After spending three nights in a more business-oriented hotel in the new city, I moved over to the historic area to sight see and stayed at the Recital Hotel. My expectations were low after the tiny room with bare amenities and unhelpful staff at the other hotel. But, the Recital Hotel was fantastic! I was able to check in early and was offered coffee upon arrival by the nicest front desk staff. Without even prompting, he pulled out a map and highlighted all of the sites for me.
The room was spacious & immaculate. The bathroom has all of the necessary toiletries. There was bottled water and a fully stocked mini bar. No view from my room, it looked out into an alley. But I wasn't spending much time there, so not something I needed. With the windows closed, there was no noise from outside and even the call to prayer was barely audible.
The roof deck has a nice view. I was there in November, so was not able to really use it. I am sure its fantastic in the warmer months. The breakfast room is bright and the buffet was plentiful. The location is an easy walk from the tram line, although there is a steep hill. So if you are dragging your luggage, best if you only have one bag. All of the historic sites are just a few blocks away.
I highly recommend this hotel for anyone!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Recital Hotel, located in the central part of the historical peninsula Sultanahmet, offers its luxury and hospitality to our guests. Most of the historical attractions of Istanbul are either within a few minute walk or can be easily reached by various means of transportation.Some of the most famous ones in the environs of Recital Hotel are St.Sophia, Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace, Underground Basilica Cistern, Grand Bazaar, Spice Bazaar, Ancient Hippodrome and the Obelisk of Theodosius. Recital Hotel has 31 spacious and individually decorated guest rooms, including 3 Corner Suites, 2 Superior Sea View Rooms, 9 Superior Rooms, 3 Deluxe Rooms partial sea view and 14 Standard Rooms. All rooms have a private bathroom with bathtub or shower, free high-speed and wireless internet connection, hairdryer, direct dial telephone, flat screen HD LCD TV, satellite system, minibar, self control heating/air-conditioning, a safe box and tea/coffee facilities. The stylish rooms and luxurious amenities at the Recital Hotel make it an elegant sanctuary that shimmers with sophistication. The hotel has a fitness,a bussiness center and a terrace overlooking the Marmara Sea. ... more less
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