Alfa hotel is very easier to find as the it's located near a tram station. Main tourist attraction places like Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque are about 10 minutes away from the hotel which is very convenient. The neighbourhood is safe I am able to walk a lone at night without any hesitation. However, there is a school close to the hotel and I am not able to sleep longer as I can hear the kids playing in school yards at 8 am which can be annoying at times.
The hotel was in an excellent location in the Fatih district, very close to the local attractions. Lots of restaurants nearby.
I found the check-in really easy and smooth and the staff to be helpful.
Breakfast was really good, with a variety of foods to choose from.
The only displeasing thing about the hotel were 2 particular incidents:
1st - I asked one of the waiting staff to bring me turkish coffee to my room. He spoke in turkish, and eventually he lashed out on me in turkish. Perhaps he couldnt understand, but he was extremely rude. During checkout, the staff tried overcharging me by saying I had more than what I really had.
2nd - I was overcharged at a price of 81 TL for the following items from the minibar.:
Coke can x1
2 choclate bars
Turkish coffee x2
Nescafe sachets x1
Instead of being charged 57TL, had I not questioned the amount charged, I would have blindly paid 81TL (£21). Which is quite alot...
Other than this, the hotel was a really nice stay. Would probabyl stay somewhere else next time, but would definitely recommend this hotel to friends and family.
The hotel is located in a nice part of the city. The staff speaks English and is very helpful even in unexpected situations (I had mixed up the dates due to different time-zones and arrived a day late; they still managed to get me a room and were pretty nice about it). One highlight is the rooftop breakfast buffet overlooking Istanbul. I will definitely stay in Ramada Old City the next time I go to Istanbul. Absolutely worth the price.
A very good deal on this hotel! Rooms are very sparse in terms of decorations but are simple and serve well for the purpose of relaxing! We had a queen bed and single bed room for us and our son, however we would have preferred a bigger room for more space. The breakfast is traditional turkish breakfast with a variety of cold cuts, jams, breads and pastas and rice dishes. Downside was the coffee was just too strong and bitter for our tastes. Hotel staff were very friendly and accommodating. Each one was able to answer our questions of how to get somewhere or where to find something. Before our trip we emailed the hotel to arrange our airport transfer and requested the same going back. Emails were promptly replied to and transfers went smoothly. There were a couple short power outages during our 2 week stay, which is common for the area, but very short as to not be a hassle. The great thing about this hotel is that it is right next to many restaurants/cafes and many clothing stores! Not so much souvenirs, but women's, men's and kids clothing and shoes. Historia Mall is also a short walk away from the hotel (with stores like zara, Mango, starbucks and KFC). There is also an ATM across the street, and along Fazi Pasa street many other ATMs that exchange currency as well. The only warning is that the beggars are very aggressive in this area which took some getting used to! I would suggest becoming familiar with the tram to access the tourist spots about a 15 min walk away.
It was such a wonderful first time family holiday in Istanbul.The hotel was beautiful and the service was excellent,I honestly recommend people should visit Turkey becauuse its a lovely country with great attractions and places to visit.The food is wonderful,sights are amazing and shopping is affordable.The hotel was 20 minutes away from blue mosque,grand bazar and other sites.There are several burger king and Mcdonalds restaurant in Istanbul.I hope my comments will be a good help to the viwers.
I arrived at the hotel between 2 and 3, upon checking in i was told that there was something wrong with my room and i would have to stay in another hotel for the night. I was taken down the street to another hotel (i can't remember the name). I was meeting freinds at the Marmaray Hotel so i came back afew times that day. I asked multiple times what was wrong with the room and i was just told that there was something wrong. The next morning i ate breakfast at the Marmaray and asked if i can move into my room at the Marmaray, i was told that i could. After i moved my bags into the room at the Marmaray i returned to the lobby and was told my the man working at the desk that there was a problem. He said that the room had not paid for the room and that he would give me an invoice and i could pay cash. I told him that i paid for everything through expedia and that he could contact them if there was a problem. luckily that was the last i heard about this. Other than that no issues.
Aksaray is an easy metro ride from Istanbul's Ataturk Airport. The neighborhood borders the Old City, the area formerly called Constantinople and declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1985. A short tram ride from Aksaray takes visitors past ancient city walls to all the famous sites of Turkey's largest city, including the Blue Mosque, Topkapı Palace, Hagia Sophia, and the Grand Bazaar.
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