This is a great boutique hotel with 50-55 rooms, located on a small street between the Sirkeci train station and the Topkapi Palace. It is a 5-15 minute walk to all the tourist sites (Blue Mosque, Grand Bazaar, etc) - but in an area with restaurants and stores which cater to local customers as well as tourists. All of the rooms have a double bed or 2-3 twin beds. My room was good size by European standards, with a wood laminate floor, small Turkish rug, comfortable double bed, nightstand, wardrobe, desk, table, arm chair, and mini-bar. There was a flat screen tv with hundreds of mostly Turkish channels and an in-room safe. The free wifi worked well in my room. My bathroom had a shower, but most rooms have a bathtub. The rooms are very nicely furnished and decorated. The small touches (matching trim on the furniture and door, crown molding, nice framed prints, nice lamps), as well as the very nice lobby and breakfast area, make the hotel seem more expensive than it actually is. The lobby is large and very nicely decorated, with several sitting areas. The buffet breakfast is large, with mostly Turkish foods including fresh honeycomb. This is a full service hotel, with bellhops present at all times. The staff are nice, and the hotel gives you small gifts (Turkish delights and tea) at check-out. If you make a reservation directly with the hotel AND pay cash (euros or Turkish lira), you get a 10% discount. You can book a shared van to the airport for 5 euros from an office around the corner. The owners or managers also run the Sapphire Hotel, which seems quite similar. I highly recommend this hotel.
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- Also Known As:
- Maywood Hotel Istanbul