My wife and I stayed at the TomTom hotel for a long weekend in Istanbul and we both loved it. I get to stay a lot in hotels due to my job and I've seen my share of good hotels. This however is definitely coming onto my top 10 list. The hotel itself is beautiful; contemporary design that combines both modern and classic style elements. The light wooden floors give the rooms and floodways a very friendly and chic touch. The rooms and all other areas of the hotel are extremely clean. Spotless. I am very picky with cleanliness and it takes a lot for me to run around barefoot in a hotel room. I had no concerns whatsoever in this one. The roof top terrace on the top floor alone, overlooking large parts of Istanbul's Beyoglu area and the Bosphorus is worth visiting the hotel. Breakfast is served there and the exclusive setting, view and quality of the food makes every breakfast one you don't wanna finish quick. Only the choice of food could be a little bit richer but that's about the only comment for improvement I have.
The mattress and blankets are of superb quality, always fresh and with a nice and clean smell. We both slept like babies. The water pressure in the shower was perfect and there were so many toiletries, you don't really need to bring anything yourself.
The service is equally fantastic and I consumed a lot of it. Taxi reservations (including instructions for the Turkish drivers), restaurant bookings, etc, all done professionally and with a smile. But what blew me away most was the offer to use one of their rooms on our last day AFTER check out (our flight left at midnight) to take a shower and freshen up before we left for the airport. We could deposit our luggage at the hotel after check out, do our thing and then come back in the evening, freshen up and leave for the airport relaxed and with a smile. This is not something most of the other hotels I strayed in would offer.
I want to mention Mr. Alican from the front desk specifically because I dealt with him the most and he has been overly friendly, helpful and extremely professional. Thank you for all your help and your great service!
The location is also great. Right opposite the Italian consulate/embassy (which makes the area extremely well guarded and QUIET!!) and only a 2 minute walk to Istekal caddesi, the main street with all the shops in Beyoglu. Only the walk up to the main road might be a little too steep for older people I guess.
We had a really good time in Istanbul and largely thanks to TomTom. Rest assured, I will never book any other hotel when I'm in Istanbul.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Tomtom Suites, The Old Franciscan House is an authentic Istanbul building whose posture reflects the social history of Pera from 1850’s to recent. Throughout its history, this building was home for French nuns and some well-known Levantine families. Now it is ready to host its new guests with its "unique" service policy and a new design, pairing modern comfort with historical background. Tomtom Suites, The Old Franciscan House has 20 suites, a terrace offering a panoramic view of old town and a nostalgic outlook. It tells the story of an over 100 years old building with a stylish language, but without loosing the essence of the story. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Tomtom Hotel Istanbul