Travel Blogs from Istanbul
Hello, lovely people! My apologies for getting behind on posts. It's been a whirlwind! We're now in our second week of school and classes are pretty tough. I'll give you a rundown of a typical day at school before I move on to our excursions. Bogazici University (to any Turkish friends, I know I'm spelling it wrong) is divided into a few campuses. The campus on which I have class is a 15-20 minute walk from my dorm and down ...
... silently protesting against violence toward women. Talk about overreacting!
By day we explored, on foot, much to the dissatisfaction of our already sore feet. We crossed the main bridge to ‘the other side’, passing a human barrier of fishermen. These guys were experts. Every spare inch was filled with a rod, a seat, a water bucket, a chopping board and a curtain of lines dropping into the water below. While it stunk like a fish market left unclean for ...
... stumbled upon the spice market where you could buy any spice, olive, cheese, meat product imagined. Fantastic smells and sights. The next day we planned a busy tourist sightseeing day. After our free roof top breakfast we headed out to our first stop which was a 30min walk up to the area which holds Hagia Sophia, blue mosque and the Basilica cistern. We walked into the blue mosque courtyard where we were faced with a huge line in the sun. Committed, we decided to line up. ...
... known as the "Sunken Palace", it is a gigantic underground cistern with 336 columns. The bricks around the cistern are 4.8m think and water tight and therefore holds fresh water at the bottom that was used as water storage. The second day managed to find a pub and watch the All Blacks game - great result. We walked the city, going through the park, Grand Bazar, crossing the bridge to the other ...
Last day and Henry's birthday so he is having a day off! I set off on my own in the morning on another mission to go to stand no. 55 in the Spice Market where I hope to stock up with some Sumak, Olive Soil Spice, Turkish Delight and other exotica! Soon I have a very heavy plastic bag full of goodies in exchange for more cash! Once back at the flat we make a plan for my final afternoon. ...
How has this hotel rated in the past?
- Continental Breakfast
- Shuttle bus service
- Room service
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Wheelchair accessibility
Historical Traveler Reviews Daphne Hotel Istanbul
Intimate, friendly boutique hotel with great location
Daphne is a very clean, comfortable, and friendly hotel with a great location. Walking distance to major sites in the old city. Great view of the Bosphorous from the rooftop. The staff was very accomodating and helpful, and we felt very comfortable.
When we return to Istanbul we would return to the Daphne. Since we would return to this hotel, that says it all.
Great place to stay
We enjoyed our stay at the Hotel Daphne over the New Years holiday. The rooms were clean & looked just like the photos on the hotel website. The front desk staff & owner were beyond helpful with location attractions and directions. Breakfast was good and we enjoyed dinner one night there as well.
The hotel was in a quiet area and close walking distance to the Blue Mosque and other major attractions.
We would highly recommend this hotel for anyone traveling to Istanbul!
Overall pretty good
My wife had stayed there before and recommended the Daphne. We stayed there twice, before and after visting Capadoccia.
The room was fine, the internet connection was a bonus. We were promised a sea view but only got it on the first visit; it is worth insisting as it definitely enhances the experience.
Traffic noise was a bit of a problem on the second floor; on higher floors it is less of an issue as well as the view being better.
The best thing about the hotel is the staff who are unfailingly helpful and eager to please. I could not relate to the complaints about drinks as we ordered a bottle of wine in our room which cost almost nothing.
We booked a room with sea view in February of 2006. We arrived and went to our room...it was overlooking the garbage cans. We said this was unacceptable and we were calling the travel agent located in Istanbul. Suddenly they found two very nice rooms with sea views. The rooms were clean as well as the hotel. The first night there we had an over-priced dinner at the hotel with terrible service. It took 30 minutes to get a glass of water. We were the only customers in the restaurant. I order a bottle of white wine and asked the price . They said it was 40 euros I said that was too much. Then they said 30 euros. The wine was terrible. When we finished dinner one person noticed the cork had a different name than the name on the bottle. We felt ripped off. They probably filled it with some cheap wine. That was our experience.
Just back from the Daphne
My wife and I just got back from Istanbul and two nights at the Daphne Hotel.
Location (Very central and walked to everything)
Friendly Staff (Very helpful and spoke good English)
Price (Reasonable Room rates)
Clean (Very clean hotel)
Noise (I was in a 5th floor room and it seemed that the cleaning people were always right outside my door playing floor hockey during the day, at night it was quiet.)
Terrace Price (We had 3 glasses of wine for 35 Euros! Wow that is pricey)
All in all, we would probably stay there again, very nice people, good price, and a great location - I'll just buy a bottle of wine in a store and drink somewhere other than the terrace!
in short:NIce hotel, great location, nice staff I can reccomend to everyone, BUT do not use terrace overprized bar service!!!
My wife and I spent three nights at the Hotel Daphne(6/17-6/20) in Room 301. The room was pleasantly furnished with a very lovely view of the Sea of Marmara. Perhaps the best feature of the furnishings was the umpholstered lounge in front of the large picture window. Our room was not just a place to sleep, but a place to enjoy whether reading or just enjoying the scenery outside. The bed was quite comfortable and the airconditioning worked very well.
Hotel Daphne is Fantastic
My friend and I stayed at the Hotel Daphne in June while we attended a conference in Istanbul. We could not have asked for better service. The hotel reception was wonderful, and always willing to help us with everything from translation to recommending places to visit to calling a taxi. The rooms were much more spacious than other hotels that I have stayed at in Istanbul, and very clean. We got a great bargain for the amount of amenities we received compared to the price we paid. On top of it all, it is just a short walk away from all the great sites in Sultanahmet. I will definitely be staying here on my next trip to Turkey.
I arranged the stay via email which worked easily.
1st choice The Daphne Hotel
My husband and I highly reccommend the Daphne Hotel. Not only are the rooms lovely and spacious with fabulous views, the bathrooms first rate and the breakfasts large and varied, but the management is friendly beyond expectations. The location in Sultanamet is ideal. It was our second hotel in Istanbul and we stayed for 5 very enjoyable days.