We decided on Istanbul for a change to the usual places. After lots of searching on the internet for good deals we came across this little gem.
The hotel only has 29 rooms, so staff are very friendly & welcoming. Even though our room didn't have a view, every morning we saw the views at breakfast (which is a typical continental style buffet).
The rooms were very clean & very comfortable, though the tv stations could have been listed. There was also no information about the dinner menu in the restaurant, which was a little strange. It is shown in the reception though.
As there are no carpets in the rooms you could hear everything outside your door. The cleaning staff tended to be quite noisy (slamming doors, talking very loudly, etc.), so if you want to stay in bed a little longer you can forget about it! They were very friendly, but with little English.
There is a bar in the reception, but it wouldn't be one that you'd spend the night in - we had a couple at the end of the night a couple of times. There's no fitness centre or pool either, but we didn't care about that as the walking around Instanbul is healthy enough.
We would definitely recommend this hotel as it's right in the heart of Sultanahmet, but check for a good deal - we got it for 6 nights B&B for around €400 (March 12th to 18th).
We will definitely be back to Istanbul, and if they stay keen with their prices, Hotel Nena is a great choice.
Also, if you're interested in a personal tour guide, the hotel can hire someone for you. We had a guy called Evren Bozan & he was absolutely brilliant. Just don't let him bring you into somewhere that sells carpets! My missus went on about carpets so he took us to those places where they smooze you to buy one. It was our fault for asking so much about them, so you have been warned! I couldn't recommend this guy enough as his knowledge was fantastic. You will have to pay into the museums yourself, but as he is an official tour guide he can can so straight to the top of the queue & get the tickets for you. This is handy as you can be waiting ages.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel Nena Istanbul, the luxury boutique hotel located at Sultanahmet. The magnificent historical places are nearby our hotel like Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace, Hagia Sophia, Basilica Cistern, Grand Bazaar and many more... In our hotel with our friendly employee we provide high quality service and Turkish hospitality to make you feel at home. Hotel Nena offers 29 guest rooms, including 2 deluxe rooms with a great Istanbul view. We serve excellent open buffet breakfast at our Terrace Restaurant before you start to explore historical peninsula. No need to search come and enjoy... ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Nena Hotel Istanbul