North Charleston, South Carolina
September 15, 2007
We stayed in a smaller hotel on a side street in Istanbul. It was a family owned old home converted into a hotel. The service was excellent, food good, and they had a roof top dining area with a terrace to enjoy on nice days. The rooms were simple, but had everything needed. The decor was typical of the area, with embroidered tulips on many things, even linens, because one of the Sultans back in history loved tulips, they were his favorite flower. The rooms and hotel were traditional for the area. They had a bar, lounge, outside covered patio downstairs...and they provided a mini bar, laundry services, room service, and transportation if you wanted them. We were being thrifty, but the services were available.
The hotel personnel were very helpful in providing exchange money for Lira, Euros, or American...when needed. They also assisted in setting us up with local tours when we wanted. Rather than setting it up ahead of time with some sort of package deal, we saved money by just waiting until we were there and allowing the personnel help us when we decided to go on a tour. It was a good experience.
From journal 25th Anniversary