What a wonderful hotel. Situated in the Sultanahmet area just 5 minutes walk from the Blue Mosque.
We arrived early (around 9:45 am) and could not check in as the hotel had been full the night before. The response was simple: "Join us for breakfast" and the manager meant it as a complimentary gesture. So we sat on the balcony under the minarets of the Blue Mosque in the morning Turkish sunshine and enjoyed a wonderfully varied breakfast of both hot and cold, savoury and sweet dishes, a morning experience that was to be repeated every day of our stay. Meat, cheese, salad, fruit, yoghurt, honey, jam, bread, cakes and on and on and on... Scrambled egg and sausage are the hot options and, if you fancy it, the staff will fry a couple of eggs for you. Tea, coffee (including Turkish), orange and lemon juice are all available.
Our room was perfectly fine with a lovely view across the Bosphorous. Clean and comfortable with only one negative that was the size of the shower - not a lot of room to manoeuvre! However, generally the bathroom was a reasonable size and very clean. Nice lobby.
One thing to bear in mind is that the walk to the Blue Mosque and, indeed, all the major sites, while short is up a steep hill. Just something to bear in mind if you have any ambulatory problems but not generally an issue.
Two mosques will provide you with the call to prayer at 5am. Hey: You're in Istanbul - enjoy the haunting call and drift back to sleep when it finishes.
The management and staff are brilliant and are very happy to provide information and help whenever needed. Get them to organise you a private car to take you to the airport when leaving. €25 is more than you will pay in a standard taxi (€15?) but you won't have to deal with the usual (I'm sorry to say) rip-offs from the untrustworthy Istanbul taxi drivers. Our ride was there promptly and provided a very helpful and professional service.
I travel extensively on business and experience a lot of hotels both good and bad. Ultimate test: Would I stay there again? In a heartbeat!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Boutique, family-run hotel in the center of Istanbul's historical attractions with comfortable and clean rooms, suites, lobby-bar terrace. The Erguvan Hotel is a special-class hotel located 15 miles from Istanbul Ataturk Havalimani Airport. This brand-new hotel is only 50 meters far from historical areas with high-quality and the prices are lower than of the similar range hotels. It is at the heart of the historical district of Istanbul. ... more less
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