There are very many pros and just a few cons. The pros are well documented and so I won't repeat.
We stayed in the 3rd floor suite for six nights. This is very well appointed, and fairly spacious for one couple. There is one very funky, cumbersome aspect to this top floor suite. For some unknown reason, the entry door is set back from the stairs. (the floor plan on the website is not correct) and so you have two entry doors - one into the kitchen, and one into the foyer. So, when you are inside the suite, to get to the kitchen, you have to go through the tiny bedroom, which has two doors that swing into each other, making it a royal hassle to move to and from the kitchen. This could easily be fixed, and make the circulation far better, if the entry door were moved four feet out toward the stairway, just like the other floors. You kind of get used to it, but it really is a silly situation. The Baylo team really should seriously consider moving the door.
Being that this suite is the top floor, it means that the fabulous roof terrace is directly above you. This is great since it is only a short flight up to morning coffee or evening wine. But, if you happen to have partiers in the other three suites in the building who use the terrace at night, or as a smoking lounge, as was the case for part of our stay, and you are can't sleep through this kind of thing, don't choose the top floor. There are signs up on the terrace to be considerate and quiet and all that, but even a mouse could not open the funky terrace door quietly, or climb the echo-y stairs quietly, or slide a metal chair quietly.
The last, and most important, con for us is the grade school that is directly next to Baylo Suites. Unbelievably, we did not see any mention of this fact in any on the TA reviews. Imagine our surprise on Monday morning, our first jet-lagged morning in Istanbul, at 8:30 am the sounds of well over a hundred school children (grades one through six would be my estimate) and their school bus-vans began arriving directly outside the front door to Baylo Suites, and directly outside our bedroom window three floors down. I would call it extremely loud and noisy - probably impossible to sleep through and quite annoying unless you find the sounds of a children's playground soothing. There seemed to be an outdoor playground somewhere at the school that was continuously noisy from 8:30 to around 4:00 or so. We were always up before the 8:30 noise started, but for us the noise really shattered an otherwise peaceful morning, and we were usually out the door for sightseeing shortly thereafter. Most days, we returned home after school was over, and quiet, so we really weren't around all day to hear it. I didn't really want to be there during the day because of the noise.
I would give Baylo Suites five stars if the street was as quiet as expected. It was generally quiet on the street outside at night and in the morning before 8:00 am since it is a residential street for at least a block in both directions.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Baylosuites offers serviced apartments with design furniture, modern amenities and state of the art technology, in the heart of Istanbul, just a few steps from the Galata Tower. The apartments combine modern elements with historical character. There is a common terrace in the building with magnificent views. The building is a restored historical building that has been awarded a LEED silver certificate by the US Green Building Council for its environmentally responsible features. ... more less