Had a 3 night stay in Istanbul at the end of our European trip. What an amazing city, and the Barcelo is a good option for a place to stay.
The rooms are modern and comfortable, the only real downside is that there seems to be no soundproofing - our room was at the front and the noise of the traffic was quite bad - then just after 5am each morning the prayers sounded like they were being broadcast inside the room! Our friends had a room that faced the courtyard and said it was slightly better.
The location is perfect, almost directly across the road from the Grand Bazaar, which is an awesome maze of stalls and shops. The Blue Mosque and Taksmin Palace are about a 15 minute walk away (just follow the tram line!)
The staff were generally reasonably friendly, one or two were a but grumpy - at breakfast the service is almost non-existent, we stood around waiting for a table for 10 minutes+ before just deciding to seat ourselves and start eating!
The highlight of the hotel is the Hamam - while I expect there are better ones around, I have no complaints about this one. Just make sure you have the foam scrub - amazing!
Would highly recommend Istanbul, and this is a good option for a place to stay at a reasonable price.
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- Also Known As:
- Barcelo Saray Hotel Istanbul
- Barcelo Hotel Istanbul
- Barcelo Hotel Saray