I stayed at the Serene Hotel in Istanbul for 6 nights in August 2013. I booked the airport transfer car service, and when I arrived at Ataturk airport, I was greeted by my driver holding a sign with my name on it. The airport transfer was quick and safe, and the driver was friendly and helpful.
The hotel is located on İstiklal Street, which is at the heart of probably the liveliest area in Istanbul. Within a 5 minute walk of the hotel are hundreds of restaurants, bars, night clubs, stores, and ice cream shops. Although the hotel is located in a busy area, the entrance is located in an alley and is slightly hidden which gives the hotel some privacy.
The two young guys who work at the front desk were very friendly and helpful, and although the hotel is small there was somebody at the front desk 24 hours a day.
My room was clean and comfortable, air conditioning was great, Wi-Fi was fast (and free), and everything was pretty much brand new. I'm not sure if the hotel has been recently renovated or if it was recently converted into a hotel, but regardless, it was really nice!
On the Saturday of my stay, there were a few protests taking place on İstiklal Street and at Taksim Square (about six blocks away). I was travling alone, and although there was a heightened police presence, I felt completely safe at all times and not once did I ever feel in danger.
This hotel was a really great surprise, and the price I paid felt like a steal. The only slight issue that some people may have is that there is no elevator in the hotel and the stairs can be a bit of a challenge if you have a lot of luggage (like I did). However, the guys at the front desk were more than willing to help me with my bags and carried them for me to and from my room so there was really no problem with that.
Overall, I had a great stay at the Serene Hotel and would highly recommend it !
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Serene Hotel Istanbul is perfectly located within a short walking distance to Taksim square. All rooms are equipped with a king-size bed or two twin beds, private bathrooms, safe-deposit box, air conditioning and LCD television. ... more less
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