A group of 8 friends were travelling together and stayed at Lalinn.
We had 3 rooms booked 2 of which were to accommodate 3 people and one which was a double.
I was in the double room (double bed and a single bed) and the room was in a separate part of the hotel from where my friends were staying. I spoke to the person in the hotel and literally within 3 minutes our room had been changed to a triple room with only 2 of us sharing.
The room was spacious, and had several windows to let air in.
The view wasn’t all that to be honest but we knew that and weren't paying for a view.
Eyub the manager of the hotel spoke fluent English and was the man, assisted us in any way he could helped us plan our route to visit the various tombs across Istanbul, arranged transport for us, gave us cost saving advice.
One night I was so tired and very hungry that I requested the chap on reception to order me some food and he ordered me domino’s pizza which went down a treat.
The breakfast was nice and had a big variety, wasn't a big rush so you could relax and take your time.
Location is spot on for those who wish to explore SulthanAhmet, a very realistic 10 minute walk to the Blue Mosque (a bit of uphill but nothing major) and 6 minute walk back (downhill).
Eyub also told us where to go for a Turkish bath (traditional not the touristy one) this one was where all the locals goes and it was an amazing experience.
Our group ranged from early 20's to later 30's and everyone was happy which was a relief as it was my choice of hotel.
Everyday the beds would be made, and the bathroom cleaned, very good people working at the hotel, honest and reliable.
There wasn't a single complaint and we were part of a group who went from the UK to the Turkish/Syrian border to deliver ambulances and stayed in many hotels across the way so Istanbul for 5 night was our chill out/wind down time and that's exctly how we felt.
The AC in the room was awesome! and the bathrooms were clean and tidy.
There are local shops to get water, drinks and you can use the fridge in the room to store them.
Facilities in the room to make tea, coffee infact the only constructive feedback would be we used the coffee satchet and sugar that was in the hotel toom after the first day and it would have been nice for them to top this up, no doubt if we had asked it would have been done there and then but we never got round to asking.
I looked at over 20 hotels in this area in our price range and the reason why I decided to go with Lalinn was because of the positive reviews from other peope so I thought it's only fair I give an honest opinion. It is fair to say my friends travelling with me share my thoughts also.
If I ever visit Istanbul again and Sultanahmet area I will definitely be staying in this hotel again.
Full credit to Eyub and his team may Allah bless them all and grant further success in their business.
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