on August 27, 2007
I took a lot of time looking for a suitable hotel. I chose the Ottoman Hotel Imperial because of its location...and the reasonable rate (100 euros per night per an Internet Special). Right smack dab in the middle of everything, the front of the yellow hotel is on a quiet street across from the back of the Aya Sofia. Our "triple" room exceeded expectations because it was really two rooms plus a bathroom. We also had a nice little balcony with a view over Sultanahmet where we enjoyed a couple evenings sipping a glass of wine or a cup of apple tea...the haunting call to prayer echoing across the city, the cats slinking across roofs. The air conditioning was a nice reprieve from the heat when we were sleeping. The breakfast buffet we enjoyed each morning was a good spread of different breads, cheese, yogurts, and watermelon. The staff were excellent, always helpful, and fluent in what seemed a myriad of languages...certainly no problems with English. Our teenager enjoyed having MTV on the TV at night...something we don't get at home. The BBC and CNN were also available. All was clean...though the shower head in the small bathroom seemed to occasionally have a mind of its own. (Let's just say the walls got a little wet once.) The only real complaint I could have at all was that housekeeping didn't replace our coffee mugs each morning...even though we had used them. YET when we wanted more pillows, they were delivered within minutes. We were very satisfied with this hotel.
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