This is a comfortable, family-run hotel with superb staff. The room had an easy chair with footrest, mini-fridge, in-room safe, modern bathroom, good heating, and a balcony door that opened to let in fresh air. The breakfast is copious; it required hours of walking to build up enough hunger to eat again in the late afternoon.
It's the outstanding staff who really make this hotel. Everyone was kind, helpful, and knowledgeable. They were always interested in our plans and ready to give suggestions to improve our experience. Their restaurant recommendations were perfect for us: small restaurants with excellent food and hardly a tourist in sight. Thank you Omar and Ekrem! You made us feel so welcome and you made our experience richer.
The location is close to major sites. The Sultanahmet area is full of tourists up the hill, but just down the hill are small hotels in a real neighborhood with small restaurants and grocery stores. The streets were laid out centuries ago, so they are steep, narrow and there is little sidewalk. I'm 65 years old and I managed it easily, even in the rain.
Noise is typical for a neighborhood. I'm a light sleeper, but I slept soundly.
I will surely return to Istanbul, and I can only hope that the Basileus will have a free room for me!
- 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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