Just 5 minutes walking from Gulhane park with Topkapi Palace and Archeologic Museum on it's territory, 8 minutes from Hagia Sophia, 10 minutes from Sultanahmet Mosque. Turn the corner to get the tram. Bunch of cafe and restaurants around (Pasazade restaurant is great, no pushy staff outside, calm Ottoman konak-styled place and tasty meal).
BUT. Take ear plugs or be ready to listen to water flowing in adjacent rooms, people on the stairs returning late at night and muezzins early in the morning (actually, you could not hide from muezzins in any room =). Rooms are small, but if you have no purpose to spend all your time in the room, it doesn't bothers alot. Warning: there are two rooms on each floor with windows facing not streets or rear yard but inner well, just peace of sky above, window of another looser opposite and stair-windows aside %) Watch the room you check in, we arrived late in the evening and found weird space outside too late to move. Great view from breakfast room was our compensation, we have seen Bosphorus and Golden Horn of bird's eye view in some distance.
Also watch your purses and other important things: two days before departing my friend left all the stuff from her bag on the bed and we went to have breakfast. We returned and realized that the room is already cleaned (strange as usually it was done after our leaving for all day long), and there was a shortage of 20 dollars in my friend's purse. She was sure she could not spare or lose it somewhere else as she counted it just yesterday evening. She decided not to talk to manager about the incident because of the further bore which did not worth our nerves and time.
Anyway you may expext everyday towels changing, cleaning and adding the soap, shampoo and toilet paper in time. Just don't be an unconcerned person and staying in this hotel will be a worth-while..
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Erbil Hotel distinguished hotel among the historical heritages of Istanbul. It is 500 m. away from the Grand Bazaar and Suleymaniye mosque, 300m. away from Blue Mosque, St. Sophia, Topkapi Palace, Saint Sophia Museum and other worldwide famous museums. The distance from to airport is 16 km. Erbil Hotel has 56 rooms and 110 beds,Wireless internet Access. ... more less
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