We stayed at Neorion Hotel for four nights based on the exceptional TA reviews and I'm here to say they fully deserve their number one rating! Offering an ideal location just a five minute walk from Hagia Sofia, the Blue Mosque and Topkapi Palace, everything about this hotel exceeded our expectations. We travel at least once each month, mainly to other European cities, and have never seen a hotel where customer service is such a high priority. After checking in we were met in the lobby by Ceyda, one of the hotel's well-informed customer service agents, who greeted us with fresh squeezed orange juice and helped us develop a plan for visiting the highlights of this beautiful city. A visit to Istanbul can be quite daunting (unusual closing days for key attractions, money saving museum passes available, complicated transportation system) and Ceyda offered priceless advice on how to maximize our time. She also arranged to reserve tickets for two dance shows near the hotel (one with whirling dervishes and a second with belly dancing and folk dancing) which proved to be one of the highlights of our visit. She helped us with restaurant recommendations and reservations as well as providing us with directions on how to reach a large suburban shopping mall via public transport for our Christmas shopping. On a scale of one to ten, Ceyda is an eleven! As part of our four night reservation we were offered a free shuttle from the airport to the hotel which went smoothly and was very much appreciated. Additionally, if you can arrange to pay in cash instead of by credit card, you can receive an 11% reduction on the room rate. Our room was very comfortable with down comforter and pillows and a full bath with tub and shower. The breakfast buffet was perfection: a wide range of hot dishes (the scrambled eggs were outstanding!) plus fresh fruit, cereals and a huge display of fresh pastries and several kinds of fresh bread (some still fresh from the oven). The hotel is affiliated with an excellent small restaurant nearby (Cafe Mese) which offers a wide range of interesting entrees, pastas and quick snacks (even their french fries are fantastic!). To be totally fair I should mention two downsides to staying at Hotel Neorion which has nothing to do with the hotel but just "a fact of life" when staying in the historical center of Istanbul. You should be prepared for early morning prayer calls (rather loud) from the Blue Mosque and beware of the poor condition of the sidewalks on all the nearby streets (watch every step!) since infrastructure for pedestrians is not a priority. We were totally pleased with our stay at Hotel Neorion and would heartedly recommend it to others who want to stay in the historical center of Istanbul.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Neorion Hotel is at the very center of Istanbul's history and culture, ancient and modern. Named for Byzantium's grand port (see the map) on the Golden Horn, it welcomes visitors from around the world just as the port did in the great days of Constantinople. Neorion is more than a comfortable travelers' refuge in the heart of the city. It was conceived and designed to honor and reflect all of the cultures who have enriched the city and its empires. To stay here is to learn and enjoy the cultures, cuisines, arts and traditions of all the travelers who have come before you.The hotel's 53 guest rooms and suites bring the past to life, with all modern comforts. The swimming pool, Turkish bath, massage spa, cultural library, and museum-quality decorative arts are supplemented with complimentary fine arts musical performances, cuisine demonstrations and cultural events exclusively for hotel guests. Stay with us! Experience all of Istanbul, ancient and modern, right where you live, and just outside our door. ... more less
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