I think it is important to point out, that this is a budget hotel. Even a guest staying in the Hotel portion as opposed to the Pension option, should be aware of this fact.
The location is superb, as many people have noted. If your time in Istanbul is short, this is a good area.
Upon checking into the hotel, a gentleman behind the counter said, "are you late." On behalf, of British Airways, we apologize, I wanted to say. Not exactly Turkish Hospitality at its best.
We were given one of the "nicest rooms" according to front desk agent. It was on the third floor, so a bit of a hike with luggage and no elevator. The room was painted in a nice blue color but other that that it had the feel of a college dorm room. The beds were as hard as the floor with a skimpy pillow and sheets and thick as paper. The room was air conditioned, which was nice. The bathroom was small and the shower was adequate.
The complimentary breakfast on the terrace was below expectations. Olives, bread, juices and coffee and tea. Also tomatoes. It was served on a lovely terrace with amazing views of the Sultanhamet area.
I actually found myself, dreading this hotel, upon returning from touring Istanbul. Perhaps it was that so many guide books recommend this hotel. We met about 6 employees of the Side hotel. With the exception of a very friendly housekeeper, none of them were particularly friendly.
When considering this hotel, be aware this is a budget hotel with a good rate in a great area. You will be disppointed if you expect any more than this.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Situated in Istanbul’s Sultanahmet, this hotel is a 4-minute walk from Hagia Sophia and the Blue Mosque. It offers guestrooms with free WiFi and air conditioning and flat TV. Side Hotel features a delightful rooftop terrace with views over the Topkapi Palace, Hagia Sophia , the Blue Mosqueand Bosphorus . It is ideally located just 250 m from the Marmara Sea. Guests can enjoy a breakfast in the morning, served with an extensive variety of both Western and Turkish items. Free tea service is also available throughout the day. The Side hotel is situated 1.5 km from the Grand Bazaar. Old Istanbul‘s shopping, dining and entertainment districts are only a minute walk from the hotel. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Side Hotel Istanbul