I had a lovely stay at the marmara place.the hotel manager was very helpful and spoke excellent English.he called me by my first name and anything I wanted he sorted.
Found me a cheap taxi to the airport as well
If you planning to go to Istanbul stay in this hotel you will have no problems with anything
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.
This is an obscure little hotel on a backstreet in Istanbul. The staff tries hard, and the facilities are clean. Lower price so you need to expect lower comfort. Hallway lights are always off unless you stamp your foot to make noise. Elevator exists but is tiny and around the back of the lounge so not immediately visible. Street can be noisy in the morning, especially garbage trucks at 5:00am. Breakfast is simple but earnestly offered in windowless basement room. Some electric switches were broken. Doors are a little flimsy. Double-bed room is very small, so recommend using room with three single beds to get larger space.
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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