We visited Istanbul during the summer of 2012 and we stayed at Basileus Hotel. I heavily rely on Tripadvisor reviews when booking a trip, so it's time to contribute some as well. We traveled with two parents, four kids (19, 17, 15 and 10). The rooms were clean. We had two rooms on different floors. They apologized for lack of adjoining room; we did not care. As other reviewers commented, Yusef provides a very detailed talk when you arrive; I guess, we got to know him and I figured that it wouldn't kill us to sit there 10 minutes. It's not a sales pitch. I truly think it's done out of helpfulness and it made us comfortable to ask about stuff. Breakfast is good and they provide made to order omellete for everyone. They have a couple tables with food. I can't compare to other hotels if it's more or less. It was acceptable to me. If you want to go to a local hamam, Yusef will describe them all. We asked for very authentic, and it sure was for the guys. For the women, it was just a soapy bath on a marble slab, but due to a complete language barrier and the oddity of it all, we had a very good time. Yusef will give a deal if you call. He'll keep his promise. Everything was a bit casual in that regard. Also transportation was quite casual. No one greeted us with a sign and it took several phone calls to have someone say they were our driver (in addition to several other offers). I believe that the motel uses an agency or taxi for transport, so it's more the agency's issues than the motel. Yusef allowed us to sit on the rooftop (no permit for breakfast yet), and we loved hanging out the last hour of the day while drinking a beer from one of the grocery stores. As some people commented, there is a weird window between the bathroom and the bedroom. The kids (boys and girls) complained. Beyond that just weird. It's quite a walk uphill to the sights. Probably one steep hill that takes 2-3 minutes. The entire walk (depending on which sight) is maybe 10 minutes. The good news is that the end of the day when tired it's downhill. The restaurant across the street is nice. The meatball place on the tourist trap street is not so great, contrary to all the reviews.
- 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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