I visited Istanbul end March, and when plannign the trip had almost booked ourselves in another Sultanahmet hotel. Till I hit on Celine which seemed like a decent hotel but had just one review on TripAdvisor. Seemed like a well-kept secret but we decided to give it a try basis what we saw online. And boy, were we glad we did!
This is a new hotel that's come up in an old building - which used to be a conclave for journalists years ago. It retains that weight of history but is compeltely revamped into a sharp boutique hotel.
The true test of any hotel for me is how responsive and hospitabel they are, more so before you have even checked in. And Celine came out tops. We were met by the affable manager Tuna who was full of many tips that helped us frame our Istanbul itinerary. A big thank you to him.
The rooms are spacious and have tasteful decor. They overlook a quiet street. And we saw that the location of the hotel was quite central on the map, but when we arrived it is literally a roll-out-of-bed from the blue mosque. Great location and close to the tram network,
The review is not complete without a word on the breakfast. Served in a lovely atrium-type area, it is extensive and wholesome. Great personal attention and a fabulous way to start a hectic day of sightseeing.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Celine Hotel... Built in a totally renovated antique mansion located at the city's historic center, The Celine Hotel is a part of Istanbul's immaculate cultural legacy. It provides you a unique experience with its timeless atmosphere, close proximity to museums and historical sites, as well as ease of connection to modern Istanbul's vibrant lifestyle. ... more less
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