This was my third visit to Istanbul and, although I can't complain about the other places I stayed in, I have to say that this hotel was the accommodation I enjoyed the most!
I hadn't heard before about this place but, after reading the good comments they got in other websites, I decided to give it a try and booked three nights there.
It's centrally located, just in front of the walls of the Topkapı Palace and the Gülhane Park, and there's an easy five-minute walk from Gülhane tram stop. It's situated in a street full of souvenir shops but it doesn't get overcrowded at any time of the day, so it's quite quiet and a peaceful sleep is guaranteed.
We arrived at 5 pm and we were welcomed by a very friendly man (whose name I unfortunately didn't catch) who showed us around, took our bags to our room and gave us some useful information about the area.
The room was a bit small but we weren't thinking about spending much time in there (If you do, you're wasting your time in Istanbul). It was spotlessly clean and the beds were incredibly comfortable. I'm still amazed that I slept so well during my whole stay.
Breakfast is served every morning in the small restaurant by the main entrance and it's full of typical Turkish delicatessen. Black tea, olives, pieces of 'simit' (sesame bread), great yoghurt with honey(A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!)... But, best of all, the lady in charge of the restaurant. Even though she didn't seem to speak a single word of English, she was always smiling and trying to help costumers. She even recommended me what to spread over my 'simit'.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Taya Hatun Hotel is located at the historical peninsula and just in walking distance to major historical areas, museums, shopping centers and public transport points. We are located in the heart of Istanbul's neighborhood and from our location we invite you to explore the mysteries of 2000 years. ... more less
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