The hotel is in perfect location, very central. The staff are very helpful and friendly, and the hotel is lovely decorated and the rooms are brand new, and very nicely decorated, everything is just like on the pictures and hotel website, just even better! They offer transfer from or to the airport, and I would say that the transfer to the hotel is more important, as the airport is huge, and you simply want to settle down as smooth as possible - everything went perfectly well. We also asked them to arrange transfer on our way back, and it was also nice, and cheap - around 25 euros for two of us. Breakfast is good, and different every day, I liked it very much, as it is an opportunity to try some local specialties as well. The hotel restaurant is very good, with great barbecue, and also very good prices, you have to try it! The rooms are not that small considering that this is a central, city hotel. It is a bit noisy during the night, as there is a night club near by, but we had no problem sleeping. If you do not like noise, do not go to Istanbul, go to spa or countryside :) We got a nice fruit basket for New Year! Wi-Fi is also working well in the rooms, and it is free of charge.
Taksim square offers broad range of possibilities for exploring the city, as you can choose bus, metro, trams or taxis to go anywhere you want. Taxis are very cheap for a European city, we haven't paid more than 10 euros for any taxi ride. You can also walk to Sultanahmet if you like, it is around 5 km, but with so many things to see it is a very nice walking tour. You can also walk to Dolmabahce palace, even to Ortakoy or Fenar . I would really recommend this hotel to everyone who wants to see the best of Istanbul, and feel like it's citizen - as it's central location offers blending in, not like in some other areas (close to Grand Bazaar, for e.g.), where you cannot get rid of annoying shoe "cleaners", and souvenir sellers, and where everything is written on Russian or Italian, just to make the tourists feel like at "home" and buy as much as possible. As shopping was not our main preference, we wanted to avoid that hassle and explore the sites and the city. I would like to come here again!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A dream of a city, a city of dreams; a place of fantasies-come-true; a glorious city, the seat of successive empires for two millennia; the only city on Earth to straddle two continents; an eternal city with sensual perfumes of love and mystery and pleasures beyond the ordinary; an amalgam of Asia and Europe, of the new and the time-honored and of Anatolian breezes redolent of jasmine and honeysu Our commodious boutique-hotel sits inside the heart of modern Istanbul, in Beyoglu/Pera, minutes from Taksim, seconds from youthful and exciting Istiklal Caddesi, within easy reach of cultural institutions, world-heritage mega-sites, exuberant entertainment, unforgettable and delicious dining and affordable quality-shopping. A stay with us is a safe, clean and luxurious way to visit Istanbul from inside its heart. We offer you a home away from home, with friendly, professional service and every amenity you deserve as you discover this timeless city. A hotel to revisit often; a hotel to cherish. Situated just a few steps to Taksim Square and Istiklal Avenue, Santa Ottoman is 100 metres to Taksim Metro Station. It offers Ottoman, Baroque and Boutique decorated rooms with air conditioning and a flat-screen TV with cable channels. All rooms at Santa Ottoman Hotel come with free tea/coffee making facilities, minibar and a safety deposit box. The bathrooms include a hairdryer and free amenities. The Hotel’s reception and tour desk is available 24/7. Free WiFi is accessible in all rooms. A rich breakfast is served daily. Restaurant serves traditional dishes and guests can enjoy a refreshing drink at the bar. Room service is also available. Taksim Metro and Bus Station allows easy access to important districts and landmarks such as historical Sultanahmet Grand Bazaar area and Galata Tower. Lutfi Kirdar Convention and Exhibition Centre is just a 10-minute walk from Santa Ottoman. ... more less
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