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There were four of us staying for a week during a field trip in July of 2015. This used to be a Greek court house during the Ottomans. The hotel is located in the historic Greek neighboorhood Phanar, a walking distance from the Greek Patriarchate....More
Sheets were somewhat dirty (had hair on them--pubic, eyelashes, maybe even cat hair also?!) but the nice gentleman who worked the front desk changed it for me...
(He speaks no English)
2 stars for nice guy and lower price, other wise 1 star.
It was just a strange hotel. I arrived at about 9.30pm and when the taxi driver dropped us off, to be honest I was kinda creeped out by the location. It was like being in some dark narrow backstreet alley. Even the hotel wasn't lit...More
Pros: Location is very good. A little shop just across the road, nearby restaurants, a hamam just 5-min. walk away, and very easy to get a cab right where the bus stop is. Great experience of the local neighbourhood. The staff, which was one and...More
This was a nice and clean hotel, it has shared bathroom but you may get an attached one too. It has clean bathrooms too. I would rate it 4 if it had air conditioner. The parking was a problem and people of this area were...More
This sleepy and rather socially conservative area of Istanbul hosts a small but thriving Jewish community, the patriarchate of the Eastern Orthodox Church, and some of the most beautiful churches and Christian art in the world. Much of what’s most interesting to witness in Fener and Balat sits between the surviving ancient city walls of Constantinople and the serene shores of the Golden Horn. Despite the many splendid
sights, historic attractions, stunning vistas, and warm Turkish welcome, the area remains largely unperturbed by the tourist trade that characterizes the atmosphere in nearby Sultanahmet and around the Grand Bazaar. Travelers that like to explore off the beaten track will reap big rewards for making the effort to visit this low-key part of town.