Whether or not a hotel is good often depends on what you're looking for. This hotel is great if you're looking to stay near the Old City but want to avoid premium prices. It's not so great if you're a light sleeper and plan to spend time relaxing in the hotel as well as being out & about.
The street it's on isn't fantastic - lots of rubbish lying around and a few roadworks during our stay, plus it's an uphill walk to get to Sultanahmet proper - but this didn't bother me too much as we were only walking past for a few minutes each day. The hotel is much nicer on the inside than it appears from the outside! There's a nice reception area and everything is kept clean; the staff we spoke to were all friendly and the one with the strongest English gave us his name so that we could ask for him any time the other staff couldn't understand what we wanted.
The restaurant was only open for breakfast during our stay, which was a shame. Breakfast was a buffet and was fine but no-frills, e.g. no fresh juice. I usually had cereal, yoghurt and honey followed by bread, cheese and sliced oranges (nice and fresh but usually hastily peeled!).
My main problem was getting to sleep at night, obviously not ideal for a hotel! Firstly there was a bit of a sewage smell in the bathroom (and like most places in Turkey, toilet paper has to be binned rather than flushed) so unless we were careful to keep the door closed the smell got into the bedroom. The extractor fan didn't do much to clear it and occasionally we seemed to get someone else's cigarette smoke coming in! (There was no window in the bathroom, I'm not sure if there would be in those of other rooms - ours was 201.) Secondly the outside street was quite noisy throughout the night, and the walls of the hotel pretty thin, which was enough to keep me awake until 2am or 3am. The final problem was that although most things were clean and our rooms were serviced regularly, the net curtains of both windows had stains on them, and occasionally the laundered towels still had a few marks.
Having said all that, the beds themselves were comfortable, the shower worked well, and so overall it was still reasonably good value for money.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- May Hotel is situated in the Sultanahmet district in the centre of Istanbul. All of the rooms have air conditioning and satellite TV. The hotel offers free Wi-Fi. Grand Bazaar is 500 m from the property. The terrace offers panoramic views of Istanbul in the summer. The hotel restaurant serves traditional Turkish cuisine and a variety of drinks can be enjoyed in the bar. The hotel is only 10 minutes walk away from many of Istanbul's historic sights including the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sohpia, Basilica Cistern, and Topkapi Palace. May Hotel Istanbul is 14 km away from Atatürk International Airport. Fatih is a great choice for travelers interested in museums, monuments and architecture. This is our guests' favorite part of Istanbul, according to independent reviews. We speak your language! ... more less
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