A friend and I stayed in separate rooms at the Troya as we are over 40 and like our privacy. The budget nature of this hotel allowed us to have separate, comfortable, and affordable rooms. Rooms are tiny but very well equipped. Linens were nice and there were plenty of pillows. Bathrooms are beautifully renovated with great water pressure and hand held showers (which I love). Lobby is very nice and comfortable and there is a nice little bar. The rooftop terrace has a great, expansive breakfast with stunning views of Istanbul. Both indoor and outdoor seating. Guessing they book it for events too as one night, they were partying hard up there and it looked like a wedding.
Location is awesome and in the thick of everything the New District has to offer yet a bit off the beaten path so it is somewhat quiet. Still, Istanbul cab drivers honk their horns a lot so I suggest earplugs. On that note, beware of the cabbie's trick when they scam you out of a $50 by claiming you only gave them a $5. I was warned about that and am kicking myself for not identifying the bill as I was paying or for not having told him to screw and got out of the cab rather than giving over another $50 but I digress....
Restaurants and bars are literally outside your door and it seems everywhere you go in Istanbul, there is somewhere to eat, drink, or buy things. There is a very nice Thai restaurant next door. I know, why would you eat Thai food when your are in Istanbul but trust me, after a few days of meze and meat on a stick, Thai starts to look really good and that place is terrific.
Service was wonderful and all the hotel employees were very friendly, as were most we encountered in Istanbul.
My one complaint is that the beds were very hard. Too firm for me but at that price, I can't complain.
I was fortunate to have a room with a real window, high above the street. My companion had an interior room with a window to a closed air shaft. She didn't seem to mind but that would be too claustrophobic for me.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel Troya is a 77-room located in the popular city center of Istanbul, Beyoglu-Taksim area, just 100 meters walk from Istiklal street. The hotel has been in service since 1988, and recently renovated in 2011. All rooms include bath with shower, individually controlled air-condition, LCD satellite TV, kettle, wireless internet access and minibar. Free breakfat is served at the terrace overlooking the city view. The hotel offers airport transfer with a minibus. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Troya Hotel Istanbul