This is a small and cosy hotel ... not "great" or "best ever" as other reviewers said, but nice, specially in relation to its price. We opted for a hotel in the old town , to be within strolling distance from lots of Ottoman sites. On a previous visit to Istanbul, I stayed at the Hilton in the modern part of the city ... obviously convenient for business and shopping, but lacks Istanbul charm.
The hotel is divided over two buildings, with a small multi level garden in between, with lots of stairs to climb. It has a simple restaurant, where we only had breakfast .... very good buffet. The hotel has a small lounge, where coffee, tea, soft drinks, fruits and nuts are constantly on offer (complimentary)... which is actually a very nice touch.
The hotel is in a tiny uphill street , but a 10 minute walk to the Blue Mosque, Aya Sofyia and not far from Top Kapi palace. Three major visitor destinations. It is nice to be able to go there or walk around in various times, without it being a trip with a limited time. You get a better feel for the place that way. We (my mother, wife and kids) were there in November, so the weather was nice during the day, a bit chilly in the evening.
Rooms are comfortable and very clean.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Rose Garden Suites have only 15 luxury rooms with a unique design of Turkish architecture. The hotel is located just a few steps from the world wide famous Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace and Grand Covered Bazaar. The hotel gets its name because of the roses in the garden. There is a wide range of roses that have been collected from all around Turkey. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Rose Garden Suites Istanbul Hotel Istanbul