Aquarium Hotel Istanbul
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... there was a tour boat leaving about 20 minutes from when I got there so I hopped on. It was a short cruise (two hours) but it only cost 10 lira (£3), so I went for it. It was really nice. There was no guide explaining what we were seeing. It was simply a big ferry boat that went up one side of the river, and came back on the other side. But it was a nice way to spend a couple hours in the sun.
I walked ...
... We saw a huge store under construction with it windows covered. The Mall information booth confirmed that is the Apple store and it is expected to be ready in early April. We we'll go there when we come back again to Istanbul in month or so.
This city of 14 million people is very spread out. New neighborhoods with stylish apartment buildings and shopping areas and new mosques are popping up between more weathered ...
We tried to return to the hotel through the Old section via the Aquaduct but again we didn’t find it and the map was not detailed enough to find out exactly where we were. However we had to be back at the hotel for our taxi to the Regent Seven Seas Voyager ship.
The taxi was early which was fine as this meant that when we arrived at the ...
... 8220;marble doors” on the upper floor, the horizontal pieces of the cross were removed, but the holes that held the piece and the shadow, after being in place for 1000 years, remains. Also, a mahrib was added, but, as the church faces east, instead of Mecca, it is slightly off center. Finally, seraphim are painted on the ceiling, as faces in the center of wings. Even though angels are part of Islam, they cannot be depicted, so plaster stars were used to cover the faces. ...
... heavens was a skyline dominated by domes and minarets on the rises - each stretching desperately towards heaven and crying out five times a day, all slightly out of sync with their neighbors, for people to join them on said voyage with an urgency suggesting that "too late" is a looming plausibility- and stately ottoman buildings of state mingling anachronistically with fish-markets in the dips.
My hostel occupied the hill of a landmark tower called Galata, which didn't ...
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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.
This review is the subjective opinion of a TravelPod member and not of TravelPod.com.