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I had thought about planning a 4 day stay over in Istanbul instead of beach time in Zanzibar but after the change fees from Turkish for 1 flight, 1 little flight were going to be $3,200 we decided against it. It looks and reads to be a fascinating city and one that perhaps getting stuck in on the way home would be acceptable for a 24 hr period but not on the start of my safari so fingers crosses I had hoped ...
... Prayer time over we covered heads, removed shoes and entered the mosque. It is one of only 2 mosques which have 6 minarets (the other is in Mecca) which makes it special. Also of course the 21,000 blue tiles decorating the inside are fantastic. It was very peaceful inside despite the crowds. We had a walk around and stood admiring the dome and the beautiful windows before making our way out.
This mosque was built by Sultan Ahmet I during 1609-1616 ...
... for some information. We knew the palace would open at some point, because the military had allowed us to enter the palace grounds. We just didn't know when. Finally, at 10 a.m., the ticket office opened; it opened an hour late due to the elections, but no one had bothered to post any signs or otherwise notify visitors of this fact. The hour-plus wait was entirely worth it, though, as Topkapi Palace is incredible. I love my castles and palaces, and this one is ...
... regarding problems with the Pajero ...we also found out from Tiana via viber this morning that Gemma was born .Sonja and Peter have a daughter a d Ben and Achie a baby sister ..fantastic. News. Well going to the battle sites was very informative and emotional ..so many lost lives on our side and the Turkish side .....tonight we fine dinned at McDonald's after walking around canakkale looking at a park which had old mines cannons ...
... cared for with flowers planted and in vases and a secured site. At the out gate we had a quick and quite good cappuchino. From there we went up to the village of Sirince which is now a protected site and no one is allowed to change the external appearance. It was for a long time an escape for Greeks and they built a church which we visited but when they were exchanged in the 1920s they were replaced by Turks. it is a very quant village. it was still raining so we went down to Selcuk ...
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- Shuttle bus service
- Continental Breakfast
- Room service
- Free High-Speed Internet
Historical Traveler Reviews Seven Hills Hotel Istanbul
Very pleased with Seven Hills
We moved to the Seven Hills after a disappointing experience at another hotel in the neighborhood. We could not have been more delighted with Seven Hills! The room we were given was quiet, spacious and immaculately clean, important since we were traveling with two young children. The views from the rooftop restaurant were beyond incredible. Most of all, we were impressed by the staff -- so very friendly and helpful at every turn. Also a very safe and comfortable ride back to the airport. We highly recommend Seven Hills and will stay there again when we return to Istanbul.
A dream of a hotel! To-die-for 360-degree views of the Blue Mosque, the Bosphorus and the Aya Sofia from the glorious rooftop restaurant; perfect location right across the street from the Four Seasons and all the sites in the Old City; tasteful room w/ balconies and river breezes; generous and delicious breakfast included in the room price; wonderfully helpful manager, Bulent, who, amazingly, agreed to help us haggle in the Bazaar; adorable, friendly, dedicated staff.
Service like it was the Four Seasons!!
We read the write up "Hard sell at Seven Hills" and were very concerned about our resevation. So, I contacted manager Bulent Sayan to re confirmed our reservation for the corner suite with the view of the Aya Sofia and balcony. He assured us we would get the room we had booked. So, when we arrived we had been upgraded to the their Presidential Suite, at no charge. I think he felt bad for us due our major flight delays and lost luggage. In fact, with out us asking he tracked down our luggage. He offered to take us back to the airport the night before we left if it did not arrive before his shift was over. But, at 11:45pm Bulent brought our siutcases to our room. We were very grateful to have his help.
We have only great things to say about the hotel and services provided to us. We felt very safe and the hotel is very well located.
The night of our arrival we had cocktails on the rooftop terrace and heard the call to prayer it was everything I had hoped for. And we were going to book the Four Seasons at twice the price. One more thing they have chicken kebabs you just have to ask them it is not on the menu.
I wouldnt stay anywhere else!
I truly loved the Seven Hills Hotel. Not only is this small hotel in the best area of Sultanhamet in Istanbul but it is perfectly located near many sites; it is a block and a half from the Blue Mosque and the Hagia Sofia. It has the best rooftop terrace view compared to all the other hotels in the area (the highest hotel view)... The terrace is absolutely gorgeous, with a 360 degree view of the city, the mosques and the Marmarra Sea/Bosphorous River. I cant tell you enough how incredibly romantic being there was... Balmy evenings when the sun is setting, great wine from an extensive wine list, the cry of seagulls overhead - it was so lovely to experience such an enchanting atmosphere... You cant go wrong at this place: I had no problems at all.
The rooms were charming & pretty, very clean and decorated well. Breakfasts were great - and as a nice added touch compared to other hotels, they also serve omelettes in addition to the buffet. The staff was accomodating. The restaurant - known as the Seven Hills Restaurant (also called Bella Vista) is an excellent seafood resturant that catered to any of my requests. (FYI-Just a short block away sits Cafe Mesale, a beautiful sunken cafe steps from the Blue Mosque with live music, whirling dervishes and excellent inexpensive Turkish food - its also an incredibly romantic setting, I spent a little time there each day.) If this is the area you are looking to be in I wouldnt pass it up.... For a small hotel "Istanbul style", this is the place you should be.
Wonderful location for walking in the ancient district. Nice local restaurants for evening meals. Very clean hotel, although the mattresses are as hard as the floors! The food in the restaurant was nothing special and very overpriced, and don't order bar drinks there unless you don't mind paying about $15 a drink. The breakfast was adequate and the staff did not even mention once to us to use their affiliated stores or tours. Get a room with a balcony, you'll enjoy the views.
We loved it!
Six of us, using three rooms, spent two nights at this hotel. We occupied a deluxe suite, the presidential suite and a triple room. We were all very pleased with the size and comfort of the rooms. The location was perfect for us. The staff was very attentive and pleasant, especially Bulent Sayan, the manager. The manager arranged transportation from the airport and to the port, where we departed on a cruise. He also suggested a travel agency, which was located in the next block, for an all day tour. We were pleased with the travel agency manager, the tour guide and the price. The rooftop is an excellent place for views and drinks; however, we gave it mixed reviews for dinner. Three of us were not impressed with our meals, but the service was good. We all agreed that if we return to Istanbul, and we hope we do, we will definitely stay there agin.
Hard Sell at Seven Hills
While the hotel has an ideal location and good views from the rooftop restaurant, our stay there was extremely unpleasant. When we arrived, the manager told us that the room with the view of the Haghia Sophia that we had reserved was flooded and uninhabitable. He put us up in another, smaller and much more undersirable room. Later, we found out that the room was occupied by other guests; the next morning (which happened to be the manager's day off) we were told that we would have to wait for the other guests to check out before we could move into that room.
From the moment we checked in, the manager began to pester us to spend money on one product or the other (tours, carpets, etc.) that was being sold by the hotel. This made entering and exiting the hotel very stressful.
Because of this,we will never go back to this hotel again, even though we liked the room that we had reserved.
A Jewel in Istanbul
Just returning from Istanbul, I must admit this Hotel is a real Jewel for the price. The staff is extremely attentive, the rooms are nicely appointed and the location is quiet. We had a wonderful view from our room of the city and the sea. We are both extremely particular about Hotels. The travel agency next to them is a dream, as they pick you up at the airport and will arrange everything from tours to carpet buying, with honest dealers. If you stay here, you will not be disappointed.
Very Nice Hotel
Just got back from Istanbul where we stayed at the Seven Hills Hotel. The hotel has an ideal location between the Haghia Sofia & Blue Mosque, right next door to the Four Seasons. The rooftop restaurant has the absolute BEST view of the Bosphorous and must be seen. The staff was excellent. A small hotel with limited services, but everything they do is done well. The General Manager was very helpful and they are very proactive to your needs. I travel a lot and usually can find some glaring shortcomings in hotels (I've worked in Hotels for 20 years). The Seven Hills isn't perfect, but given the price you pay and what you get, it is sure thing.
Great small hotel
Excellent small hotel, with friendly and helpful staff. The roof-top restaurant alone is well worth a visit; amazing views, good food and good service. Indeed, it attracts many people from the Four Seasons Hotel accross the road.
The location is good, being in the heart of Sultanahemt, near to the Aya Sofya.
The room was of a good standard but marred by a dirty sheet. Following discussion this was put right.