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 …
... was one crazy part where on a super steep hill the traffic simply halted and there was no way for me to pass, so for the next 30mins I sat and waited. During that time I prayed that the Ambulance 3 cars in front of me, which was also stuck, would switch it’s sirens off given that it was clear he was not going anywhere either. Unfortunately, my prayers weren’t answered so I sat there being serenaded by the high pitch wail and wondered how the poor blighter in the ...
... the shuttle collected us for the nightbus. We certainly had our share of xmas anxiety, being barely informed what to expect on that journey - no bathrooms on board, cramped leg room, transfers to other busses (one shuttle bus in the early morning didn't even have enough seats for us). We also didn't know what time would we arrive or whether we would have a chance to freshen up before our day tour started. What a way to end Christmas!
... earthy and fragrant, the bight pinks of the Turkish Delight, the green pistachios, chillies hanging from the roof, and all the time shouts from the cheeky vendors, as we passed one man he cried out hello, let me I take your money! The most honest and refreshing catch phrase I’ve heard yet. We got nuts, the most luxurious dates I’ve every tasted, a strange nutty fruit strap, that we accidentally got about half a kilo of, Turkish delight(well that was always going ...
We began the day at the Blue Mosque, built in the early 1600's by Sultan Ahmet I who wanted to wow every one who came to town. It still does. Called blue for the azulejos tile of many designs that cover the interior. Less than 500 yards away is emperor Justinian's Sixth century show-stopper, the Hagia Sophia, built on a Christian theme. Next we went to Underground cisterns built by Justinian to store lots of ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsBarcelo Eresin Topkapi Istanbul
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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Historical Traveler Reviews Barcelo Eresin Topkapi Istanbul
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.