Aquarium Hotel Istanbul
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... be the first time I was completely on my own in a country I didn't speak the language. And even thought I know Spanish, it doesn't help a whole lot with Italian.
I walked to the post office staying on busy streets since the town wasn't exactly the most stellar place to be. We think the only reason it was there was because it was cheaper than staying in Venice. Once I got to the post office, I saw how packed it was. I went in through the ...
... tl (Turkish Lira) or 5 USD. they were very welcoming. we then moved on to the basilica cistern. this where the water was stored for all of the empire. it was once filled all the way to the top now it is like about the same height as river. there are fish and you can make wish. my group and I also took a picture dressed up as sultanas and sultans. very funny time. also inside of the basilica was a medusa head from the Greek empire. but when this was rebuilt it was flipped upside ...
... shaped Spoonmaker Diamond known as Kasikci. I don't know how many K's we walked at the Palace but by the time we got home I was stuffed.Monday morning we caught the tram to Sultanahmet where the Blue Mosque stands. It was built in 1609-17 upon the order of Sultan Ahmed I, who ascended the throne at the age of 14 as the 14th Sultan of the Ottomans. As we arrived at the mosque they were calling for prayer so we couldn't enter. It was pointed out ...
... by a couple of my bosses, but the others weren’t hungry yet so we took a taxi back to our hotel and had a late dinner at the “Pierre Loti Rooftop Restaurant” which was in the same block. We watched the lights change colour on a nearby bridge, and once again we were bombarded with the Call of Prayer coming at us from all sides. If only they could synch it! Dinner was a chicken wrap and calamari. Fish is BIG ...
... the plan that didn't need visas so the line was extremely small and I was able to pay by card no problems. I was extremely disappointed in myself when I remembered that I did actually pack the money in my carry on bag and that I had had it the whole time!!! :( Anyway once I arrived at the hotel there were a few people waiting separately in the lobby but once we recognised each others Aussie accents that was the cue to introduce ourselves. Slowly more and more people trekked ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsAquarium Hotel Istanbul
This family owned hotel is situated in a side street in Sultanahmet near the "Gülhane" Tram Station and in walking distance to Ayasofia, the blue mosque and Topkapi Palace.
The staff was really friendly, and "Babba" speaks fluently German.
The room was small but tiedy with a private bath. Unfortunatly one could hear all the noise from downstairs through the staircase - but considering the fact I always was tired, when beeing in my room it didn't keep me from sleeping well at all.
The turkish breakfast served on top of the building was very basic but good and adequate.
There is an internet cafe (in the basement of a souvenir shop) up the street from the Hotel which I thought was too expensive.
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