My wife and I stayed in this boutique hotel in April 2014. We were given room 3202, which was beautiful and roomy. (We paid for a Standard Room, and I do not know if this might be an upgrade?) The hotel is located directly across the street from the walls of Topkopi Palace and two blocks down hill from the Hagia Sophia and palace gates. The location is extremely convenient to all the attractions of the old city and is also close to the tram, which can take you to the Galata Bridge and the new city (Taksim, etc.).
As mentioned, the room was great, and the water pressure in the shower was also great. The staff were very kind and helpful during our time there. They were there to help out at any time. Probably my only complaint is that they spent too much time at the initial check-in telling us about the things they could help us arrange: we had been traveling for 24 hours, and we just wanted to get to our room. However, we may be unusual travelers compared to many they deal with, in that we quickly take to new cities and take care of all of our own arrangements for activities. We use public transportation, and only took a taxi two times in a week, and once was on the Asian side.
The included breakfast each morning was delicious and was a great start to each day. There was always fresh vegetables, meats, eggs, cheeses, olives, etc. on the bar. In addition, excellent omelets could be ordered, and the staff would also make a variety of coffee/espresso drinks. The staff put bottled water in our room each night and additional bottled waters were available at breakfast.
I was a little concerned to book this hotel prepaid just based on the good reviews here, but we certainly have no regrets that we booked this hotel. Everything about it was great.
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