Our travel agent had recommended and booked 3 nights in this hotel, one night prior and 2 nights after our Turkish and Greek Island cruise.
We were three, my mother, my boyfriend and I.
The first night my BF and I had a room on the 3rd floor which gave on a side street, Comfortable mattress, clean and with nice views to the sea and quiet.. The two nights after the cruise, we had a room on the first floor looking over the main street at the front of the hotel. The room was much bigger and had an extra single bed and TV and bigger bathroom. Just as clean as the first room, less the view and noisier, as there is traffic from before 6 AM to late in the night.
My mother had the same room on the 3rd floor for the 3 nights. It was small, had no views, tiny bathroom, small single bed with a hard and lumpy mattress, She really did not enjoy her stay at this hotel.
The man at the reception during our stay was grumpy, unsmiling. He was helpful though and gave us usefull information when asked. He also got involved in locating our transfer to Istanbul airport.
On the plus side: Walking distance to all the main sites, Grand Bazaar, Hippodrome, Blue Mosque, Hagia Sofia, Topkapi palace, shops, and restaurants. Great terrace with magnificent views of the sea, the mosques, etc.. for breakfast or to enjoy an afternoon tea. Clean, decor Ok, prices are reasonable.
On the down side: Some rooms are noisy, service rudimentory (maybe it's a language barrier), mattresses are not all up to par. As for breakfast, instant coffee, Tang orange drink (no real orange juice), orange coloured scrambled eggs and pink coloured cold meats.
We own a small B&B in La Malbaie, Québec and included in our price which is lower then in this hotel, we supply bathrobes, slippers, facecloths and paper tissues in our rooms and we are not a high end B&B either. I was surprised not to find these items at a higher priced hotel.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel Fehmi Bey a charming, "Special Class" family-run hotel offering the charm, quality, cleanliness and comfort accommodation in a select homey atmosphere. Hotel is located in the centre of old city Sultanahmet-Istanbul, within two minutes walking distance to the most important Ottoman & Byzantine monuments such as St. Sophia, Blue Mosque, etc. And not more than ten minutes to The Grand Bazaar. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Fehmi Bey Hotel
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