I was in a quandary whether to choose one of these small hotels in the old city, or to choose a nice modern one a bit further out.
In the end, I plumped for the location and Hotel Aslan had a lot of good reviews. We found it just as many other people did. Friendly, helpful staff. Small but clean rooms. Lovely views from the roof terrace (but that tree in front of the Blue Mosque will have to go!).
We met Mr Aslan when we arrived, and when he found it was my birthday he asked the man on reception to move us to a suite. Unfortunately, there wasn't one available but we were moved when one became free after two days. In actual fact, our first room (206) was absolutely fine. It was quiet and comfortable although it must be admitted that the décor in the superior room was better, and it was bigger too.
I would certainly recommend this hotel, but do be aware of what you are letting yourself in for. The location - maybe 100yds from the Blue Mosque is fantastic. Despite this, the street it's in is quiet.
There are lots of restaurants nearby (we would recommend the Cistern Bar and Brasserie) and plenty of tourist shops too - as well as the Arasta Bazaar.
The downside would be the small rooms and limited facilities - so if you plan on spending a lot of time in your hotel, look elsewhere. If you want a quiet, friendly hotel in the heart of everything touristy, you won't be disappointed.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel Aslan Istanbul offers a rooftop terrace with views of the Marmara Sea . The hotel offers air-conditioned accommodation units LCD TV. Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia, all spacious rooms and suites in the Hotel Istanbul mesafededir.Asl 3 minutes walk from the hotel , free Wi-Fi , wooden floors and a minibar. A private bathroom in each accommodation unit , hair dryer and toiletries place almaktadir.Restor breakfast buffet is served daily in the panoramic terrace. The terrace has an adjoining bar . A 2- minute walk from numerous dining options and bars , LOCATED Staff at the 24 -hour reception provides room service during limited hours . Staff also Ataturk Airport ( 15 km) and Sabiha Gokcen Airport (35 km ) 's services are available in the immediate vicinity ayarlamaktadir.Otel free parking. Sultanahmet Tram Stop and Basilica Cistern is a 5 -minute walk from the hotel. ... more less
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