The location is good - easy to walk to the Sultan Ahmed Mosque (Blue Mosque) and the Grand Bazzar. I admit, since we were on vacation from work in Afghanistan, I booked the hotel for the free cookies, as I have often stayed at DoubleTree hotels in the past....but luckily the entire hotel experience was great! The bathroom shower had a stale water smell to it, but that may be because of the proximity to the harbor water. They have a great spa that offers Turkish bath experiences, as well as traditional massages and access to steam rooms, jaccuzi, and saunas. The hotel staff was very helpful when asking for information about the area. The only downside is there are many scam artists and pickpockets in the area. One of the "shoeshine accidently drops his equipment" guys tried to scam us out of money. We laughed and walked away - I don't think he was too happy. Oh well, overall, it was a good hotel stay.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Explore nearby museums and Istanbul attractions from the DoubleTree by Hilton Istanbul – Old Town hotel. Located in Istanbul's central historical district, this Istanbul hotel is just 20 minutes east of Ataturk International Airport and a five minute walk from Istanbul's famous Grand Bazaar. Thoughtfully designed to blend into the Old City. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Doubletree By Hilton Istanbul - Old Town Hotel Istanbul