Grand Madrid Hotel

3.5 out of 5 stars3.5 Stars

A : Laleli Cad. No:54 34430 Eminonu, Istanbul, Turkey

1 Review

Grand Madrid Hotel
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Satisfaction Terrible
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Costs 20% less but rated 46% lower than other 3.5 star hotels

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  • Solo50
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    We stayed at Grand Madrid for six nights in early September and the service we received was far below our expectations. We will NEVER visit this hotel again.
    If you are planning to visit this hotel make sure you check everything possible in the room and report any minor problems to the management. Our room door handle was slightly loose and it was so hardly noticeable we didn't even bother to mention it. While leaving they made us pay $50 for this. I suspect this is a scheme which the hotel owner is not aware of and is a source of income for the reception people.
    Also at the last minute the person who had gone up to check our room falsely informed the reception that we had left the safe box locked and they were going to make us pay for this too. This was utter lie and we did not pay anything.
    The service was poor. There was no TV in the lobby and the reception people were rude.

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Sabiha Goken airport to istanbul city center

by Rob61

My wife and I will be wanting to get from Sabiha Goken Air port to the city center what are my options and can you please recomend some budget accomidation close to the attractions, I would like to thank you in advance for you help
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What is city center for you ?
in case it means Taksim take Havas bus, in case it means Sultanahmet take E5 bus to Kadikoy than ship.


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An excellent budget hotel in Sultanhemet - and walking distance to many of the places you will want to visit - is the Hotel Hali

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I guess it happend to most of us :)) When you travel, you might happen to see some signs that are a bit wierd, funny or just strange. I think easyoar had a pretty good colection of such signs :)))

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When walking around Istanbul, always be prepared to enter mosques, since they are some of the most beautiful buildings in the city and you won't want to miss out on seeing their highly decorated interiors. There are a few simple rules for entering and visiting mosques:

1. Women must wear headscarves that keep their hair covered. If you don't have a scarf, you can often borrow one from the attendant at the mosque's main entrance. If you are carrying a purse, carry a scarf for mosques so you don't have to worry about who wore the loaner scarf before you.

2. Men and women must keep their knees and shoulders covered. In other words, no shorts, tank tops or short skirts. Women wearing sleeveless tops can get around this rule by wearing a scarf around their shoulders. Men with shorts can enter by wrapping a large scarf around their legs like a sarong, but are likely draw a few snickers from their fellow males.

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5. Once inside, stay behind the section of the mosque (usually in the front by the mihrab, the decorative niche in the wall that shows the direction of Mecca) where men actively pray.

6. Don't use flash in photos (the mosques don't want their tiles to fade) and don't take photos or videos of people praying.

7. Once inside, be quiet and don't talk on mobile phones.


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