Housed in a beautiful Belle Epoque building (with no sign outside), in the now very trendy Galata neighbourhood, George Hotel is probably one of the city's best boutique hotels. It opened in 2011 after a complete renovation of the building which maintained the original spirit of the architecture and matched it with simple, elegant interiors. The positives are plenty, among them are the spacious, comfortable, and modern rooms, the rooftop resto/bar with stunning panoramic views over the Bosphorus, the friendly and helpful staff, and the location close to Istiklal and the old city. All this made my week-long stay over New Year's and early January 2013 most memorable. To be honest, though, there were a couple of minor negatives. First, to reach the hotel on foot, one has to climb a very steep road, which requires a great level of fitness often unattainable after a long day of walking and sightseeing, though this could be avoided by taking a taxi, or by hopping on the tunnel metro train up to Istiklal and then walking a short distance downhill. Second is that some of the adjacent rooms are connected by doors, so inconsiderate neighbours will be heard. Lastly, the bathrooms have glass walls with wooden shutters, which do not do the best job concealing the interior, so unless you are in the room with a spouse/partner, this might cause some discomfort. Despite these three negatives, I would not hesitate to stay here again.
10 days in a hotel is a bit over the top. Also the hotel was completely new, I was among the first guests, and it came with some childhood diseases. It was also partly under construction, so some of the facilities were not available. This goes for the business centre, gym and some other facilities. The room was fine, but plumbing suffered from some installation flaws - repairable.
Led a very regular life between hotel, office and dinner in town, and for this the hotel was functional.
Good breakfast buffet on 14th floor.
Central location i Ataköy, near a cluster of hotels and two major shopping centres for easy to get services and shopping. Food courst in the two malls, and walking distance to pedestrian streets and the Ataköy Marina made for a multitude of shopping, entertainment and food options. Galleria and Marmara Forum malls were also in easy taxi distance.
A 20 TL to the airport, but the hotel is brand new and taxi drivers do not know it. Ask to go to the Titanic Hotel instead; it's across the road from Ramada.
Near the Turkish Olympic Committee office, and sports facilities there.
As of August 2011 this hotel is a mere 4 months old.
The staff are incredibly friendly and helpful.
The hotel is kept scrupulously clean and the room was very comfortable, light and area. We had a family room which was a good size and doors that opened to give views down the street - sound proofed rooms ensure that sleep is not disturbed by any external noise 9I missed the late night and earlymorning call to prayer!).
Breakfast is included in the price and there is free coffee at any time. A terrace at the top with views across the city.
There is wifi - get the codes because they differ for each floor of the hotel!
Located in a street with a plethera of restaurants - you are spoiled for choice! A hop, skip, nonni from the main sights and only a few more paces to the bizarre distrcit.
I thoroughly recommend this hotel. Our experience staying here (3 days) was nothing but relaxed and enjoyable.
Credit card is accepted.
The Seven Hills Hotel is located between the Blue Mosque and the Topkapi Palace, across the street from the four Seasons. It was very easy to walk to all of the "things to see" in the Sultanamhet district. Only a five minute walk to the tram. The rooms were nice and with enough space to walk around and the bathrooms and shower were also a nice size. They provided all the bottled water as the tap water was not for drinking. The upgraded us to a balconey room. CNN was the only English station on the good sized flatscreen. The cool aspect was the breakfast room in the resto which had great views of the Blue Mosque, the Hajia Sophia and the Palace, with the Bosphorus in the background. The views from the terrace on top were even better. The breakfast was pretty good and it was nice that the attendant would serve you hot eggs whether scrambled, an omelet. Lots of fruit as well as some excellent raw honey. The neighborhood is nice and we felt very safe.
The view from the terrace
The Hotel Nena is conveniently located between the Cemberlitas and the Sultanahmet tram stops in the Sultanahmet district. I can only say good things about the room, the staff, the location, the confortable waiting area, the small garden area in back.... and it had one of the best breakfast spreads EVER. We paid about $180 for the room. Our balcony overlooked the Blue Mosque and the Bosphorus. The breakfast (restaurant in the evening) provided an ever more commanding view.
The breakfast spread was the best I have ever experienced. It must have been 20 feet long with cheeses, meats, fruits, olives, pastries, rolls, eggs, carrots, tomatoes, peppers,
This review is concerning Istanbul Holiday Apartments, Glorya Apartments, Penthouse Terrace apartment. While the view on the private terrace is outstanding, this apartment is small, cramped and dirty. The bathroom is extremely small and difficult to move around in. The stripping around the bathroom shower stall was peeling, the grate on the wall with some wires wasn't screwed in all the way, the door had a screw showing through the door with no cover, ants in the kitchen, dead ants in the living room, rugs were torn and a sewer smell permeated through the apartment. We left after one night. Unfortunately, the cancellation policy is pretty stern. I wouldn't recommend this apartment.
View on private terrace is outstanding.
I stayed at the Hotel Levni for two nights. It was a perfect location! From the north entrance, it's only a 10-minute walk to the Grand Bazaar, and a 10-minute walk to Tophane Park and Topkapi Palace. Walk one block, and you're able to catch the tram going to the Tunel/Taksim side of Istanbul.
The staff were more than accommodating and all spoke English. My room was clean and extremely peaceful. The bed and linens were of excellent quality and I had an excellent night's sleep. Despite its location to the center of Sultanahmet, the hotel is quiet and feels like a much-needed escape after a day of touring.
Hot water was no problem and I soaked sore muscles in a lovely bath after a long day. I highly recommend Hotel Levni if you plan to visit Istanbul.
My room had a view of the Bosphorus, the Sea of Marmara and of the Galata Tower. On a clear day, I could see one of the two bridges that link Europe to Asia -- and the boats on the water.
The hotel is named after a well-known miniaturist and has prints of his work throughout the hotel. It's a lovely minimalist style that extends to the decor of the rooms.
Hotel Levni has a swimming pool and a haman, and offers massages by appointment.
Sultanahmet is the touristic center for sure.
As a local I would recommend to devide your stay into two: 3 nights in Sultanahmet to be close to the historical attractions, and 4 days in any part of the the "real" city; that second part can be Beyoglu-Taksim (central, nightlife, crowds, cosmopolitan, lively, cultural, artistic, bohemian) or Besiktas (central, busy, seaside, local) or Kadiköy (Asian side, safe, clean, colorful, nontouristy, lively) or any part near Bosphorus.
Before i went to green park hotel, i read some of the reviews on the internret, they didnt seem to optimistic, infact everybody was complaining, when we aarived to the hotel, everything seemed great, i was wondering why the hell did people not like this wonderful hotel, but after our thrid night i realized why. when we wanted to check out they gave us a mini bar bill of over 200 dollars! We were suprized to realize that they had not only listed things we hadnt eaten but they had also charged us double the price written on their list. they probably thought that we wouldnt realize but after much insitence they accepted that they had charged us extra. they didnt even give an apology. we decided to stay one night extra and even though we had paid the fee for the room, when we arrived in the evening we saw that our key card doesnt open the room door. we went an told the clerk and he said that you havent paid for the room. i was furious! they called they clerk which was present in the morning and he confirmed that we had paid. they wasted two hours of our time there too. t
three reasons why not to go to greenpark hotel
1. very expensive (140 euro) per night
2. rude and inprecise staff
3. very far away from the city center.
it has turkish massage but it costs aroung 60 dollars. small pool, gym, turkish bath, very cold suana ansd juccuzi.
I know of a hotel in a very good location in the historic quarter of Sultanahmet, 5 minutes walk from the Blue Mosque:
And their sister hotel right opposite (off the Sea of Marmara!):
The 2nd one offers great views, service, clean rooms, modern & large bathrooms, good breakfast, all for a very modest cost!
I visited the 2nd one as a couple I befriended was staying there; then I too moved there from a pricey hotel!
Rooftop restaurant where you can sit in the covered areas or open-air, admiring the Blue Mosque & surroundings.
Complimentary slippers, and decent first-aid kit!
Lovely room balconies with views of the sea & the gardens in front of it!
Hotel libya is your old fashioned istanbul hotel catering to the working class, the prostitutes and the dodgy characters in town.
It´s old and dingy and the rooms are small and basic.
I stayed there 2 nights just to catch a feel of such a place and i must say i was ok there even if it was grotty.
The old guy who ran it was an ok lad and my bed was ok and so was the shower that i had in my room.
It was absolutely nothing special, but if you want to save money then it´s acceptable.
I paid 20 lira for a night in march 2010 and that is very cheap for istanbul standards.
Cheap and well located.
Well. I guess i am a accomodation hunter.I always prefer to catch romanticism with my cat and piece of liver on my other hand.But waking up to a sparkling Bosphorus morning, i will leave my boy this time.
Bosphorus Palace is located on the other half(Closer to Black Sea) of Asian side and promises mild and enjoyable isolation away from the hectic city.
If your writing a book, perhaps just married,need a break,whatever goes inside of you, this hotel is just for you...
Breakfast.Breakfast is great.
View.You want to be burried there.Right in the Bosphorus.
Taxim Suites Hotel is not exactly a hotel, as it is basically a complex of self-catering furnished apartments. The location is absolutely wonderful, being right across from Taxim Park and just a couple of minutes waking to Taxim Square and Istikal Street. The front door is locked all of the time, so the security of the hotel is excellent, and the reception desk is manned 24 hours per day. To get in, when staying as a guest, you just ring the bell and you'll be let in. There are three different types of apartments per floor: the Park Suite, the Avenue Suite, and the Miyake Suite 8in a more Asian style). I think my type of apartment was the smallest--the Park Suite, but it was wonderful nonetheless. You have everything you need! A well equipped kitchen, living area with nice furniture and flat screen TV, a work area, wireless internet that works wonderfully and is complimentary, a bedroom which is separate and a bathroom with jacuzzi tub. It really is a wonderful and comfortable place to stay and I felt so at home, I often did not feel like leaving the room. I felt like I lived in Istanbul! Best of all is the staff: Zeynep, the manager, and all of her staff, is absolutely wonderful. There is absolutely no doubt that I will stay here each time I go to Istanbul!
Thomas-ay Group offers more than 150 fully serviced apartments in center of Istanbul and moreover in other destinations of Turkey such as Izmir, Ankara, Bursa, Antalya, Bodrum, Marmaris. Possibility to reserve more than 1 apartment from the same building for big groups. Daily cleaning, changing linens&towels, airport transfers and lots of extra services.
Each flat has wireless internet connection, satellite tv and moreover lots of free extras such as daily cleaning, changing linens&towels etc.
Probably the best value hostel in taxim area. Best location, nice staff. It is also member of www.Halkan-Hostels.biz.ly so you can get a 5% discount if you are coming from another Balkan-Hostel
Helpful staff - perfect location
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