Fantastic stay that exceeded my expectations
We stayed here in September 2013 for 4 nights. I had wanted to stay in the normal Hilton but the rates were much higher and I wanted to be near the old town.
The location is very good, not too far from the airport and very close to the Grand Bazar and attractions of the old town area. There is a tram stop right outside. The trams are 3 TL (£1) paid with tokens from a vending machine. They are modern and air conditioned but can get very busy. It is just 3 stops Cistern and other great attractions. You can take a Taxi but the traffic is crazy so I would suggest a tram or walking.
I have gold status with Hilton which often means an upgrade to the exec floor. This hotel does not have an exec floor but they do include breakfast WiFi and a number of offers and vouchers to make up for this. We had a nice modern room on the first floor, it was very clean and offered all that we require. It would have been nice to have a bath rather than a shower but I think this is normal in Istanbul.
The staff were fantastic. The made us feel very welcome, they even noticed it was my wife's birthday when entering our passport details and were quickly to our room with a birthday cake including candles. A very nice touch.
The breakfast buffet was quite good, not as good as some hotels I have stayed at but it was not expensive, we were quite happy. We did not eat at the hotel other than breakfast but did use the roof top bar which has some (limited) views across the city and to the sea.
There are spa facilities but we did not use these.
We hope to go back in the near future.
- 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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