This hotel is perfect in just about every way, location, character, lack of noise, and it's wonderful staff.
We had never been to Turkey or Istanbul previously and we were a bit daunted when we arrived, but with the expert help of the wonderful staff, in particular Nural, we have travelled with confidence to the most beautiful locations.
Upon your arrival you will find the street and location a bit run down, but don't be put off, the Hotel is an oasis in a bohemian paradise. It's handy to everything but lacks tourists and crowds. We loved the location because it provides you with some in site into Istanbul living. Streets are safe and locals are very friendly. Restaurants around the hotel are well hidden but have wonderful atmosphere with people watching opportunities and excellent food, but you'll need to ask for help.
The Hotel is in close proximity to the tram which is perfect for getting to the old city and is the quickest and most fun. Taxis are easy to order or flag from the end of the street. Walking to many locations is also easy.
The hotel layout is beautiful, most rooms have high ceilings and open onto the Bosporus River. They are well appointed and are well designed. Beds are comfy and there is a wide selection of pillows for the fussy sleeper. The restaurant is located in the top floor (open for bfast, lunch and dinner) where you can watch the ships and ferries bustle between the European and Asian continents.
I would have no hesitation to stay there again or suggesting it to the stylish traveller.
Thanks again to the great staff!
- 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