Barcelo Eresin Topkapi
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Tuesday 17th September
Up early as we were meeting taxi at 9 to take us to the Budapest airport. No delays - flew to Vienna where we had a 30 minute wait for our flight to Istanbul. We did it that way as Amy our travel guru advised a flight from Budapest to Istanbul would have arrived late evening and we weren't that keen.
flight from …
We forgot to bring cash for our Visa, but we were able to pay with credit card. It was $120 for both of us. The trek through customs was no problem.
Erhan met us after we collected our bags. Bill found an ATM and withdrew some Turkish liras. Our guide was very helpful during the 20 minute ride to our hotel. He explained that traffic is …
Met up with a friend we made on the tour and decided to catch a tram to somewhere. After so many days of organisation on the tour we were all keen to do nothing pre-arranged.
So we ended up taking the tram to Taksim Square...well actually it took two trams, a bus, questions to three different locals for directions...and lots of walking but …
Busy busy day today. Even though we got the chance to sleep in and didnt leave till after 8 am we spent the whole day in the Old Town of Istanbul.
* Topkapi Palace (this is the most amazing place - their are rooms upon rooms of jewellry, weapons, clocks, libraries, books, dressing rooms, a harem...and we only got to spend …
OMG what a fablulous day. It rained most of the time and there was lots and lots of driving...but we got to see ANZAC Cove and Lone Pine Cemetary.
It was just so special and just such a moving place to visit.
I feel vey priviledged to have been able to pay my respects to these Australian and New Zealand soldiers who gave their …
How has this hotel rated in the past?
We arrived the evening of the end of a tour - restaurant. Was crazy and staff under the pump. However facilities are great - indoor pool, spa, sauna, fully equipped gym, massage, hairdresser - excellent. Room very spacious and comfortable. Reception staff very helpful.
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I'm writing this review from the hotel room actually. It's my last night here. We've been here for 6 days. First off, let me tell you that the location is not good at all. It's pretty much in the middle of nowhere, if you are here only for sightseeing, its not too far from a few sights but its very far from the centre of the town where most of the 5 stars are. The lobby area doesn't look like a 5 stars, check in was pretty smooth. We have 3 club rooms, paying the same for all 3 even though they are completly different sizes, from extremely small to rather large. Rooms are refurbished, quite modern. TVs are too small. Bathrooms way too small too. Overall, i was happy with the rooms. The worst part of the hotel was the spa/turkish bath. Such a let down, very unprofessional staff, one asking me after a massge for her tip, probably the only thing she knew in english. Besides rooms service and the reception staff, no one really speaks much english. Overall, not a very good experience but for 90 euros inclusive of breakfast and all taxes, definitely better than any other options.
Bien situado al lado del tranvía moderno que recorre la ciudad
Estuvimos 5 noches en el hotel en la planta denominada Club Premium. Es un 5 estrellas; pero, en el buffet del desayuno no tiene la suficiente variedad para un hotel con esa categoría. Por lo demás es muy tranquilo, al menos las habitaciones que dan a la zona posterior, limpio, una agradable piscina interior y un
hamman mixto. Está muy bien el que tenga en la puerta acceso al tranvía que recorre una parte importante de la ciudad y que te permite llegar en pocos minutos al Gran Bazar, La Mezquita Azul o Santa Sofía. Siempre hay un taxi del hotel para llevarte a cualquier otra zona de Estambul a precios siempre muy razonables.
The Barcelo Eresin Topkapi is a sparkling hotel with nice restaurant, enjoyable gym and health center, and inviting rooms. After spending our first night at the fantastic Yesil Ev in the shadows of the Blue mosque, we moved to the Barcelo Eresin Topkapi because our 12-year-old son wanted cable TV and a swimming pool. And the Barcelo Eresin was too expensive on a week night. We stayed Thursday-Sunday in a nice room on one of the club floors that had hardwood floors, executive-type dark wood furniture and a modern, marble bath. The room was large enough for 2 adults and a 12-year-old boy, even if the bath was rather small. (Still it was nice to have toothpaste among the many toiletries since we had forgotten ours!) The room was pleasant enough except that it got rather hot at night (these February days were unusually balmy) and there was no way to regulate the thermometer to make the room cooler. Thus, we had to open the window onto a noisy street at night. TAKE NOTE! The Barcelo Eresin Topkapi is definitely not within walking distance of any sights in Istanbul. The good news is that there is a tram line directly in front of the hotel that takes you to all of the sights. The bad news is that the tram is always packed and it's quite a few stops to the Blue Mosque or Covered Bazaar.
Loved this hotel
Fantastic hotel!! Lovely rooms--clean, spacious, and nicely appointed, down to the mouthwatering samples of Turkish Delight left on our pillows (the best I tasted in all of Turkey). Hotel is modern and stylish, with good food options. A few stops away from Sultanahmet on the metro, but not smack in the middle of Sultanahmet (we mainly cabbed it). I would recommend it highly.