Istanbul, Istanbul, Istanbul!!! I loved this destination!!! We stayed in Blue Tuana for 4 days in Easter! It is located in the historic centre of Istanbul, Sultanahmet. It is a fantastic place, with lots of hotels and restaurants nearby. It is a few minutes walking from Aya Sofia and Sultanahmet Mosque. The tram station is also 5 min. on foot.
The hotel is small but convenient. Breakfast is served on a lovely terrace, with great view to the Marmara Sea. Rooms and bathroom are small but well decorated. That's the good part of our staying there...
Though Sultanahmet is a magical place, the hotel is located next to a mosque and a railway station. The trains pass next to the hotel from 5:30 in the morning till midnight and it this is really VERY, VERY ANNOYING. Moreover, the imam's calling at 5:40 in the morning is also scary, if you are not used to it of course. To say the truth, though not used to it, I found it atmospheric!!! As for the cleanliness... during our staying there was no change in sheets and towels. And this is the second diasdvantage. Coming to the third... they didn't give us formal receipt of payment, despite the fact that we asked twice for it.
That's all for Blue Tuana! I loved Istanul and I would definitely visit the city again! But Blue Tuana...? NOT!!!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- BLUE TUANA HOTEL An Ottoman-style Turkish mansion, in the shadows of the Blue Mosque andHagia Sophia, the Blue Tuana Hotel is situated in a prime location overlooking the Marmara Sea and Bosphorus in the heart of Istanbul’s historic Sultanahmet district. We are just a short walk from Topkapi Palace, the Archaeology Museum, Sultanahmet Square, the Egyptian Bazaar Hagia Sophia, the Blue Mosque and the Grand Bazaar. With just 16 modern, clean rooms, the Blue Tuana Hotel has a quiet, intimate and relaxing atmosphere. Delight in the panoramic views of Marmara Sea and the Princes’ Islands from our comfortable, open-air terrace as you enjoy your traditional Turkish breakfast or a romantic starlit dinner. Blue Tauna Hotel has all modern amenities. All our rooms are fully equipped with a private bathroom, hair dryer, cable TV, mini bar, air conditioning, direct telephone lines and a high-speed wireless internet connection.Our friendly staff will be more than happy to assist you during your stay with us. ... more less
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