Value Score Poor Value
Good For Couples
Comfortable, quiet, friendly
I'm glad that I chose this hotel. The room was fine (mine was easily big enough, though some people said theirs was smallish), with a view from a big window out over the Bosphorus, and the air-conditioning worked well. Breakfast (out on the terrace, also with a view over towards the Bosphorus) made a good start to the day, and I could sit there for hours drinking tea and enjoying the cool breeze. The owner/manager was helpfulness itself (I especially appreciated his organising a train ticket for me), and the position of the hotel, within a few hundred yards of almost everything I wanted to see (Hagia Sophia, Topkapi, the Blue Mosque), but still very quiet, was ideal. Guests can use the computer to read email whenever they like. I'd certainly recommend this hotel to anybody else going to Istanbul for a few days, and I'll be back there myself next year, God willing.
Unique Quality: Friendly, quiet, small, near all major attractions, old
Directions: Central historical (Sultanahmed) district, near Hagia Sophia
Pleasant Hotel in the heart of Sultanahmet
This charming hotel is a restored 19th century building, no more than 5 minutes walk from the Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia. All of the rooms have names rather than numbers, after different Turkish poems (hence the name of the hotel) with the appropriate poem hung in the room (in Turkish and English) for you to read.
The hotel has a 24 hour reception desk, and they are always very helpful. There is also a computer with internet access in the reception. Our room was rather small, but had everything needed, and the en-suite shower-room was satisfactory.
The buffet breakfast was good, plenty of bread, honey, cheese, ham, yoghurt and fruit (I think there was cereal available too) and tea, coffee and juice. Breakfast is served downstairs in a little cellar, but you can also take it outside and sit on the terrace. There's a little lounge just off the patio, with wine and other drinks for sale.
Unique Quality: Upstairs from reception is a roof terrace with superb views; it's a lovely place to relax and take in the city, especially at sunset.
I was in room 'Street':
Streets have their seasons too.
Some streets you walk in spring,
the time of judas - trees and nigtingales.
Some ara for winter - passage;
a snow - laden pine branch
bows courteously to greet you.
Some are hilly,
when you climb, the north wind 's at your back,
and on a Ramazan evening
you gaze and gaze at dusty clusters of unripe grapes.
There are wide straight streets.
Sheltering between their walls
horse - chestnut trees grow high along both sides.
Asphalt roads give back their warmth to the sun
and stony roads gather rainwater in their bosoms.
There are streets where tar
drips from the stovepipes on the sidewalk.
Lowers frequent the until streets
and when the south wind blows they stray
on roads going down to the sea.
The street of planetrees is finest in autumn.
In unpaved streets that delight children,
birds who've forgotten how to fly strut side by side.
There are narrow streets, rundown and shadowy.
In spring - cleaning season the houses overflow,
and on festival mornings
a kilim and a pot of basil sometimes embrace.
A street without seasons
where I've never strayed yet,
in a tiny corner of the world
is waiting inpatiently for me.
Small, quiet, well located
We stayed at the Hotel Poem for 4 nights. We took their suite that overlooked the sea. Not much of a SUITE, but a lovely view. The hotel is located in the touist friendly Sultanahmet are and within walking distance to the Hippodome, Cisterns, Blue Mosque, Hagia-Sofia, Topkapi Palace and tram station. Thats the biggest draw. The staff is friendly and they take care of you. They can suggest a lot of things to do and even book places for you. Its priced OK I guess and we even got a 10% discount for making a cash payment. The breakfast isn't much, but sufficient. All in all, A great place to stay.
Unique Quality: There are 2 terraces in the hotel. Lovely view from them. Also 'All of a sudden' room has a great view and a balcony to enjoy it.
Quiet and nice hotel near main tourist attractions
Poem Hotel is small, but very nice. The staff was friendly, the rooms were clean and the breakfast buffet small, but tasteful.
The rooms were a bit small, but since staying in the room was not a major purpose for our visit we didn't mind.
You can eat your breakfast outside, and have a nice view of the Maramara Sea.
The hotel also has a nice roof terrace where you can enjoy the view of Agia Sofia, The Blue Mosque as well as the Marmara Sea.
Unique Quality: Great View!!!
Only about 5 minutes walk from Agia Sofia, Blue Mosque, Hippodrome etc.
Directions: Sultanahmet District
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