We stayed here in July 2013. It was the best hotel we stayed in in our whole vacation, the room and all the finishing's were perfect, right down to the Molton Brown toiletries (though they never re-stocked the bath soap or bath salts!). Our room looked out on the vacant lot next door so that was not special but it was full of light so no problem there, and if we wanted the view the roof top restaurant is great. Speaking of which the breakfasts were excellent with a nice fresh selection and eggs to order and attentive staff.
The location is also great, just a short stroll (albeit up a steep hill) to İstiklal Avenue and all the shops, nightlife and restaurants there.
The front desk staff were also great and helped us organise lots of little things.
One thing worth mentioning is that when we were the the Turkish police were clashing with protesters in the Taksim area, this spread down İstiklal Avenue as the police effectively enforced a curfew on the whole neighbourhood, shooting tear gas at anyone down side streets (they had to close the restaurant roof and windows more than once to keep the gas out, though this was only partly effective). The hotel staff were obviously embarrassed by this, so much so they didn't comment about it or advise how to avoid trouble. This meant we went into the area later, thinking it was over only to have a tear gas canister go off 8 metres away from us. If it were my hotel i would have my ear to the grapevine and have a sign at the front door advising guests to avoid a certain area on this night. I understand why they didn't, and we now have a very interesting story to tell, just worth mentioning!
- 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