I could not understand why my parntner picked this hotel - it was totally out the way of the main drag and I got the feeling more than once that it wasa bit of an effort to see the sights of Istanbul when residing here. There is of course a beautiful church next door which is more than worth a visit. Thre are some beautiful early Christian mosaics to be seen there.
Anyway back to the hotel! The breakfast wasa excellent , loads of choice and the food was fresh and plenty of it. However when it came near the end of service even getting hot water for a cupof tea became a problem. For me this was a blot on an otherwise good quality restaurant.
Our room was rather charming and featured a single bed and double bed. It had a little fridge too. My only complaint was the bathroom - small and a bit grubby - which is an unfortunate feature of many Turkish bathrooms I have visited. I do wish they would learn to use bleach!!!
Most of the major attractions were a long walk or a taxi ride away. You could walk along the main street which had many, many bridal shops (maybe he was trying to hint at something? Lol) and a number of Turkish cafes and restaurants selling low cost snacks and cakes and a couple of mosques to visit.
There was also a pay phone right outside the hotel which made phone calls easy rather than using your mobile
The hotel wasn't nearly as handy as staying in Sultanahmet where we had stayed several times previously, but it was good value for money
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