Traveling with my son (age 6) and my father, we only had two nights to visit Istanbul for the first time, and the Osmanhan hotel definitely contributed to our excellent impression of the city. First, the hotel arranged transportation from the airport, which was much welcomed after having to file a lost baggage claim - the driver was still there after an hour delay. Upon arrival, the hotel staff were helpful in directing us to both a store where I could buy pajamas and other essentials (due to missing luggage) and to a pleasant restaurant close to the hotel. It was such at treat to be able to walk by both the Blue Mosque and the Hagia Sofia on our first evening. The room itself was perfect for the three of us - not large, but clean and nicely decorated. There was a minibar with reasonably-priced beverages. Breakfast in the bright room on the top floor was excellent and must be even better when it is warm enough to sit outside. The hotel staff (Fatih) provided excellent suggestions for all of our meals in Istanbul, and was generally an exemplary ambassador for his city. We appreciated the small, friendly feel of the hotel, but as other reviewers have said, this is closer to a bed-and-breakfast style hotel - which suited us perfectly. We were very pleased with our choice of hotel and will no doubt stay there if we are lucky enough to go to Istanbul again. (Oh, and you will be woken up by the call to prayer in the early morning, but that just seemed like part of the experience...)
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