This hotel was recommended to us by an acquaintance who stayed there last year, and we were not disappointed, check in was pleasant and quick and we were escorted to our room and helped with the luggage by a very pleasant porter, who explained the key card and the remote for the air con. he also came back up later to sort out our room safe and showed us how to set the code. The room was a good size and looked exactly like the website photos, it had every thing you needed including a kettle with tea and coffee and a complimentary bottle of water, replenished daily, the bathroom was a good size with a walk in shower plenty of towels again these were changed daily. there is a mini bar in the room and prices are in $dollars, but seemed reasonable. Breakfast is typical Turkish buffet style and had a large variety of items including eggs, sausage,salads, fruit,cereals, yoghurt, breads, cakes, jams, tea, coffee and juice. again this looked like the photos on the website. On the first evening we ate at the hotel, this was OK but nothing to write home about, but was very reasonable at 22 TL pp for an eat as much as you want buffet. We had a bottle of wine which seemed a little over priced at 110TL. The views from the top floor restaurant are amazing and it was lovely to eat breakfast on the outside balcony and enjoy the nice weather. On our first night we returned to our room to find a lovely bowl of fruit which which we enjoyed over the next few days when we returned from sightseeing. We used the bar in the reception area a few times during our stay and Ishmael the barman was lovely and so courteous. I also used the swimming pool one day and although on a huge pool it was warm and the facilities were clean and towels provided, I was also offered free tea and coffee during my time there. Yes some of the staff might not speak very good English but then my Turkish is not very good either but they are anxious to make your stay as good as possible. The hotel is about a 25minute walk from the big sights of The Blue Mosque and Hagia Sofia Museum and grand Bazaar, also worth a visit is the underground Basilica Cistern(opp the Hagia Sofia) and the Suleymaniye Mosque this is only about 15 minutes from the hotel and was fantastic. It is so big it can be seen from most parts of the city. there are no queue's at this mosque unlike some of the the other attractions. The Topkapi Palace you could spend all day here there are plenty of places to sit and rest in between looking around the many rooms and exhibitions. Well worth doing is the sightseeing buses who have two routes red and blue and we covered most of the out of the way places with these such as the going over the Bosphorus bridge an experience on an open top bus to the Asian side of Istanbul and the Golden Horn and the which links the the Turkish and European sides, you can hop on and off at any of the attractions on the route and just get on the next bus they also go over the Galata and Ataturk bridges. The hotel is situated in a pleasant area with a few restaurants within a 5 minute walk there seems to be a lot of clothes shops in and around the hotel but on closer inspection they are wholesale only.
All in all a great hotel with good facilities and pleasant staff.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel Grand Washington located in the historic centre of ancient Istanbul is within walking distance of historical , cultural , business and entertainment areas. Also easily accessible by mobile transportation. We serve our guests with distinctive deluxe rooms and suites , meeting rooms and an elegant designed lobby , all fully renovated in 2012. Dine at our roof top restaurant , overlooking beautiful Istanbul or enjoy a drink by our outdoor swimming pool and sunbatting terrace. Pamper yourself with a Turkish bath , steam bat hor massage in our fully fledged S.P.A and saloon , conveniently located nearby our indoor swimming pool , sauna and fitness centre. Your comfort and enjoyment are our highest priorities achieved by high - class and dedicated service with 25 years of experience. ... more less
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