us.
The only thing we didn't enjoy was the restaurant recommendation which was very overpriced at over 90 liras for two. But everything else was great and Esin is a sweet young woman who is like our family. We miss heating her mellifluous bounce calling our son in the morning. She was always at hand to help us out and was very easygoing and smiling all the time. There was also a lovely Georgian lady who helped us out or breakfast and we want to thank her too.
They even gave us breakfast when we missed the scheduled time through little fault of our own,that it was served daily which was so thoughtful. Thanks Esin!!!