on December 7, 2010
The first night on arrival at the Ottoman Hotel receptionist said: "There is a small problem". "Sh ...., We come too late and they have given away our room" flashed through my mind. But that was not all that bad. During the week we had two nights at another hotel. Not far from this hotel. The hotel proved to be the brother of the owner. Yes, families should help one another.We were nicely brought to the Old City hotel and found that indeed an elegant room was arranged for us. And the hotel was maybe 5 minutes walk from our old hotel. In the historic center of Istanbul in Sultanahmet.LocationFrom the hotel looks out on the hilly streets of Istanbul. You see the tops (round Kepel) of mosques in the neighborhood. The hotel is located in the historic center of Istanbul. All can be visited on foot. An ideal location for a tourist. Nearby are several restaurants and souvenir shops. A street also runs the tram and you are close to the buses. And it even easier for a yellow taxi.ArrivalA friendly young man at reception helped us. Our driver spoke a word with him and we could just go see the room first and we were friendly helped but a person that walked with us. The only problem was simply that the elevator was just too small for three people to fit even though it said it could easily handle it. The roomWe had an electronic key. You go straight to the room and with the key you also enables the electricity. The air conditioner works and then also the light. The room is very spacious. The hotel has recently completed 6 months ago and looks beautiful new old with light brown wood. We had beautiful views of the street life below us. The decorations are old prints on the wall with Arabic motifs. There are no more smoking rooms since there is the anti-smoking law. Only outside on the street smoking is permitted. There is a sitting area with an armchair, a desk and chair, a flat screen TV. On the bed there were two white bathrobes with slippers. There is internet access throughout the hotel. The beds are great and the double glazing keeps you hear outside noises. In the room there is no coffee and tea making facilities. There is a small mini bar. One more thing, there's a beautiful deep red carpets dry throughout.The bathroom is small, with a white decor. There is a bathtub with a shower. . Getting into the bath is easier than in the other hotel, but it is still difficult. Of course the shampoo / shower tubes available. That is perfectly arranged. And the soap smelled delicious. There is also a hairdryer. The voltage is 220 volt.PriceThe room price is around 200 dollars for a double room. Breakfast included. But as we transfer from our previous hotel in the settlement were, we did not pay anything.We have seen that a Turkish man was trying to negotiate the price of two rooms (for him and his family), but he got only 10 dollar discount. BreakfastThe breakfast was included. It is served in the basement. That is what a wonderful buffet cared. You can take the elevator down. The buffet is very well taken care of a boiled egg to an omelet, tomatoes, cucumbers, melons, jams, yogurt and granola, and various breads. They have a toaster for your toast. Perfect.Bar/restaurantThere is an outdoor terrace where you can have breakfast (13 lira), lunch and dinner. There are about 30 places with a large awning. 7 lira for a pint and 6 Turkish lira for a coffee. There are also snacks. When you drink in the evening you get a cup of nuts.There is a good menu with dishes in Turkish and English. The food is good standard. For a dinner with what you drink will cost around 40 lira. We have eaten a kebab night and it tasted superb. Also well catered for with advance Turkish bread with herb cheese.StaffI have only met friendly and helpful staff. It struck me that explaining things in English, was sometimes difficult. But it was very thoughtful. Excellent!ParkingAlong the sidewalks of the streets from the hotel is parking. You must have good driving qualities when you want to place your car on a (very small) place. The locals seem to have no problems with that. ConclusionIt really is a hotel to recommend. Not only for those with limited mobility. The staff is helpful and very friendly. The location is ideal.
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