Excellent Location & Staff
We arrived early in the morning (9:30AM)after a long flight from the USA. Our plan was to drop off our luggage and start exploring Istanbul. So it was a very pleasant surprise when Emre said our room was available, if we wanted to check in early. Furthermore, Emre invited us to have breakfast once we had freshened up. Not until we showered and had a bite to eat did realize how tired we were from our travel. After we finished breakfast, Emre sat down with us to give us a quick overview of Istanbul. In addition to Emre, the rest of the staff were also as welcoming and customer service oriented. Needless to say what a great start to our stay in Istanbul!
Highly recommend purchasing the breakfast option. Very nice Turkish spread with just enough Western options to make all happy. Dining area is spacious, clean and staff service oriented.
As I mentioned above, Emre during our Istanbul orientation, offered to set us up with a local tour guide, his good friend, for approximately $100 per person which we declined. The next day, Emre advised, he talked with his friend who said he would take us around at no charge. Obviously going from $100 to free raises "red flags," however, in this case our guide was one of the highlights of our time in Istanbul. We did not just go to the sights, but gave us history, details into the customs and took us to the "backstreets" of Istanbul, we would never have found.