We booked this hotel as part of a package deal with British Airways - return flights plus two nights' accommodation for less than the cost of the flights alone. The reservation worked seamlessly and we were greeted by name on arrival.
With only small overnight bags we used the metro and tram to and from the airport. The hotel is about ten minutes walk from the Sultanahmet tram stop (past the Blue Mosque and Hagia Sofia) and took a little while to find.
After some of the reviews, we were pleasantly surprised to be allocated a decent sized room on the top floor (i.e. below the terrace). The stairs are steep and there are no lifts, but we had a marvellous view of the Bosphorus (even if the foreground leaves a little to be desired). While the hotel may look a little time-worn, it is very clean
Breakfast was better than has been suggested here, and a pleasant setting on the patio beneath the fig trees.
The hotel could hardly be any more convenient to the main historical sights (worth bearing in mind as being there when they open can give a few minutes of relative peace before the tour parties arrive), while Eminonou (for Bosphorus ferries and Spice Market) is still within walking distance.
With recent disturbances in and around Taksim Square, it is worth adding that we felt very safe and encountered no problems of that nature within the vicinity of the hotel or travelling to/from the airport.
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