I looked through a few reviews of other travelers and found them true.
We liked this hotel – but YOU have to make a choice on whether or not this one is for you.
Here is my opinion (we stayed in room no. 201):
For us, important are:
4. Room / Quiet room
6. Breakfast / restaurant
1. Location – perfect!
You are right behind the Baths of Roxellana, next to the Four Seasons Hotel.
All major sights are within walking distance.
(Aya Sofia and Blue Mosque about 2 minutes, Hippodrome area about 2 minutes, closest tram stop about 3-4 minutes, Cemberlitas and Bazaar about 5-7 minutes)
And the view from the rooftop restaurant unparalleled: Simultaneous, unobstructed view of both Blue Mosque and Aya Sofia – magic!
2. Service – very good!
I do not expect too much, just professional help when we need it.
The hotel organized private transportation from the airport to the hotel (and return) for us, and it worked like a charm. (Last time we were in Istanbul – at a different hotel – promised taxi service was a catastrophy!)
I also had inquired about some things in Istanbul before we went – I received helpful e-mail replies mostly within only a few hours.
This was better than some 5-star hotels we had stayed at.
3. Cleanlines – very good – not more, not less
4. Room / Quiet room – this one is difficult…
The hotel has a VERY popular rooftop restaurant with a “to die for”-view.
The hotel is rather small. That means, some restaurant guests choose to take the stairs instead of the elevator, and thus you may have quite a bit of noise going on.
As well, our room was above a restaurant on the street – and one evening a group of people had a really great time – and we were not able to sleep until about midnight…
Sleep quality: I had better nights at other hotels. The mattress was comfortable enough, but the blanket on our double bed was rather small: It fits the bed without people in it, but then it gets a little difficult.
(We are not very large people, in case you were wondering.)
So, the room issue might get a little iffy.
I will take a point off for this subject.
Earthy, brownish colors mixed with gold, and oak colored furniture are just not my thing.
However, our room was comfortable and cosy.
6. Breakfast / Restaurant
Breakfast - very good mixture of everything
Cereals, breads, jam, honey from the comb!, eggs, hot dishes such as potatoes or casseroles,
Salad, fresh fruits, tea (regular and excellent Turkish tea), great coffees, juices.
I might have forgotten a few things – but it really is quite a spread
Breakfast is served in the closed section of the restaurant (still great views), but you are also
welcome to carry your breakfast to the rooftop.
Restaurant – the true jewel of the hotel!
Absolutely gorgeous views of the Sea of Marmara, the Bosporus, and Aya Sofia and the
Blue Mosque – simultaneously!
The restaurant is very good, too. I am going to write a separate review about it.
Breakfast room and rooftop restaurant are not wheelchair accessible! You have to walk up a small flight of stairs to the breakfast room, and another one to the rooftop restaurant.
Wi-Fi: Free of charge. You will be given a code upon check-in. In our room it always worked. The signal might not have been the best, but Wi-Fi worked for us as it should.
Overall, we were happy at this hotel.
We might not have gotten the quality of sleep that we would have wished for, but the location – THE VIEW from the breakfast room every morning or from the rooftop restaurant at dinners – always got us.
Do not expect to find something comparable to an international hotel chain (stylish, but sterile...).
This hotel has kept its Turkish charme - and that’s why you are here, right?!
About the price, many might think, this hotel is overrated and overpriced – but with any real estate: you are paying for the location. And that truly is worth it!
Most likely, we will return pretty soon.
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