on December 7, 2010
Ottoman HotelArrivalMy plane had a huge delay. I came in the middle of the night at the airport. Since I took a taxi the hotel wasn’t really difficult to find for me but it was for the taxi driver. The Ottoman hotel was not so well known, because the taxi driver had to ask four times to colleagues where the hotel was. At the hotel a friendly young man came out to help carry the luggage. The receptionist called us very welcome and made sure the porter carried our luggage to our room."There is a small problem" he said. "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. Well if you are dead tired you accept this. The receptionist promised us a free dinner. That made it nice. And he offered us a cup of coffee. Outside on the terrace we got our first Turkish coffee and Turkish delight. Really nice and we enjoyed the coffee and the amazing view of a mosque that was beautifully illuminated.LocationThe website will give you the exact directions. It is about 20 km from the airport. The hotel can arrange transport for you. From the hotel you look out the front of the Hagia Sofia. That is right across the street. The street runs diagonally up right here and go to the entrance of the Topkapi Palace. What I want to say that the hotel lies in the old historic center of Istanbul. Everything to see is within walking distance. An ideal location for a tourist. Nearby are several restaurants and souvenir shops. At the street also runs the tram and you are close to the buses..ParkingIn front of the hotel is parking. The doorman of the hotel helps you to park the car. But I was glad that we had no car. Because parking is a crime in Turkey. The roomWe got a key with a label that the room number on it. With a modern lift we went to the second floor. Then we went to our room. The room is very spacious. The first thing you notice is the canopy above the main section of the bed. We have beautiful views of the Hagia Sofia. The decorations are old prints on the wall with Arabic motifs. There is air conditioning in the room. There is a sitting area with two armchairs, a table, desk and chair, a flat screen TV. There are business magazines on the table. And a big guide of Istanbul. Very convenient for tourists, that thing we used as our bible. On the bed 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 are coffee and tea making facilities and there is a small mini bar.The bathroom is small, with a beige and white decor. There is a bath with a shower. Well, my real criticism. Getting into the bath is a challenge. You need a footstool to stand and maneuver you in the bath. I do not know how old people do. But this is absolutely dangerous. My advice to this hotel would be: Make sure you find a solution for this, because this is dangerous.Of course the shampoo / shower tubes available. No, there is nothing to say. That is perfectly arranged. There are even special things like a toothbrush and a shaving kit.The bed is of good quality with fine duvets. PriceThe room price is 250 dollars for a double. Breakfast included. We did have a lower rate through the travel agency. Yet, no one tells me more that Turkey is so cheap. I think it's pricey.BreakfastThe breakfast was included and it was a wonderful buffet. The buffet is very well taken care of a boiled egg to an omelet, tomatoes, cucumbers, melons, jams, yoghurts and muesli and various breads. The siege has made some variations, cheese, meat and herb cheese. Actually too many to mention.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. For me a place to come back.
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