We were very pleased with our decision to stay at Hotel Sapphire. The location in Sirkeci is hard to beat. We’ve stayed in Sultanahmet previously and enjoyed it, but I thought Sirkeci was even better. Countless restaurants and kebab stands are seconds or minutes away, you’re a short walk from the Sultanahmet attractions in one direction and the Golden Horn in another, and the frenetic, wonderful market streets around the spice market are a short walk away, as well. The tram station is steps away.
Our room was small but not tiny – it was adequately sized given that we didn’t want to hang around the hotel room at all with marvelous Istanbul out there. Everything was clean and orderly, and daily room cleaning service was efficient. The hotel has a lift with enough space to get your stuff in and help you up to the higher floors.
The front desk guys don’t get in your face, but they’re happy to help. We bugged them to help us print our boarding passes for our day trip to Ephesus and before we finally departed, and they always responded “of course” to every request. Every request for information was quickly and pleasantly fulfilled. They were greeting us by name by the second day. We did email them before arriving, asking if they could have an Istanbulkart ready for us upon arrival, and they weren’t able to help with that – a bit of a surprise since the nearby Erboy Hotel does do that for guests – but not a big problem since we easily found a kiosk selling the cards.
Things did get off to a bad start when the free pre-arranged shuttle didn’t show up at the airport. The coordinator was waiting with our name on a sign, but the driver didn’t show, so we spent the first hour of our vacation waiting at the airport. If I hadn’t followed up with the coordinator, I’m sure we’d still be sitting there waiting. And the front desk guys rather laughed it off when we expressed our frustration upon arrival. Later, on the day of our departure, it was hot in the room early, and I noticed they had shut off our ability to turn on the air conditioner.
Overall, this is a good option in Istanbul and a very good value for the money.
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- Also Known As:
- Sapphire Hotel Istanbul