A lovely hotel and the best welcome we have ever experienced. The hotel manager greeted us and took us through into the garden/bar/restaurant area which is a really pleasant area to sit and relax. He ordered complimentary Turkish teas and coffees and sat down with us to ask us what we were wanting to get out of our stay. We already had a planned itinary so we reviewed this with him. He suggested that we swap a few things around to avoid the most crowded times of day for some of the more popular historical attractions and also suggested some restaurants for the evenings. One in particular (Develi) was exceptional quality and value for money (180 Turkish lira for four including a 50 lira bottle of wine). They also sent a complimentary car to pick us up and bring us back to the hotel - fantastic! Our room was very clean and well presented (complimentary wine and fruit) and the bed extremely comfortable. Breakfast was excellent (although no muesli) with the chef making delicious omelettes to order. The hotel is in the old part of the city, and is a mix of old and new, not commercialised and largely residential and very quaint, giving a real flavour of the traditional Istanbul. It appears to be an up and coming area of the city with quite a few new hotels springing up amongst the old houses and shops, but all done so as not to spoil the feel of the place. We would certainly return to this lovely hotel and can't recommend it highly enough. All staff from the manager, receptionists, waitress, waiters, bar staff to cleaners were the most friendly and helpful people we have ever met while abroad.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This 19th-century Ottoman mansion offers luxury 4-star accommodation with personalised service and a beautiful courtyard, just a short walk from the Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia. Garden House enjoys a prime location in Istanbul's historical district of Sultanahmet. It has gained a popular reputation for its staff's outstanding service and great hospitality. Upon arrival, you are welcomed with a complimentary fruit basket and mineral water. Guest rooms are well-presented and full of modern amenities, including plasma TV and free wireless internet access. Garden House's courtyard is surrounded by old walnut trees and offers a lovely place to relax with a drink. Enjoy a variety of cuisine from the al fresco restaurant. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Garden House Hotel Istanbul
- Garden Hotel Istanbul
- Istanbul Garden Hotel