Stayed here 3/21/13-3/27/13 with family and friends. Prior to traveling they sent an email with a "guest folio" link which had all sorts of information about things to do in Istanbul and link where i could request they make reservations for some of these events. They promptly responded to my emails prior to our travel date. Because we were staying more than 3 days, the hotel provided transportation from the airport to the hotel free of charge. The hotel is located in front of the Sirkeci train stop which made getting to all the major tourist attractions easy and inexpensive(3 lira per ride but a pass is also available). Frankly it minimized the use of taxis for our group. The hotel is clean and modern. I cannot say enough about the staff. From the moment we walked in until we departed we felt very welcome, very safe and very secure. After you check in someone from guest relations will sit down with you and give you an "orientation" about Istanbul and nearby areas. Our guest relations person(Sirin) was fabulous. We shared our itinerary with her and she made suggestions as well as reserved taxis and tickets for us to get us started. She was incredibly warm, friendly and thoughtful. Two people in our group were celebrating birthdays and Sirin surprised us when she and the other staff brought out birthday cakes during lunch with singing and a gift. We were greeted every time we walked back into the hotel, the staff seemed to genuinely care, right down to the housekeepers. The hotel serves free breakfast and lunch(lunch is until 7 pm). The experience with this hotel from the moment we made reservations up until we departed Istanbul was nothing short of excellent!!!!!
- 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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