Worth more than twice the price
Posted Apr 12, 2016 on Orbitz
Close walk to Hagia Sofia & Blue Mosque. The staff are exceptionally friendly, enthusiastic & helpful. My room was small, but with a separate bathroom. Internet was slow some nights, but just fine most of the time. There is an elevator. You are right in the middle of Sultanahmet, so you'll be bouncing out of your room to experience Istanbul; but time spent in your room is quite pleasant, and an incredible bargain.
Breakfast is just down the street (40 meters?) at the Hippodrome's big brother luxury hotel, so each morning you have a short walk to a posh environment for your buffet with a view of Asia across the Bosphorus. Fresh eggs, juices, cereals, cold cuts, etc. Lots of choices. Choice of cappuccino or coffee from an automated machine (great for machine cappuccino; not bad by general standards). Each morning I left thinking 'Well, that was nice! Certainly better than I expect from a hotel breakfast!'
Oh, there's a safe in the closet of the room that you set with a combination of ur choice. Nice touch, though I never got a feeling anyone was shady.
The fish restaurant across the street has a deep menu & tasty food. (Fried calimari looked pretty normal, but Stuffed Calimari was a huge calimari shell, served sizzling in a ceramic dish, with an out-of-this world stuffing of various seafoods).
The next restaurant up had nightly Turkish folk music from a talented & entertaining trio on violin, canon (like cembalom or autoharp) & drum. Great with Raki (but try Emet beer too)!