Grand Hotel Gulsoy

4 out of 5 stars4 Stars

Sehzadebasi Old City, Istanbul, 34134, Turkey

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77%

Satisfaction Average
Excellent
22%
13
Very Good
40%
23
Average
15%
9
Poor
12%
7
Terrible
8%
5

Value Score Average Value

Costs 24% less but rated 15% lower than other 4 star hotels

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Good For Solo
  • Families66
  • Couples70
  • Solo71
  • Business66
  • Do NOT go there

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    My husband and I have just stayed there and I would not recommend this hotel to anyone!!! It is old, not that clean, not a good breakfast, extremely rude staff! If you want to go to Istanbul, choose one of the nice small hotels in Sultanahmet. They are much nicer and cheaper. They say this hotel is a 4 star but honestly it looks and feels like a one star....
    There are multiple reasons why we did not like this hotel:

    1. The staff was VERY rude and not helpful. Even though our reservation started on the 15th and we arrived there only early on the 16th, our room was not ready. A very rude lady at the reception told us that the room will be ready only at 12. After I showed her that our reservation started one day ago, she still said she does not have a room ready...Eventually (very annoyed and giving me very evil looks) she gave us a room with 2 single beds...I went back downstairs and asked for a room with one bed (that is what we had reserved...). She literally started yelling at me saying "See your reservation? It says one standard room; it doesn't say how many beds!” I was quite shocked of how she can really shout at me.... After discussions, she eventually told us maybe a room with one bed will be ready later.... My husband and I were celebrating one year since our engagement and my birthday so you can imagine this was a horrible way to start our day...

    2. The taxis they bring to the hotels only want to rip you off! Here's the story: we wanted to go out in the evening so we asked one of the staff how much a taxi fare would be until the place where we want to get. He said at around 20 TL. Someone else from the staff offered to call a taxi for us. We were waiting outside but the taxi didn't show up so my husband wanted to just stop a taxi on the street. The hotel staff told him "no, please wait, YOUR taxi is coming"... Unfortunately we waited and "our" taxi arrived... The first thing the guy told us is that if he puts the meter on, it will be 65 TL (over 3 times more than what a normal fare is...) and if we agree that he drives without a meter on, it will be 45 TL (still more than twice the normal fare). My husband told him to put the meter on. He drove us around in circles for about one hour... we knew where we had to get and we realized he's driving on the opposite direction...Anyway, after being on the car for one hour, we just got out near a metro station and took the metro... So, what do you think: is it just a coincidence that the hotel insisted that we wait for this particular taxi?

    3. Terrible breakfast. It was really not something to look forward to...

    4. The walls are very very thin so we could clearly hear our neighbors talking, shouting, using the shower, the toilet..., you could hear EVERYTHING!!!! Even if someone was on the hallway, speaking, you could clearly hear them...

    5. The AC was very loud; we just had to leave it off most of the time.

    6. We did not have soap in the room at the beginning and we only had one bath towel...

    7. The room was very dark, there was a window but it was facing an interior yard, towards the room where the breakfast was...

    8. The bed and pillows were very uncomfortable.

    9. The hotel is NOT in Sultanahmet, as they claim. It is 5 minutes to the tram station and then 3 tram stations until you get to Sultanahmet.

    So bottom line, we had a horrible experience there. Please don't choose this hotel. Istanbul is such a great city and it would be a shame to remember such a bad experience...

    Unique Quality: NO unique qualities...

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instanbul weather in Feb

by kazuoTsuchiya

I have a plan to go to Istanbul in Feb. I would like to know weather in there and what kind of cloths I should bring.

kazu Tsuchiya.

Re: instanbul weather in Feb

by ricky52

Due to extreme climatic changes the World is experiencing at the moment, trying to predict the weather can be difficult because of local, on the day variations.
Most places now are seeing weather conditions well outside the norm.
The information below should be used as a guide only.

Here is the average weather for Istanbul for this time of year.
Enjoy your holiday.

February.
High 48f / 9c
Low 37f / 3c
Rain 3.20in / 81.0mm
Rain days 15
Hours of sun 6
Daylight hours 11
UV level 2 = Low
Humidity = Frost may occur in February
Sea temp 46f / 8c

Re: instanbul weather in Feb

by brotherleelove

If there is a storm blowing south out of Russia it will be very, very cold, perhaps freezing weather. Pack accordingly.

Re: instanbul weather in Feb

by kazuoTsuchiya

Thank you for your info.

kazu

Re: instanbul weather in Feb

by muratkorman

February will be quite cold and winter clothes will be required. I guess you are from Japan so just take what you will wear in wintertime in Japan.

Re: instanbul weather in Feb

by kazuoTsuchiya

Thank you very much.
By the way , I am in Seattle Washington. It is very wet and cold weather in Seattle right now.

Travel Tips for Istanbul

Old City

by Twareg

There is plenty to do and see, no time to get bored. The tourist bus is a good way to see the Old City Walls. Find a hotel in the Old City, that way you'll be in walking distance of the sites. The Blue Mosque, what a fabulous piece of architecture and Apple Tea, so refreshing.

Maiden tower

by Erkmen

"Kiz Kulesi", well known as maiden tower has been restorated and now being operated by a private company. After the restorations it looks more kitch than usual but still a nice place to see.. Currently there is a cafe inside the small tower and the upper floor is a small museum.. The cfe inside is way too expensive, mind the prices before you visit..

There are regular boat services to the tower from Uskudar (Asian side) and Kabatas (european).. You can take a ferry from Eminonu to Uskudar and after ashort walking near to the tower you can see the boats.. The nicest part is, the tower is just in between Europe and Asia.. Have a look at the bosphorus and watch ferries crossing from Europe to Asia and vice versa

Clothes

by mavi-tr

Turkey is a secular European republic.

Women are free to wear whatever they want here.

A minority of women wear headscarves, but most of those wear modern ones which they mix with jeans and shirts like anyone else.

If you wear a headscarf, please remember that you won't be allowed to enter certain places such as universities and public offices.

Men dress as in Europe.. Nothing is different here.

If you see women wearing a full black veil (very rare), then they are often Arabs.

Kumkapi

by clouds111

Move away from the main tourist attractions to discover the surrounding area of Kumkapi and the fish market. Head west from the Blue Mosque, stroll around and get lost in the back streets among the old crumbling Ottoman houses. It is so peaceful around this area, as the bulk of the tourists/visitors rarely move away from the well trodden path and main attractions.

Keep you eye open for the old wooden houses that are being held up by stilts and be amazed that people still live in them. You'll get a taste for the real Istanbul and how it would have felt like 100's of years ago.

Sile

by 80-bettyboo

on the black sea coast , 70 km from Uskudar,it's sandy beaches, fish restaurants make it nice to spend few days..It is small town with nice people if u wanna get out of Istanbul .
How to get there : You can take a ferry from Eminonu to Uskudar ( number 1 ) when u get off in Uskudar ( Asian Part of Istanbul) there is buses running to Sile frequently...

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Address: Sehzadebasi Old City, Istanbul, 34134, Turkey