As loathe as I am to giving an excellent to anything, the Alzer Hotel's location and staff have made me give it 5 'stars'.
This our second visit to Istanbul and our first experience (unreviewed) at the Alzer was what prompted us to return.
The location on the Hippodrome less than 100 metres from the Blue Mosque make it a walker’s delight (and I am not big on walking). The Hagia Sophia is in plain sight from the breakfast room and that too is well within walking distance.
In addition to these two main tourist 'must visits', the tram (both efficient and inexpensive) is only about 250 metres walk along the Hippodrome. Two stops along the tram route is one of the oldest Turkish Baths (where I left a layer or two of skin) in Istanbul as well as one of the entrances to the Grand Bazaar - again from a person who would prefer not walking, these are all within easy walking distance.
Speaking of taxis, the staff at this small hotel are (were) more than helpful with understandable directions being offered when requested and although we arrived quite late from our flight, they met us at our taxi (outside of the pedestrian zone in front of the hotel) and took our bags directly up to the room (that along with a bucket of ice too).
The rooms are clean, basic and all have a modern en suite as well as an air conditioning unit, flat screen TV, phone and double, queen or twin beds. We have been in three differently configured rooms on our visits (they stored our large luggage there when we went to Cappadocia on our first visit to IST).
We had been in the neighbourhood before so did not need to get restaurant suggestions but I know we could have asked for restaurant suggestions even though they have one on site.
On departure, we needed to get to the cruiseport to pick up our cruise and rather than going with a transfer service, they hailed a cab and negotiated the price for us at less than 1/4 of the transfer price.
If you want 5 star modern, choose a modern 5* hotel like Best Western, Hyatt all of which have their place; if you want location, location, location with friendly service, the Alzer worked for us and when we come back to Istanbul, we WILL return to the Alzer.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Istanbul Alzer hotel is in the best possible location for an Istanbul trip!We are committed to ensuring that your stay is both enjoyable and comfortable. Whether you are traveling for business or pleasure, we know you have a variety of hotels to choose from, and we are honored that you have selected Alzer Hotel Istambul. We hope you have an enjoyable stay with us and we look forward to welcoming you back in the near future! Gokhan AKCAY ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Alzer Hotel Istanbul