Aquarium Hotel Istanbul
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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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... were In Turkish though, so I might have lost something in translating their waving arms into English. I took a single photo and was accosted by a dozen young men all wanting to be my best friend, or sell me a selfie-stick, or show me the best shops to buy anything in the bazaar, or take me for a cup of tea and a friendly talk to their uncle's rug shop. "Hells bells" I thought, I haven't even got into the place and it has already started. So I said "No, NO, NNOO" to them and ...
... unknown people, I didn't really consider it a very bad thing. Then last night I came back, and saw a padlock on another locker, and I knew someone had taken one of the other beds. I don't want to say I was nervous, but I had no idea how that experience was going to work out. The other person didn't turn up by the time I went to bed at 11 pm. Then 11:30, I had just dropped off to sleep, and the light turns on and someone says "Hi Roomie" and introduces themselves. Groggy, ...
... ceiling)." How can you not stand in awe of a God or a Government that can accomplish such a feat?
But 1453 saw the Christian era of Constaninople come to an end. Sultan Mehmed led the Ottoman forces to capture the city. One of the first acts was to change Hagia Sophia into a mosque, and to erect minarets to flank the structure. Along with the minarets, the Christian mosaics were plastered over to appease the Muslim practice of not depicting persons in a mosque. ...
... the Bosphoros (that is a view I will never, ever get tired of), and spent the rest of the day strolling through Topkapi Palace (the Ottoman sultan's lavish residence) and the area of the ancient Hippodrome (horse-racing circuit), used at least since the Byzantine period). Over the next couple of days we got to do a lot of things that I've been wanting to do in Istanbul but haven't ever had the time for: a full-day Bosphoros cruise, which included hiking up to a ...
... cup of coffee but sitting on the terrace with a cool breeze whilst reading my book was bliss. It felt like I was back in Asia which I've been missing. Europe is great in terms of having the comforts of home e.g. comfortable beds, clean rooms, power sockets that work and 'normal' food, but it doesn't compare to the sleepy rooftop terraces and dirt roads of Asia.
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