We stayed here for four nights in early April. The hotel's location is great; on a relatively quiet street, but in the heart of the tourist Sultanahmet quarter, within 1 block of major sights and tourist-y wants like travel agents, cash machines, food, etc. We booked the first night in a single for the first arrivee, but due to snafus at the airport, they upgraded her to the triple that we were to use for the rest of the stay for no extra charge. We added two nights to the original booking, no problem. They sent a shuttle to the airport in the middle of the night, no problem.
Nb: the hotel charges in Euros, and requires cash. There's a cash machine 1 block away.
Breakfast is minimal, but OK, a little monotonous. The deck view at breakfast is fabulous from outside, inside is a little stuffy. The room was functional, clean, and had some charming touches; double-glazed windows reduced any street noise (not eliminated - apparently reserving a room in the back helps). Be aware there's no elevator, so if you have a basement room and you're heading for breakfast, you've got four flights of stairs ahead of you.
The staff are lovely, especially the maids. They insisted on carrying luggage, helped us getting settled in our rooms, going the extra mile with breakfast when we moved up to the top deck and smiling and being pleasant with every encounter. The owner was helpful and friendly, especially when we were introduced by a long-time patron of the hotel that we'd met at breakfast.
Overall, we'd definitely return next time we're in Istanbul, should we have the fortune to return. Can't be beat for the price for a hotel in the most touristy section of the city.
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