To really enjoy the hotel you need to be good on stairs and hills. The great feature is the lounge/breakfast room on the fith floor. And the setting amongst steep streets in the heart of the antiques district.
This is urban life. Not a tourist artificial world.
BW from Montreal
The House Hotel Galatasaray’s proximity halfway between Bosphorus and Isitklal Avenues in the historical district of …More
The reception team was very kind and helpful! Excellent customer service! a little bit disappointed with the breakfast buffet. Not a lot of choice. The bed was comfortable but we felt the room was small even for 2 people.
The room was very clean everyday!
The Historia's biggest single asset is its central location - three minutes walk to the square with the Blue Mosque to one side, Hagia Sophia on the other and the tram route 1 on the north side allowing rapid access to other fascinating places. The archaeological museums and Tokapi Palace are only a few minutes walk further beyond this square. The hotel is small, but professionally run. Front desk is manned 24 hours a day. The buffet breakfasts are excellent, with a wide choice of tasty dishes. My room was well maintained and cleaned, with the bottles of fresh water and toiletries being replaced as necessary.
My room had a great view over the Sea of Marmora. It was not quiet; city noises, including the railway, calls to prayer, ships' sirens, seagulls and the yowling cats all contributed to the atmosphere. Also there was nowhere to rest my laptop - no writing desk or table. And the wi-fi was shakey to put it mildly. There was only one electrical socket available - that powering the hairdryer in the bathroom. So I had to unplug the hairdryer whenever I wanted to run my laptop or recharge my phone.
We selected this hotel based upon their website and reserved a sea view room. The Blue Mosque was straight in front of our room. The staff were extremely helpful with good advice. Buffet breakfast was a healthy selection. Ate dinner one evening and we were very satisfied. The view was worth the price.
Situated at Sultanahmet, the heart of Istanbul, a city which has been fascinating travellers with her history, nature, and …More
We stayed in the Spectra Hotel for a week at the end of October 2014. The hotel has a fantastic location at the corner of the Hippodrome and our room had a beautiful of the pillars and the blue mosque. There is also a rooftop room overlooking the city where breakfast is served with an even better view over the Sultanahmet and down to the Bosphorus.and the Golden Horn. You can help yourself to a mint tea in this room to relax after sightseeing.
The staff were first class. Kasim helped my wife replace a broken padlock, taking the trouble to walk with her to the nearest hardware shop. Omar helped sort out our one day trip to the Princes Islands. And last but not least Doktor was our very amusing waiter in the restaurant. On our first night we decided to eat in the ground floor restaurant and the food and wine were delicious. The restaurant is popular with guests in other accommodation round about and they assured us the Spectra served the best evening meals in the district, so we ate there nearly every night.
We would definitely stay in the Spectra again and recommend it highly.
We switched to this hotel after our tour of Turkey finished, and couldn't have been happier. The hotel is small, with warm and helpful staff. Their location is ideal, close to all the major sights. Our room was large and comfortable, and the bathroom was well equipped. The breakfast buffet was excellent, with lots of choice. We would definitely stay there again.
I travelled alone and felt very safe there. (The maid even left the tip I left in tact when I come back to the room.) Just a step away from tram station and every major spots were in a walking distance.
Breakfast was awesome. Took massage at the last day in the spa within the hotel, it was great, too! Absolutely recommend.
Thank you guys, I'll come back :-)
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