This family owned hotel will ease your travels with smiling faces, heartwarming service and truly personal touch. Basileus Hotel easily deserves a 5 star for Service. The location is ideal for those who do not mind a 10 minute walk to the beautiful Blue Mosque, Topkapi palace, Ayasofya, the tram line and the Basilica Cistern. We enjoyed a nice dinner at Buhara 93, (5 – 7 minutes) walk from the Hotel. There is a small grocery store in front of the hotel which carries some nice choices of dry Ottoman red wine.
We met Omer who took time to introduce us to the local sights. After a long day at work, he accompanied us to a local fish restaurant called “Palukcu Balik Lokantasi”. It was great, eating as a local, with a local. Our arrangement to a local Historical Turkish bath, “Hamami” was also arranged by Omer. He also introduced us to Mimar Sinan, by the Sultanahmet Mosque. What a view while enjoying your hookah. These experiences were just a snippet of the welcome we received at Basileus Hotel, Istanbul.
Sometimes sitting at the lobby sipping Turkish tea and observing the interaction between Omer, his brother Ekrem and the Hotel guests amazes me because it is such a pleasure to see someone sincerely loving what they do as ambassadors to Istanbul and also their hotel. I remember wanting to go to a dancing Devrish performance and they took turns calling the local institution to gather additional information for us. What a service.
We will definitely return to Istanbul because 8 days was not enough but more importantly, would recommend you trying out Basileus Hotel. Here is a chance for you to experience a boutique hotel, with great value, great breakfast spread, homemade tea-time treats but more importantly a place to call Home away from home. If you get to meet Omer and his brother Ekrem, you will recognize sincere service.
- 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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