We've stayed in the Hali many times and tend to use it because of its excellent location and reasonable rates. Over the years the view of the Blue Mosque from the top terrace has gradually been obscured by the hotels opposite and now only the dome and tops of its minarets are visible despite the impression given on the hotel's website. However, the rest of the panorama featuring Aya Sophia is quite simply stunning, especially in the afternoon sunshine. The rooms are on the small size but adequate, with basic furniture. Bathrooms vary from surprisingly large to very (very) small. The rooms are clean and our towels were changed every day. The buffet breakfast is Turkish rather than Continental and will set you up for a hard day's sightseeing (but avoid the awful fruit juice). Our only problem during our recent stay was the failure of the hotel's hot water system on three consecutive mornings and one evening. The reception staff didn't deal with this at all well and became grumpy and offhand and the hotel management took far too long to sort it out. That said, whilst it may be a bit basic and only just scrapes a 4 rating, the Hali is an undeniably good base for exploring Istanbul at a competitive price.
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- Also Known As:
- Hali Hotel Istanbul