Pro: breathtaking view of bosphorus strait and brigde, eminonu pier, roof of sirkeci train station, galata bridge and tower. close to sirkeci tram stop, eminonu pier and marmaray sirkeci metro stop. lot of restaurants serve mainly turkish cuisine and fast food. I love the location which is in between Sultanahmet and Taksim area - the hotel is easy to find Good turkish breakfast with simple variety of menu. Friendly staff and very helpful. Clean room. There is a small market close to the hotel which can cater the basic tourist daily stuff (water, fruits, biscuits, cigarette, ...). Also moved to a single room in 3rd floor, more space and really designed for a single bed.
Cons: the room is mini with super mini shower box which I don't think that guests with big size can fit to shower box. only stairs and no lift to 5th floor so it is not recommended for guests who have heavy suitcase or suffer from leg / knee problem. A little maintenance in the room would make it more comfortable to stay. No soundproof so earplug may be necessary although my (double) room in 5th floor is relatively quiet.
Basically with the value of money - paid around 20 euro for single room per night, is a great deal for me who spent most of my day exploring istanbul.
- 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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