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... afternoon to do their shopping. Among the cacophony of venders calling out their wares and handing out free samples to entice passers by, we nudge our way, cheek to jowl among a sea of humanity. Going in one direction is slow but manageable. The real challenge presents itself when we try to cut across to a side alley in the main market passage. After a large number of starts and stops, nudging and a few well placed elbows, we make it to the relative serenity of a side alley. At ...
... young turkish men trying to earn a coin by doing their best dancing moves dressed as construction workers (wearing high visible vests and garbage bags) using REAL tools such as a chain saw (which was turned on and reved up) a power drill, saw saw. It was quite hilarious, but at the same time thinking how does someone not getting get hurt with that chain saw! Haha The next day we headed to the "real turkish mud baths" where thousands attended and were muddied up in ...
... they're on, really wish for the continuation a government independent of religious influence.
This older man was the very first person I've met (but not the last) that actually was on the side of the protesters. His viewpoint helped clear up some holes in the story of the protests. My next entry will be about my thoughts on that subject. But, as a quick note to all of those that are still worried, I believe all the violence is passed for now.
Had a long drive today for 8 hours. Then finding way to the hotel in a city that inhabits more than 13 million people with its traffic was quite a challenge. We're staying in Istanbul tomorrow as well before we make our way to Ankara on Saturday. Its a moon lit night and the city looks absolutely beautiful. I have decided to share more stories tomorrow as its been a long day and we're starting off tomorrow early morning to ...
... was looking up for us!
However, the positive, happy-times vibe started to wane as the days ticked by without hearing anything from HR. It turned out we just needed to be patient: a little over a week after I went in for the demo/interview, I received an offer. Eight days after that, Konrad received his offer -- hurrah! We immediately got to work on the documents for the work permit and asked HR for some guidance when it came to the FBI check they ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Askoc Hotel Istanbul
La habitación estaba muy limpia, no era muy grande pero hay que pedir a partir del 5º piso para que tenga vistas al Bósforo. Eran 2 camas juntas.
Sólo existe buffet para el desayuno, la cena es según el menú y no merece la pena coger media pensión porque comer y cenar fuera del hotel es muy barato (5-10 euros por persona) y puedes elegir lo que quieres comer.
La situación del Hotel es adecuada para realizar las visitas de la parte antigüa de la ciudad, se puede ir andando. Para la parte nueva mejor coger el tranvía que sólo tiene 1 línea y cuesta 0,65 euros y tiene parada muy cerca del Hotel.
The hotel is in a great location if you're interested in seeing most of the city's attractions and you're traveling to Istanbul via rail from the West. However, if you fly into the city (as I did), make SURE your cab driver speaks decent English. My driver meant well but had the hardest time actually finding the hotel given our language barrier. While the surrounding area isn't much to look at (including a muddy front-street road), the interior of the hotel is adequate and the views from its upper floors are fantastic. Make sure you request to stay on the side facing the water up a few flights and you will be rewarded with some amazing sun-rises and water traffic. The hotel staff is attentive and helpful. I would encourage traveling in groups outside the hotel at night in the area, only because the streets are poorly lit and there's a great deal of pedestrian traffic/ trolley car traffic.
My friends and I stayed at Askoc in July 2005, and it was a pleasant stay. The hotel is extremely clean, and has nice decor - but make sure you ask for a room on the 5th or 6th floor, with a balcony - the views of the bosphorus are what makes this hotel so great.
Nur ein Wort...Wanzen
Nur zur Information, dass oben genannte, wunderschöne Hotel ist zur Renovierung komplett geschlossen. Als wir es uns ansehen wollten, konnten wir keinerlei Arbeiten feststellen und es sah auch nicht danach aus, als ob es dort in Naher Zukunft welche geben würde. Wir wurden leider total von Wanzen zerstochen, die wir dann leider auch mit nach Hause genommen hatten. Wir mussten den Kammerjäger kommen lassen, der uns auch nicht garantieren konnte, dass wir sie für immer los sind. Das Hotel stritt alles ab, entschuldigte sich aber trotzdem bei uns und bot uns zwei kostenlose Übernachtungen an. Natürlich werde ich aus bekannten Gründen darauf verzichten. Versuchen Sie dieses Hotel zu umgehen.
Wurden wie Könige behandelt
Wir hatten eine tolle Zeit in Istanbul, hauptsächlich dank der tollen Angestellten in diesem günstigen Hotel. Vom Moment unserer Ankunft an wurden wir sehr freundlich aufgenommen, was den gesamten Aufenthalt anhielt. Einen Morgen fragten wir den Rezeptionisten nach der nächsten Post und er übernahm meine Briefe ganz einfach und ich musste gar nichts mehr tun!! Es war einfach unglaublich. Tolles Frühstück (probieren Sie mal den Honig und den Yoghurt) und die Zimmer waren wirklich sauber. Fragen Sie nach einem Zimmer im 5 oder 6 Stock, da man von dort einen tollen Ausblick auf den Fluss hat.
2 Words...Bed Bugs
For the record the beautiful hotel terrace they advertise is closed for renovation and when we went to have a look it certainly didn't look like any work was going to commence any time soon.
We had the unfortunate experience of being bitten terribly by bedbugs and the double misfortune of bringing them home which now means the house needs to be fumigated with no guarantee that it will get rid of them. The hotel denied it but still apologised and offered me 2 free nights accommodation. I will not be taking them up on their offer for obvious reasons.
Avoid like the plague.
Treated Like a King
We had a wonderful visit in Istanbul largely because of the kindness of the staff at this affordable hotel. From the moment we arrived, we were greeted with hospitality that continued throughout our trip. One morning we asked where the post office was and the man at the reception told me that he would take my letters and mail them for me!! It was unbelievable. Great breakfast (try the honey and yogurt) and really clean rooms. Make sure that you ask for a room on the 5th or 6th floor with views of the river.
Good hotel with clean rooms, nice bathrooms, good service, decent breakfast, and a view of the Bosphorus (be sure to ask for a room on the 4th floor or above, lower floors have a blocked view).
The suite was elegant with mahogany furniture and a dazzling sea view. This hotel has five star service and amenities! Best of many hotels I have stayed in in Istanbul!
My wife and I stayed at this hotel mid March 2005 for 4 nights. Having done reasonable research into its location, quality and standards prior to booking it, we were very disappointed to find this hotel unlike anything its website had made it out to be. For a start its location is next to a train station on a very poorly lit dirt road, with no other shops, hotels or public places surrounding it. It only has car workshops and other derelict buildings. The main street is about 5 mins walk away however walking back in the evenings in the dark in such surroundings is not a good idea!