We went to Istanbul for our wedding anniversary. The hotel takes about 50 minutes to get to from the airport and the traffic isn't great, but it was totally worth it. The hotel, as suggested by its name, is right on the water. They were super helpful in sending us directions to the hotel in Turkish so we could hand it straight to the taxi driver. We were upgraded when we arrived, which was a lovely surprise. The room was fabulous with a mezzanine floor for the bedroom and bathroom, and a downstairs with a great sofa and fireplace (and downstairs toilet). There were french doors that lead straight out to the garden overlooking the water. Istanbul was great and you can see the big tourist attractions in a couple of days, so don't feel bad about wanting to stay in the hotel! We ate in the restaurant one night (brilliant) and the other two nights we asked for the log fire to be lit and stayed in looking at the view and ordering room service. Bliss!
Love antiques? Then Uskudar, which traces its origins to the 7th century BC, is the neighborhood to visit. Liberally sprinkled with restaurants, cafés, and, of course, antique shops, Uskudar is also famous for its 180 mosques, in particular the Mihrimah Sultan Mosque and the Semsi Pasa Mosque. Be invigorated at Cinili Hamam before sampling the fresh seafood at a restaurant on the promenade.
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