We stayed at the Optimist for a week and overall, had a great stay.
We stayed in the roof room which had amazing views of the Blue Mosque, Aya Sofya and the obelisks on the hippodrome. We didn't find many other views in Istanbul that really beat it. Waking up to the call to prayer every morning with a view of the blue mosque was a great experience.
The room was a good size, the bed fairly comfortable and the room was clean. We did have a small problem with our shower not draining, but overall, the room was good. You do need to climb 4 flights of stairs to reach the room, so bear this in mind if you have particular access requirements.
The staff were really friendly and helpful and made the experience great.
If you want a hotel room that is safe, and consistent in terms of western standards, then this may not be for you. But if you are after a good Turkish experience with amazing views and wonderful local staff, then the Optimist is great.
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