We stayed at Kumru Hotel for 5 nights in October 2012 and enjoyed every moment. We were given the large room on the top floor and it was perfect - comfortable bed, large and clean bathroom, plus a place to sit and relax. The room was tidied every day and we were given clean towels halfway through our stay. Breakfast was served on the rooftop terrace and there was a lot of choice of food, teas, juices and coffee. We felt set up for the rest of the day every morning.
The hotel is in a more residential area of Istanbul and some parts are slightly more run down, but it was incredibly welcoming and entirely safe. There were often children playing outside and we went to the local deli to get our turkish delight and bakalava, which was lovely. It is also extremely close to major sights such as The Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace and Hagia Sophia (only a 2 minute walk). We walked to most places in Istanbul and there are plenty of restaurants and bars close to Kumru Hotel, but it was extremely quick to get across the bridge to the bars and nightlife of Beyoglu just by jumping on the tram (about 10/15 minutes) for a change. The Grand Bazaar, river front and boats to catch trips up the Bosphorus are also only a walk away.
The hosts at Kumru Hotel were perfect - making us feel at home without being over-bearing and offering plenty of useful information. They also suggested we use their computer to buy and print out tickets for Hagia Sophia and Topkapi Palace which saved us from some very long queues!
I would not hesitate to go to Istanbul again as it was an amazing city and when I do return I will definitely stay at Kumru Hotel.
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