We recently stayed at the Neorion Hotel after a cruise that ended in Istanbul. On this trip we also stayed at the hotel currently ranked number one by TripAdvisor in Athens and one of the top hotels in the Left Bank area of Paris as ranked by TripAdvisor. TripAdvisor reviewers must like boutique hotels (which these all were). We have no quarrels as we greatly enjoyed all of them, especially the Neorion.
We had to leave the boat at 8 am and so were at the hotel by 8:30 or so, well before check-in. However, the front desk could not have been more accommodating in providing us a temporary room, inviting us to eat breakfast in the lobby and doing whatever they could to get our room ready as soon as possible. In fact, all facets of service in the hotel were superb.
Our room had a panoramic view of the Golden Horn and was very comfortable. The bed felt great and the bathroom was very nice. The hotel is centrally located, within easy walking distance of the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, the Grand Bazaar and other shopping areas. It is located on a side street so that it is a bit quieter than on a main road. However, it also makes it more difficult to find. Be sure to take one of the hotel’s cards with you as you wander around town to help find your way back, especially since there are no street signs in Istanbul.
The next time we travel to Istanbul, we would definitely stay at the Neorion.
- 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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