.. I spent 5 nights at Mevlana Hotel in Istanbul and just returned couple of days ago. Hotel has a great location 2min walking distance from Blue Mosque and Aja Sofija, and it's close to alot of turist attractions, boats for Bosphor ride & trip to Asian side as well as to other parts of the European side (Taksim, Galata tower, Dolmabahce Palace). Now the main problem was when we arrived we got a room in the basment with two tiny windows which were very high but really they were in street level, and street cats were standing on them since we had to open the window to let some fresh air in since the AC wasn't working good. Also we couldn't sleep because at 2am bunch of little kids were sitting in front of hotel singing and talking really loud with their parents (?!?) 1 meter from our basment window, we could only see their feet. The room we booked was economy but the pictures on web sites like booking.com showed the pictures not of economy room, but of the better ones, and also on hotels web site there was not an description of a room which would have to say that economy room is either in basment (like in dungeon, or on the opposite side of the street and has a wall view. The next morning we went to the reception an told them our story because we could not sleep more then 15min with out getting woked up, and the gentlmen with the short black hair at the reception (forgot his name sorry) said that he understands and that he will give us an upgrade to a better room on the third floor with a street view. The room was very nice big with a lot of light and air and really we had a feeling that we were in some other hotel. So if you choose to stay at Mevlana (I think it is definetly good value for money) please choose the better room not the economy one!! Rest of our stay at Mevlana was great, breakfast is ok (could be better) but the staff was very, very nice and gave us a lot of tips and help regarding Istanbul and I would like to thank them once again for that. If you are coming from Ataturk airport the tram will live you at the Blue Mosque and you can walk to the hotel.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Living right next-door to the Topkapi Palace is now a privilege that every visitor to Istanbul can afford! Mevlana Boutique Hotel is located just off Sultanahmet Square and only a short walk from most of Istanbul's major tourist attractions. Topkapi Palace, Hagia Sofia, Blue Mosque, Archaeological Museum, Basilica Cistern and the other major sights of interest are situated in 5 minutes from the hotel. The hotel terrace offers stunning views of Prince's Islands and Blue Mosque. Despite its perfect location also 5 minutes from the nearest tram station. Everyone at the Mevlana Boutique Hotel shares the responsibility for meeting the guests requirements and expectations. Combining elegant interiors, ideal situation, first class service and traditional Turkish hospitality, Mevlana Boutique Hotel is an excellent accommodation choice for both tourist and business travelers. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Megara Hotel Istanbul