We were only in Istanbul for 3 days/nights and stayed mostly in the Old Town area. Right across from this hotel is a former Turkish bath/now ruin, a lovely cafe, and a pretty quiet street. Ten minute walk up a steep road and you are at the Blue Mosque. This was a nice hotel. WARNING, no elevator (lift), so if you can't walk up stairs, don't stay here. The breakfast is served in the basement and it is expansive for a Turkish breakfast. Tried many of their platters, and enjoyed very much the taste. Salim was working most of the time we were there and advised us for directions to where we wished to tour each day. We were visiting during Ramadan and he also was so nice to explain some of what was going on in the city, how and why they fast, and when they break the fast. The room was very quiet, had a view of the Hammam (old Turkish bath), and a really nice size bathroom for European standards. The beds were very comfortable, air conditioning worked like a charm, coffee and tea available all day. This was the best wifi in our room we experienced the entire trip (we had been in Greece).
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- Basileus Hotel will be the good choice as it is located footsteps from to Byzatine and Ottoman monuments such as St.Sophia (Ayasofya), Blue Mosque (Sultanahmet Camii), Grand Bazaar, Topkapi Palace, Hippodrome, Basilica Cistern, Turkish & Islamic Museum, Archaelogic Museum , Old Traditional Baths and it is also very closed to Taksim , modern part of the city . ... more less
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