My wife and I were in Turkey for over 2 weeks and for various reason we spent most of our time in Istanbul staying at 3 different hotels. Given our time again we would have stayed at 5oda for all our time in Istanbul. But one note of caution: if you have mobility issues, this is not the place for you; otherwise a fantastic place to stay.
5oda was by far our best experience. We had a great room on the top floor that was accessible by way of a lift. The lift was tiny and could only manage 2 people at a time without baggage, but this was not an issue.
The room was larger that your standard hotel room with an extremely comfortable huge bed, suspect king, but may have been bigger. The rooms decor was a tad out there, but still very acceptable.
The bathroom was a bit small and not very well designed and as such not all that functional, but still quite acceptable.
Breakfast was served each morning and this was a treat. Standard treats every morning, but also something different every day that was also prepared on sight by the extremely friendly and helpful staff. There were no time pressure around having breakfast, all we had to do each morning was to advise a member of staff when we were ready and within 15 - 20 minutes we were tucking into a scrumptious start to the day.
Something I didn't glean from 5oda's website was how close it is to the subway, the funicular and the bottom end of the famous Istiklal Street. Simply turn left on exiting the hotel and a short, but fairly steep 300m walk, and there you are. There is even an old fashioned tram available to take you along Istiklal Street to Taksim Square.
To use any of the public transport in Istanbul, and this includes all trams, the subway and ferries there would seem to be 2 options. You can purchase tokens where one token allows a one way trip to the dead head of the particular form of transport you select. Each token costs 2 Turkish lire. Tokens are available by way of vending machines at all subway stations, most tram stops and at each end of the 2 funiculars that are available in Istanbul. Alternatively, and this was the method we used, you can purchase an Istanbulkart, this will cost 6 Turkish lire and can be loaded with Turkish lire (in much the same way as an OysterCard works in London) at the same locations that tokens can be purchased. Use of the Kart provides discounted travel and is far more convenient. As a couple we only purchased one card and this worked well.
Go right out of the hotel and then right again and then stroll down the narrow street passing a variety of shops and residential accommodation to Galata Tower. Here you will find a number of very friendly and good quality restaurants and take away food stores. Keep left after the Tower and for the more adventurous, you can make you way down to the Galata Bridge. From there the world is your oyster, but remember if you don't want to walk back up the hill, there is a funicular that will take you back up the top. Look for the "Tunel" signs not far from the fish market on the left before you cross the Bridge to the Spice Market.
I could go on about fabulous Istanbul, 5oda and Turkey generally but I am sure you will discover this for yourself.
One last word of caution: Beware the carpet sales man acting as an honorary tour guide and shoe shiners dropping "accidentally" polishing brushes, you will get bitten unless you are strong.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- It is a small and unique hotel with 5 rooms. Our little lodge simply offer 5 large rooms located in the Galata district of Istanbul. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- 5oda Hotel Istanbul