This was our first time in Turkey and we were not sure what to expect. But from the time we stepped into this hotel, the manager Ilknur and the rest of the staff were extremely hospitable and helpful. Ilknur helped us get oriented in the city with some helpful maps and very useful tips on how to get around. He gave recommendations for restaurants, sights and areas.
The room was modest but had a comfy bed and a clean bathroom and a well-stocked fridge (water, soda, etc). They had excellent views from the rooftop of the blue mosque on one side and the marmara sea on the other. We enjoyed several sunsets on the rooftop with a coffee or a beer. They also served a great breakfast on this rooftop every morning.
One of the best aspects of this hotel is the location. You can walk to every major site in the Sultanhamet district (Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, Basilica Cistern, etc.) and if you don't mind a little longer walk you can cover Sirkeci on foot as well. And the area around the hotel is very quaint and laid back with steep hills paved with cobblestone and flanked by picturesque building facades.
All in all, it was a great experience and we would highly recommend Osmanhan hotel to anyone traveling to Istanbul.
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