The building won't win any awards for its architecture. And it has perhaps the world's smallest elevators. But my wife and I enjoyed our stay there greatly.
The staff was very helpful and friendly, with Yelda Gezer deserving special mention.
Some have mentioned the hotel's location. Despite what you may read in some reviews it is not in some dark alley but on a major road. It's not in a tourist area, though such places are within easy walking distance. Most stores on that road close at 7 or 8 p.m.. But that doesn't mean the area is dangerous (it's not in the least), just quiet in terms of passersby. This also means there are no touts trying to drag you into their shops or restaurants, which is very a nice change from the more touristy streets! There are still plenty of cars, though, so get a room on the side facing the Golden Horn, not the street if you care about quiet. The "Golden" rooms are worth it anyway for their view.
My wife and I arrived in Istanbul on an early flight. The front desk generously offered us breakfast that morning, which was greatly appreciated ... all the more so because the breakfast and the view from the rooftop restaurant were both wonderful. A recent reviewer mentioned omelets with breakfast. I never saw any or heard mention of them during my four breakfasts there; so if those are indeed on offer as part of the buffet the hotel should do a better job of letting people know about them. Regardless, we were very satisfied with all of the food we sampled.
We had no problem with the air conditioning. The TV was a flat-screen, though we never turned it on, so I can't testify to the number of channels or anything like that.
An extra note, in case this happens to anyone else: One bellman recommended we eat at the Olympos Restaurant along the Galata Bridge. Given the highly negative reviews I found later on Tripadvisor about that place, we're probably lucky we never came across that establishment. Perhaps it's wonderful if you're a local, though.
I would be happy to stay again at the Golden City Hotel.
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- Newly opened in 2010 with now 62 guest rooms, Istanbul Golden City Hotel continues to offer the greatest location to Istanbul's history. Just a few feet away guests can take time to marvel at the Blue Mosque or walk to many others such as The Grand Bazaar, Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, Blue Mosque, Galata Tower, Ataturk Bridge and Galata Bridge. ... more less
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