BEST WESTERN Senator Hotel
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We landed at Istanbul on a bright, sunny September morning. The airport is nice with good staff. There are several car rental agencies inside offering shuttle bus service to different hotels. We had pre-booked a room in Hotel Best Western Senator in Shahzadebaazi area. The best deal we got for the transfer was 15 euros per pax (We were two so they …
... looked like a storm chaser truck crossed with a hummer on steroids. It stopped and little police soldiers filed out of it wearing special ops gear, machine guns and holding plastic shields forming rows. Our guts said get the hell out of here, so we moved to an alcove to watch the riots unfold. We waited for something epic to happen, but noticed not one other person seemed remotely concerned, so we left … to find a small gathering of women sitting peacefully with ...
... shops and then it was time to head for the airport and what a nightmare of a ride that was! The driver drove at speed, whizzing from one side of the road to the other, while trying to impress a young Frenchman who was sitting in the front seat. The radio was blaring, air conditioning was on full blast and windows were wound down, yet we are here to tell the story and we'll be home on Monday ...
... s sitting next to me on a long-distance bus ride as I type). Instead of calling them immediately on my arrival I decided to surprise them by turning up at their guesthouse unannounced! This meant being crammed on a tram for around forty minutes and wandering around exotic looking cobble-stoned alleys, but thanks to various helpful Turks on the street who volunteered to help, before long I'd found the guesthouse. I adjusted my backpack, messed up my hair so I'd look ...
... are sold. Also many things like candies and Turkish delights are also sold here. Another one of my favorites. Along the way, however, I crossed the New Mosque. It was during midday prayer and there were prayers blaring over loud speakers all over the city. I decided to get a glimpse of the mosque and see what the prayer service would be like (video attached). After leaving the New Mosque and going through the Egyptian ...
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- Continental Breakfast
- Room service
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Business Services