We were a family of 6 ( 4 kids) and booked a family room for 8 Nights (1 double and 3 single beds).
Erhan offered free pick up and drop off to airport as well as a complimentary meal at an excellent restaurant.
Erhan and his staff (Haruk, Byram, Mohammed and Samra) were simply fantastic in looking after all our needs. Lots of genuine love given to the children, in particular the little one was spoilt by Byram and Samra.
The hotel is very clean and very new, staff come to clean the room and replace towels every day. There is always at least one person if not two at reception to meet your needs. The room has a safe, phone, TV, mini fridge, shower and hair dryer. But no Kettle or cups for tea / coffee.
Breakfast was on the balcony with brilliant views of the sea of marmara and included cereal, selection of fresh fruit, selection of bread and various spreads, boiled eggs, fresh orange / cherry juice, tea / coffee, milk for the kids.
The location is on a hill, with Sokullu Mosque 30 seconds away which was perfect for me for the early morning and late night prayer.
Blue Mosque was 10 mins away - again meaning all the family could go for the sunset prayer every evening.
The only two negatives were, no one turned up to pick us up at the airport, but Erhan refunded me the cost of the taxi from the airport to the hotel and also the bathroom was very small (i.e. your head is practically touching the wall when sat on the loo!!! )
I would recommend any young family with kids to use Dara, I will be returning to it next year.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Hotel Dara is located at the heart of the Old City in Istanbul. Historically, the building was once used as a sweet Ottoman mansion, which was renovated as a Hotel in 2009. Hotel Dara has 50 seat capacity with a rooftop restaurant. Along with a team of professional staff, it offers a great opportunity for its guests to have their rich breakfast while enjoying the mystical view of the Marmara Sea and the beautiful Sokollu Mehmet Pasa Mosque. ... more less
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