This gay-owned, gay-run guest house should probably be billing itself as "straight-friendly"! During my 10-day stay the people who shared the amply-laden communal breakfast table included gay, lesbian and straight couples, as well as a scattering of single gay men. They came from France, Belgium, Germany, the Netherlands, England, Israel, possibly elsewhere as well, and (in my case) Canada. Joining the guests at the breakfast table were the owner and his partner who live relatively nearby and the young manager (the flirtaious and endlessly helpful Selcuk) when he came on duty. (On the subject of breakfast, the constantly replenished table included eggs, cheeses, olives, cucumber, tomatoes, fruit (stawberries that taste like strawberries) fresh bread, simit (enjoy), sweet butter, honey soaked jams, thick cream (Clotted?) floating in honey, cake, Turkish Delight(!), grilled cheese and tomato slices, tea, coffee, and juice, and things I have probably forgotten. The only thing missing was yoghurt and when I think of it, had I asked they probably would have served it to me the next day. And breakfast was when you wanted it, although I doubt if many guests got up really early.) Did I mention how friendly a place this is? I should also mention how pleasant, helpful, friendly and attentive all the young staff were. Although only a small establishment, the rooms are spacious (and mine was one of the smaller rooms I think) and well appointed. The location - truly only minutes from the unending pleasures of Beyolgu - is unbeatable, yet still quiet (if you ignore the occassional dog barking, chicken clucking, and cats noisely mating). For those who, like me, enjoy walking, almost everything you might want to see in the historic parts of Istanbul can be reached on foot. Or if, again like me, you enjoy the economy and egalitarianism of public transit, then everything you might need - funicular, tram, ferry, bus and soon a new Metro line - is close by. A review without a caveat would be suspicious. My only reservation would be that my perfectly OK room (the misnamed Retro Room) lacked the pizazz of some of the other rooms but a lot of paint would soon fix that! And, oh yes, the wireless internet connection was more than a bit wobbly. I had a great time.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The typical European Istanbul building of 1890s is originally converted into a 8-room hotel with different themes in each room. At Noble House, the modern comfort is united with a personal welcome feeling. Being in the very center of the city, it is conveniently located close to the major tourist attractions, shopping area and nightlife. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Eklektik Guest House Hotel Istanbul