Optimist Hotel

At Meydani No:68 Sultanahmet, Fatih, Istanbul, Turkey | B&B
Prices starting from $106.00

Travel Blogs from Istanbul

9th & 10th May: Canakkale and on to Istanbul

A travel blog entry by dave-and-freda


... had a good think about it, but the idea of walking from nine to five didn’t appeal.

We did visit the Grand Bazaar today. It’s like that carpet shop, all over again, but lots of em. We kept to the centre of the walkway and the shop owners bent double to try to make eye contact. There were more carpet shops, jewellers and china shops than you could think possible crammed into that area. Each, with their spruker nagging the tourists.

An education indeed, more ...

Istanbul, back to the future!

A travel blog entry by evirichmond


... the Old Town, which is about 22klm from Ataturk. As it was now after 6pm and was dark we opted for a taxi so that we could settle into the hotel then talk a walk. We knew that the journey should cost about Turkish Lira TL$40 so we asked the driver what would be the maximum cost if traffic was bad and he replied no more than TL$50 (Aus$25). It cost TL$38 as the traffic was so light, and we had a benchmark.


A travel blog entry by simonandtally


... was going to be murdered by snakes so he built it as snakes can't get to her in the ocean. But the story goes that the snakes eventually got in through the food parcels. So completely pointless! But still something we would never know without a local telling us! :-) we started with the huge blue mosque, set in the city and not far from the hostel, actually you could easily hear the prayer calls from the mosque at the hostel which were five times a day, amazing thing to hear, ...


A travel blog entry by shelleydarcy


... one hour. The man that built this must have had so much money because it was amazing. There was a 4.5 ton chandilier and the roof had gold decorations all over it. The second part, the Harem, wasn't as cool. This was where the ladies lived and the first part was for the Sultan and meeting people. We had to wear funny blue plastic bags on our shoes so we didn't get anything ...

A Day in Sultanahmet!

A travel blog entry by thejoaquins


Sultanahmet is the historic center of Istanbul where several tourist attractions lie, making it very easy with advance reservations, to see a lot in one day.

The call to prayer happens five times each day: before dawn, just before the sun appears, at mid-day, early evening, and late evening. Mosques close for approximately 90 minutes during prayer, so scheduling around the call to prayer is key. That said, we decided to start our day at Sultan ...

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This B&B, located in the Fatih area of Istanbul, is near Suleymaniye Mosque, Military Museum (Asker Muzesi), Sultanahmet Hamami, and Istanbul University.
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