still a great hotel, rooms are fine, prices are fine, breakfast is really excellent. breakfast room is great. breakfast service is excellent. only concern is the new rooftop "improvements" of a "hookah house" in the corner nearest the blue mosque. so far, takes away from the view of the blue mosque (sea of marmara view still unobstructed), and the concern is that it will turn into a run down hookah smoked up corner that takes away from the pristine views formerly available on this this rooftop lounge. good improvements are the plants and flowers up there though - just not sure (worried) about the hookah house...hoping for the best though....will still stay here next year, and will update then with either a "+" or "-".
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Artefes Hotel is located on walking distance of such historical and major city sights as St. Sophia (Aya Sophia/Hagia Sophia), The Blue (Sultanahmet) Mosque, The Cistern Basilica (Yerebatan Cistern), Topkapi Palace, The Grand Bazaar (Kapalicarsi) and Spice bazaar) Misir Carsisi. Old City and its palaces divide the historical peninsula down the middle and lead guests directly from the hotel into the heart of Sultanahmet. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Istanbul Artefes Hotel