osmanhan was an excellent place to stay in instanbul; it’s a family run business
the location is perfect for quickly getting to the blue mosque, hagia sofia, topkapi palace and other main sites in the city. the staff are friendly, welcoming and ready to help in any way they can, with recommendations for restaurants, shopping, hamam, and travel; e.g. cappadocia. they even brought my parent’s luggage up to and down from the 4th floor - my parent's are in their 70's, so if you're a bit younger you may have to bring up your own luggage ;)
the rooms were comfortable, air conditioned, and quiet (even the room on the 1st floor). breakfast is server on the roof-top terrace, which provides a nice view of the city and the sea; many hotels in this area have roof-top terraces. the included breakfast was excellent - fresh fruit, vegetables, eggs, etc. much better than other included breakfasts i've had before.
they also own a carpet store that is about a 5-10 minute walk from the hotel that sells authentic refurbished rugs and the buying experience alone is worth a visit.
general tip for istanbul
if you are easily identified as a foreigner, some people will approach you and start speaking to you. they will introduce them self, try to shake your hand, ask you where you are form, anything to get your attention and keep you engaged. the best solution, we found, was to simply break eye contact, ignore them and keep walking. they will continue to speak to you no matter what you say or how polite you refuse their advances. they may even follow you for some time if they feel they can still get your attention. if you reply at all, be prepared for continued harassment. it’s an interesting skill, can be entertaining at times, but in the end, imho, is simply rude.
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