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.
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... let alone a big one like this! When we got there we realised Mo was supposed to be wearing long pants but he was in shorts, so we turned back to get changed. But when we got back, the mosque was just closing! We were able to walk around outside for a bit though and enjoyed the views of it. Unfortunately the photos haven't come out too well though :-(. This morning we returned to the mosque and inside was more magnificent than the outside. There were so ...
... of Istanbul with her and trying to show her a few nooks and crannies not in the guidebooks. That same week, we bid a sad and sudden farewell to our bud Maggie, an Istanbul fixture without whom the city is "dimmer" -- fingers crossed she'll be back for a visit soon!
Fortunately, there were a number of other events, like birthdays and expat productions, to tide us over and occupy our itchy feet until our ...
Off to another late start as we got into another conversation with a Canadian couple. Decided to walk to the Grand Bazaar via the Basilica Cistern. The cistern was very interesting, it is underground and measues 138 x 64.6 metres and has 336 columns some of which were recycled from other buildings which is the reason for the variety of column designs that you see. It provided a water filtration system and water to the Great Palace of Constantinople and later to Topkapi Palace. ...
... in such a unique culture that I couldn't help but feel slightly overwhelmed. I was here, I had made it to this peak, all on the strength of my own deeds. Not only did I bike up the mountain, but I got myself to Istanbul in the first place, I negotiated its winding alleyways and different language, I planned the entire trip I was about to embark on with only a little help from a couple key friends, I paid for the entire trip by working over the past four years - this was a moment for me, ...
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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.
A bit far from the sights
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.
There is more good news, though. The Turkish bath here is wonderful. The jacuzzi is rather small but ok. But the pool in February should have been heated more. I couldn't get in. Would you believe they require all bathers, men and women, to wear a swimming cap. And they charge you 10 euros for it!!!!
The real issue that detracts from the overall experience of this hotel is that it does not fulfill the promises it makes in its website. The internet site says the club rooms have 24 hour access to the gym. Not true. They kicked us out at 10 p.m. The receptionist was surprised to see the website promised 24-hour access. The web site also promised free Wi-Fi for club rooms. They tried to charge us but removed it from the bill after I complained. And the web site promised coffee and tea setup in the room. This appeared on the last night, after I called the reception to ask about all of the broken promises.
I was most upset because the web site leads you to believe breakfast comes with the room. It didn't for us. This is a tricky thing and as much the fault of the hotel and of Expedia for not making this clear to its clients.
One other note of caution, the prices for a room in this hotel varied tremendously. Our best deal came through Expedia, but going directly through the hotel would have cost us at least $100 more per night.
Other web sites would have charged more than $400 a night for what is essentially a $200 a night room. And these were weekend rates. A Wednesday night stay cost almost $500 per night!
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.