When we arrived at Esen Hotel, we were offered a room on the first floor across the road. As this had no views from the window we asked if we could be given a room with a view. Bearing in mind the location of this hotel near the waterfront, it seemed a shame not to have views to match. The management offered us a room on the top floor, if we could manage the steps, as there is no lift. You certainly need to be fit to manage the six floors involved! But, when you are up there the views are to die for - and it would be difficult to imagine any better views for the money this close to the waterfront. Not only that, the Sirkeci train station is immediately across the road, and the Sirkeci tram station is also within a matter of minutes. Plus a short walk to the ferry terminal at Eminonu. In other words, it just couldn't be any better situated.
As for the room, well it had seen better days, but it was clean. You can judge for yourself from the attached photos. There is exposed wiring, albeit insulated, and the standard of finish was lacking for this day and age. When my wife touched the wall cabinet in the ensuite, it was only hanging by one small screw, and it fell off the wall towards her. We told the staff about it the next day but it never got put back up whilst we were there.
Although the dining room was rather cramped - but we were there at a busy time - the buffet breakfasts were excellent, more than anybody could eat, and Nescafe coffee (wow!) and fruit cordial were on tap 24/7. The staff were very attentive and one even chased us up the street one soaking wet evening to loan us an umbrella. We were very impressed!
This area of Istanbul isn't cheap, but we felt that Esen Hotel was as good as it gets for the money. Our room was very tired and in need of updating, but it was clean, the plumbing worked (a big plus for this part of the world) and the bed was comfortable. At the end of the day, this was what we asked for as a trade-off against the sensational view, and we had no complaints.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Grand Esen Hotel offers air conditioned rooms with free Wi-Fi, just a 2-minute walk from the Sirkeci Train Station. Guests can enjoy free parking and a 24-hour front desk. Esen Hotel’s guest rooms include a satellite TV, minibar and tea-and-coffee making facilities. As from the 3rd floor, the rooms feature wide views of The Bosphorus. Guests of The Esen Hotel can enjoy a rich breakfast buffet in ... more less
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