I just came back from a week-long business trip to Istanbul and had an excellent experience at Sayeban Hotel. After visiting many cities around the world, I have discovered that the hotel that you select really has a significant impact on your whole experience. The people at Sayeban are very aware of this so they will make every effort to provide you with a wonderful stay and make sure you take home good memories about Istanbul.
First of all, the rooms are very clean and reasonably big relative to other hotels in Istanbul. The building has 5 floors and there is an elevator. The rooms are cleaned on a daily basis with great attention to detail. New towels are provided every day as well as soap, shampoo, gels, and toilet paper. The reception is very attractive and the staff is simply great; they are always there to help you with a big smile. Breakfast is another excellent thing about Sayeban. Breakfast takes place from 7.30 to 10.30 at the rooftop terrace with a great food selection including eggs, feta cheese, olives, tomatoes, yogurt, fruits, turkish chay, turkish coffee, simit (sesame bagels) and the list goes on and on. The view from the terrace is simply amazing and there is even a "lounge" section with Turkish furniture where you can just go to enjoy the view while having a nice cup of tea.
Although this was a business trip, I took my family with me so I would also recommend this hotel to other families traveling to Istanbul. However, keep in mind that this historical district can be a challenge for baby strollers. The hotel's location in the Sultan Ahmed district is another positive feature. You will be close to many important heritage sites such as the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia and the Topkapi Palace. The streets around the hotel are "real" and not touristic. If you are a traveler like me who likes to see how the people live in the city and what sort of situations take place every day then this is the place. It is very safe even though you are in the heart of Istanbul. On the other hand, if you prefer to be at a 5-star hotel in the middle of a main street with many fancy shops and restaurants then look for another place. This is also reflected in the prizes of many things including restaurants, pastry shops, and convenience stores. For example, a bottle of mineral water will cost you a fraction of what you would pay in the more touristic zones. There are many good restaurants as you go nearer the tram station up the hill serving Turkish pizza, kebabs, mezze, soups, and many other delicacies. Also, there are many fish and seafood restaurants in a zone not too far from the hotel as you go down to the bay. The Beyazit tram line is only five minutes away so you may easily move to other parts of the city. However, be aware that the tram is at the top of a steep hill so be ready to make a couple of stops to refresh with a freshly squeezed orange juice or some water as you go up. Another positive thing is that the hotel is not located next to the tram. This will assure a good night's sleep. In contrast, the street is very busy with people during the day so be sure you do a lot of sightseeing during those noisy hours.
In summary, Sayeban is a very economical and reasonable option for people interested in visiting Istanbul. My family and I are very happy to recommend this hotel as we always check trip advisor ratings first before we book. I can confirm that the good reviews from other travelers are legitimate. Good luck and enjoy Istanbul.
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