First time back in Istanbul since 1988 and having trawled TA I decided that The Dersaadet would meet our needs for our four night city break.
We arrived late in the afternoon and were welcomed by Samet on reception. Whilst filling out the check in forms in the beautifully decorated foyer Murat brought us some apple tea and some Turkish Delight before we made our way to our room.
We had booked room 101 which is located in the basement and next to the owners office.
The room itself was tastefully decorated and featured a comfortable King size bed, wall mounted TV with satellite channels and ample storage space. Tea/Coffee making facilities are there for your convenience as is a fridge with mini bar. The room also features a stunning Turkish Bath/Shower area with complimentary toiletries. Bath robes and slippers are provided too.
Our package included breakfast which is available on the hotels charming roof top terrace on the fourth floor. The terrace offers stunning views over the sea and toward the Blue Mosque and you can eat inside or out.
A great selection of food available, cereals, yoghurts, fruit juice, local cheeses and sliced meats, fresh honey, boiled eggs. A small selection of hot foods are available too namely small sausages and scrambled egg.
Tea/Coffee and hot milk are also supplied and should you prefer herbal tea they've got that covered too.
Whilst Mehmet will tend to your needs at breakfast time, Murat will tend to your needs in the afternoon and into the evening. Light snacks are available to enjoy with a beer/wine or other liquid refreshment on the terrace after a hard days exploring.
The hotels location is perfect for exploring the city. A 10 minute walk will get you to the Blue Mosque passing the Hippodrome en route. A few more minutes in same direction and you've got the Aya Sofia, Topkapi Palace and the Basillica Cistern...all worthy of a visit. The tourist big bus trips depart from this area too, a 48 hour ticket costs 35 Euros and covers Istanbul's must see sites. Buying the Istanbul Pass will get you on the public trams buses and ferries.
There are a good number of restaurants in the area and a bit of research on TA and some forward planning should see you alright. Doy Doy(TA recommended) restaurant serving local food is just 5 minutes up the road.
Reception staff at Dersaadet will provide you with a map and any information you require be it restaurants, shopping etc.
We reserved 2 restaurants before we arrived, Pasazade and Asitane.
I would highly recommend Pasazade and have recently posted a review on TA. Pasazade is located up toward the Rail Station, bit of a walk but it's only about 10 Lira each way in a cab. Asitane is further away in the western part of Istanbul and will cost around 20 lira each way. We were disappointed with Asitane and I will review it soon....over-rated in my opinion.
Overall, we'd recommend Dersaadet Hotel. It's a charming hotel in a great location and the staff are the icing on the cake...first class from arrival to departure.
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- Reconstructed as a 19th century Ottoman Mansion, Dersaadet Hotel Istanbul is a distinctive small hotel located in the center of old Istanbul. ... more less
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- Istanbul Dersaadet Hotel