Osman Han Hotel was particularly special for a number of reasons, as many have been stated in other reviews. I look for certain qualities in a hotel, especially those abroad in foreign countries. I try to find smaller, boutique hotels that have a more intimate quality, without being a bed and breakfast. I found such a hotel in the Osman Han. A family owned and managed so proficiently by Fatih Ozer, it is a gem of a hotel with only 7 rooms, clean, affordable and convenient... all the attributes of what I think any traveler would look for. The friendliness and affable nature of the staff, welcome the visitor as if you are family. You can sit in the small front lobby and have a wonderful conversation and learn so much more about a new country and city. You can be directed to places only the locals go to and thereby experience Istanbul in a far less touristy nature. Osman Han is well located in Sultanahmet, the Old City and convenient to mosques and other attractions. The tram is within walking distance and easily navigable.
The rooftop dining room serves morning breakfast with fresh fruits, vegetables, eggs and a variety of condiments for a satisfying breakfast. The thick yogurt was especially tasty with rose jam or cherry jam. Every morning we sat among the other guests to chat and greet the day and plan our excursions for the day ahead. We would come back after a day of exploring Istanbul and be totally exhausted,but always greeted at the front desk with a smile and a greeting. How comfortable and informal we felt each and every day.
I would easily stay here again and would recommend it to any visitor who wants a hotel experience to be personal and memorable. I am a senior and was a little concerned about the lack of a lift in the hotel.... but in actuality it was not that difficult. The staff are more than willing to carry your bags and bring any requests to you.
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