Value Score Average Value
Good For Solo
You can forgive the hotel...
You can forgive the hotel for all its faults simply because Istanbul is so great. IF you are ready to put up with a hotel in the middle of development then its a good deal. With development i dont mean loud building, which is what we are usually stuck with, but problems i have never had before. The key card for the door and electricity rarely worked, too modern as it seemed, and the electricity was not the most ahem, stable... Also, you are not allowed to take food or drink into the building. This would be ok, if it werent for the fact that even the street children know that istanbul water is NOT DRINKABLE! therefore, one either has to buy the overpriced minibar water, of which there is only 2 bottles, or smuggle it in the way we did :D ! Nonetheless, the room was clean, roomy, great facilities and a superb view!!! (just ask and the'll put you in a great room with spectacular city views). But be prepared to pay for everything extra. The fitness center is expensive too. Yet, there is a reasonably priced bar on the roof with great views too. Also, breakfast is dreadful; extensive, but horrific, no details needed. But who wants a continental breakfast when you can enjoy Turkish specialties for a fraction of the price down the street? I dont know if i am satified or peeved off as the city was great enough.
Unique Quality: The unique qualities are unique nastities so i will not detail...
Directions: Dont try to find it, moreover, dont try to find anything in Istanbul. Take a transfer or Taxi, just as cheap and VERY fast. Directions are generally quite hard in a city whose population is just about that of Australia.
Located a few blocks away from the main street in Sultanahmet, The Grand Yavuz is an 82 room hotel. We had a spacious, clean, comfortable room on a higher floor overlooking the Marmara Sea. Hotel price included a breakfast buffet.
Unique Quality: Good value for the money, double booked through www.gtahotels.com was $45 in May 2002
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I may be traveling to istanbul next march for about a week. Does anybody know about the Grand Yavuz Hotel? How are prices for food+cabs in Istanbul? What would be any interesting day or half-day trips from istanbul.
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I really liked the Grand Yavuz. We booked through www.gtahotels.com and got it for $45 per night (May 2002). I asked for a room with a view of the Marmara Sea and got a great room that appeared to be newly renovated. I don't remember the breakfast all that well so that probably means it was average.
It's a couple of blocks off the main street but still only about a 10 minute walk to the Grand Bazaar, 5-10 minutes or so to the Blue Mosque, etc.
Don't know what the weather is in March but if it's warm enough take a day cruise on the Bosphorus. the public ferry was only about $2US and it's a great trip.
Cabs from the airport were about $10 US, didn't have any need to take cabs anywhere else as there is a public tram that's cheap and easy to use.
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My room was awfull in that hotel i think you have to ask them to give a good room to you , the breafast was not really good , but the price was okay.
Re: istanbul hotel
We actually looked at some of the other rooms and they weren't nearly as nice as ours. The room # we had was #614.
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