OK, I admit it, I am a bit fussy about my accommodation when travelling, i.e. I’m no backpacker, and as such would not normally consider a 3-star hotel, add to this that I was looking to book a hotel on behalf of my parents, and later their friends, I was even more apprehensive. However, the number of good reviews convinced me and as usual Trip Advisor didn’t let me down. From a booking prospective, I had problems with the online booking system so resorted to emailing but I think this was better as all my emails were responded to quickly and helpfully giving me complete confidence that this hotel was as good as the reviews said it was.
The following are my parents’ comments:
Ataturk airport was not a good start to the break with huge queues for visas and passport control followed by searching for the luggage which all took two hours but our, (free), airport pick-up offered by the hotel was still there waiting for us.
The hotel is located in the older part of the city and as such the surrounding area is a little run down but it’s in an ideal position for all of the touristy bits, i.e. Blue Mosque etc. so this should not put you off.
We stayed in a superior room which was a good size with a king-size bed, plenty of storage, (and coat hangers), two arm chairs, TV, tea making facilities and a free safe. Only one minor comment, the lighting by the armchairs needed to be a little better for reading. The bathroom was a good size with bath, over-bath shower, single basin etc. and shaver point. Bedding, towels and soaps were all changed daily.
Breakfasts were varied and good quality with a large selection of yoghurt, fruit, cereals, fresh bread etc. and omelettes cooked to order.
If we’re scoring points, extra would have to be given for the little details, i.e. hot drinks & cold water available in the lounge at all times, cakes served with tea in the afternoon and coffee when returning after a night out, all at no extra charge.
Nothing was too much trouble for Yusuf and Ekrem, from recommending & booking a private tour guide for the day, (not cheap but well worth it as this bypassed all queues and showed things that would probably have been missed in a group tour); arranging taxis and advising what the maximum fares should be, (be warned, some taxi drivers wanted 60TL for a journey we had been told to pay no more than 15TL for), and advising on places to eat. Finally, although there was a PC for guests use, probably recognising that we were not big PC users, they even did the online check-in for our return flights without being asked.
All in all, we had a wonderful, if not tiring, 4½ days in Istanbul which was made even more memorable by the Basileus Hotel. If Istanbul is on your list of places to visit then this is the place to stay; 5-star service at 3-star prices.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Basileus Hotel will be the good choice as it is located footsteps from to Byzatine and Ottoman monuments such as St.Sophia (Ayasofya), Blue Mosque (Sultanahmet Camii), Grand Bazaar, Topkapi Palace, Hippodrome, Basilica Cistern, Turkish & Islamic Museum, Archaelogic Museum , Old Traditional Baths and it is also very closed to Taksim , modern part of the city . ... more less
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