I tried to book a double bed room at Hotel Peninsula through the official reservation email address of the hotel. After the first contact I received a very quick answer, that they have a free room available and I have just to send them my credit card number to reserve the room. I sent it and I got the confirmation. 2 weeks before the departure I tried to contact the hotel several times for a reconfirmation, but I didn't get an answer for weeks. To check the situation I used another email address to contact them with a new request. I got a very quick answer again, that of course they have a free room, just I have to send my credit card details. When I informed them that I am the same person as before, I didn't get any reaction any more.
Now I get stopped my credit card, so that the hotel would not to be able to charge it.
I definitely suggest for everybody not to book this hotel.
Wonderful Sultanamet Hotel
We just got home yesterday from Istanbul and staying 5 days at the Peninsula Hotel. I highly, highly recommend this owner managed sweet, home-like hotel. The location is perfect to walk to both Big Mosques ( Blue Mosque and Aga Sophia), around Sultanamet, catch a tram, watch festivities on the square, etc. The owner and employees ( all long time friends/family members of the owner) were totally friendly, and helpful, plus, knowledgable aboout Istanbul. The breakfasts were the best..rich yogurt with delicious cherry or peach topping, breads, tomatoes, cucumbers, olives, cheese, jams, honey, fresh fruit, juices and good coffee! Of course, breakfast was in a lovely roof top area, actually, 2 areas, with the highest roof top area offering a terrific view of the Bosphorus and the top of the Blue Mosque both. Hammocks were availble and inviting, but, we were too busy seeing/doing Istanbul to use them! Our room was clean, air conditioned, homey with sitting chairs, small table, carpets on the floor, pictures on the wall, and nice, huge bath towels. Also, the price was cheaper thansome/most of the area hostels that we checked. Plus, the free breakfast and 10% less the price for cash. This has got to be the VERY BEST DEAL in Istanbul!! I/m telling everybody I know to stay there. I loved this place and everything about it! Carol Ingall
great little hotel
This is a great little hotel. The location is perfect, on a quiet cul de sac ½ block from small restaurants, groceries, and internet cafes. Downhill about 3 short blocks is a sea wall that stretches forever where you can jog with fresh sea air. Three short blocks in the other direction are Haghia Sophia and the Blue Mosque. The rooms are immaculate, made up every day, and there is plenty of hot water. The staff are smart and helpful and have a sense of humor. The breakfasts on the roof terrace overlooking Istanbul are wonderful. You look out over the Sea of Marmara, and then turn around and can touch Haghia Sophia and the Blue Mosque. The other guests we found to be interesting and engaging, and one had returned to this same hotel 6 times
Great Place to Stay
I actually stayed at two places in Istanbul. This place was far more superior than my other selection. They had wonderful quaint rooms for a great price, arranged transportation to/from the airport for a great deal, location was superb to all the attractions, and the staff was always very friendly and helpful. I do recommend to stay at this place to catch all the action!
My son, daughter and I stayed at the Hotel Peninsula for a week in November, and this reasonably priced hotel was a delightful find. Upon our arrival at Ataturk International Airport, a driver/car was waiting to pick us up, arranged for by Mr. Huseyin Gultekin, who runs the hotel. Mr. Gultekin treated us wonderfully. The triple room reserved for us was comfortable, clean, and warm. The full Turkish breakfasts which are included were awesome! The pastries, breads, and delicious yogurt were freshly made, tea/coffee, eggs and veges -- a great spread to begin the day. The view from the terrace is wonderful, and would be a lovely place to sit in the summer months! All the other staff of the hotel were equally accommodating, courteous, friendly, and very helpful to take care of our needs. As an added bonus, the location of the hotel is a few minutes walk to the Hagia Sofia, Blue Mosque, Yerebatan Saray Sarniçi, called the Basilica (or Sunken Palace) Cistern, Topkapi Palace, and the Arista Bazaar. We purchased most of our souvenirs in the Arista Bazaar, as the prices were very reasonable.
We were very pleased and happy with the service we received, and I recommend this hotel!
Great place to stay
Its a great spot in the heart of most of the attractions, for its price its definitely a good choice. We stayed at various other places but went back to Peninsula because it was clean and we didnt have any problems with them at all. Good breakfast that had cake and pastry, most hotels of this price didn't. The only bad things were the rooms are quite a squeeze if you have big luggage, and you WILL be woken up by the 5am prayer call from the mosque next door if your room is not on the street side, something that cant be avoided if you stay in the area in general. It's a great budget hotel, no fluff, but good friendly staff and nice warm place, a good deal.