We just returned from a week's stay in the Lausos Hotel in Istanbul. The hotel is an excellent value in this magical city. You can not beat the location in the old historical center near the Blue Mosque and a couple of blocks from the Tram. There is a lift and a rooftop terrace with magnificent views. I'm sure the suites on the 4th floor share these same views. The rooms are squeaky clean and the bed comfortable. The noise from traffic could be lessened with some double glazed windows though. Traffic slows down at night, so it is tolerable if you are not a light sleeper. Breakfast was a good assortment of cheeses, meats, boiled eggs, scrambled eggs, fresh yogurt, fruits, coffee and fresh squeezed juices.
The only reason I didn't give the Lausos a 5 rating was the bathroom. While reasonably sized and very clean, there is only a jetted tub with a short hosed spray head. The entire bathroom is done in attractive, but slippery tile and there is no place to hang towels or put toiletries. I have a knee problem that prevents getting in and out of a tub. So taking a "shower" consisted of sitting on the side tube to use the spray hose because the hose itself was too short to use standing. Washing my hair was extremely difficult. I am only 5'8", so I can't imagine what a very tall person would do. The bathroom shortcomings could easily be fixed with a few minor and inexpensive additions... a long hose for the spray, a bracket on the wall to attach the spray head to for a standing shower, a simple shower curtain and some hooks for hanging towels and toiletry bags. I would strongly urge management to make these minor changes.
What truly made our stay at this hotel outstanding was the front desk daytime staff, Soner. His excellent english, warmth and gracious personality were very much appreciated. Soner paid close attention to all the little details that made this vacation so special... from suggesting restaurants, giving us information on sites to visit, to making transportation arrangements for us. Soner made us feel like very important and special guests. We thank him very much for his professionalism and his wonderful sense of humor.
We would definitely stay at this wonderful little hotel again and highly recommend it.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Lausos Hotel Istanbul is a new boutique hotel located in the heart of the centuries old empires' capital. Neighbors of the Lausos Hotel Istanbul are the great St. Sophia, Blue Mosque, the Basilica Cistern, the Topkapi Palace, the Grand Bazaar, Islamic Arts Museum. ... more less
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