The hotel stay was included in a package tour from OnlineTurkeyTours. The hotel & the tour was less expensive than just the hotel stay at the Ottoman Imperial. So, you can understand why this is such a value package albeit not your fancy hotel. The room size was just about the same as Econolodge in the states & 1/2 of a typical US hotel. There was a desk, closet, & good air conditioning, but the bathroom was small, dimly lit, & very basic. It was comfy enough for sleeping but not for hanging around or having visitors. The common space is also small, with one sofa & two chairs. The hotel has been refurbished and things look new but small & tight. We stayed in the new section, which had very narrow halls & is accessed through a tiny path through the restaurant. The elevator is a strange two person-at-a-time thing with no door. Keep your hands to your side!
The included breakfast was not geared to American tastes & the seating was very limited. Everything pretty much came out of a can or were dry goods, except for two warm dishes and cheeses. Beverages included unusually strong Turkish tea & cranberry juice.
The front desk was very helpful & had to be called on several times to figure out how to work the safe in the room. No instructions, hidden buttons, & strange keying had some of our party giving up on the device. Language was not a problem.
Although the neighborhood had been disparaged by our travel agent, we loved the old town. It feels very Istanbul & plenty colorful. It was within walking distance of all of the attractions we visited except Asiatic Istanbul & a night club show, both of which were parts of our tour. There were lots of small shops for sundries & snacks, & many lower cost restaurants. The streets are narrow & organically laid out, about the same as old towns in Italy. We felt totally safe & although there were many shuttered buildings, the area was vibrant and not blighted.
My guess is that this hotel is heavily booked by tour companies because of its low cost, good location (near sights), & adequate everything else. When we checked availability, there were no rooms in the Sept 2011 time frame but our tour booked us in immediately. The tour company must reserve large blocks of time. If you get a chance to book the room yourself, it is a good choice if you don't plan to stay in your room much & are willing to go out for breakfast occasionally.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Q inn Hotel OLD CITY is a quaint and cosy hotel nestled in the historic heart of Istanbul offers totally renovated rooms and an array of personalised services, delivering the utmost comfort during your stay. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- q-Inn Hotel, Old City (Sirkeci) Hotel Istanbul