We have been staying at the Hali Hotel for over 16 years (probaby more than 60 separate stays). It's location is one of the best in the city, overlooking the Hagia Sophia and Blue Mosque, with the Bosphorus as a backdrop. It's a short walk to the tramway - which connects to the rest of this vast metropolis. It's close to dozens of cafes and restaurants and is a perfect base for exploring the historic center.
It offers secure, clean rooms with modest facilities. The rooms at the front have a fabulous view, but are smaller. The rooms at the back are more spacious but with no view. We have always had clear communication and agreed expectations before making a final booking.
The manager is an extremely helpful and polite guy who speaks excellent English. He personally handles the bookings sent to the email address on the hotel website. He has always tried to fulfil wishes as far as he is able.
The beds are on the hard rather than the soft side. The lift is small - but this adds to its post Ottoman charm! There are no tea or coffee facilities in the rooms, but there is a fridge - and Starbucks is only 50 metres away! The roof terrace is a great place to have your breakfast, or sunbathe. The breakfasts are simple but very tasty. The dining room often feels very cosmopolitan with groups of both Turkish and foreign visitors.
The staff are not intrusive and have always given every impression of being willing to help if they can.
This is not a luxury 5 star hotel to indulge yourself in. But if you treat it as a perfect base from which to explore the city, you will not be disappointed. And coming back after a long day, it feels like 'home'!
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- Also Known As:
- Hali Hotel Istanbul