Well if you decided to stay in Laleli (the Russian region in Istanbul) one of the best places to stay here is defenetly Merit Antique Hotel. It's the only 5* hotel in that region, but it is not what it used to be, although it does have 5 star clasification, many think it does not correspond. Still the hotel is worth the money you will pay.
Unique Quality: The historical building of the hotel is the first appartment building in Istanbul.
The cuisine in the hotel is great and the breakfast served is quite good. They make great pizza!
Directions: In the center of Laleli region, on the upper side of tram line
Laleli district is very near to touristy area and with an easy reach of tram you can easily travel in the city, thats why many hotels are located in this area.. However as a local I would not choose to stay in Laleli. since the hotels in Taksim area and Sultanahmet area are more decent, why choose the less decent ones. I know there are many elegant nice and cosy ones, but ý could only advice Merit hotel if your budget fits, if not choose a hotel in elsewhere..
Merit antique hotel site is a good example of Ottoman-Turk Neoclassical architecture.
Unique Quality: 274 Rooms, 4 Restaurants, Indoor Swimming Pool, Sauna, Massage, Jacuzzi
Directions: Just in front of the Laleli metro station..
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