Travel Blogs from Istanbul
... chips, gherkins, roasted peppers, tomato and some yoghurt, before being pressed on a panini grill. It was edible, but it was hardly the knock-out kebab experience that I was aiming for. I knew that there would be better to come...
The Grand Bazaar was a huge labyrinth of shops. As with the Spice Market the day before, I felt a real sense of Istanbul's place as a historic trading hub linking Europe and Asia. I'm not one for shopping, but I spent a very ...
... at the full buffet at the hotel. We took public transportation (very smelly) to the Hippodrome which is the courtyard in between Hagia Sophia and the blue mosque where they used to have carriage races and some really old ottoman and Byzantine pillars. He said one of the obelisks was 3500 years old. That's old. Then we went to the blue mosque which was amazing. We had to cover our hair when going in. The inside was incredibly ornate with geometric figures and patterns. ...
... but there were several police vans and a water cannon nearby. Many Turks were also taking the opportunity to view the symbolic heart of Istanbul. All around Istanbul and around Turkey, we have seen cats. Cats are absolutely everywhere: in restaurants, lying in streets, walking along footpaths, at tourist sites, in the grounds of mosques, etc. We see tourists taking photos of them and cats appear on many of the "jingle jangles" that symbolise Turkey. Our feet ...
... built in 537 until 1453, it served as an Eastern Orthodox cathedral. The building became a mosque in 1453 when the Ottoman Turks took over Constantinople (now Istanbul). It was then secularized (smart idea given the religious history and sensitivity) and opened as a museum in 1935. It’s famous in particular for its massive dome, and it is considered the epitome of Byzantine architecture. It still holds many Christian ...
... everywhere to all the sights of Istanbul and finally there are other tourists to push around in queues.
The hotel is very cosy. It is a 4 storey apartment with only 3 rooms on each floor. The ground floor doubles as the reception area and dining room and a spiral staircase leads to the other floors. The surrounding streets are narrow and lined with cobblestones amongst steep hills. ...
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- Continental Breakfast
- Shuttle bus service
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Room service
Historical Traveler Reviews Erguvan Hotel Istanbul
Bloody Brilliant Hotel!!
My boyfriend and I stayed here earlier on this year and we loved it! The rooms were clean, fresh and cosy and the roof terrace....what can i say? Sitting up there with wine, food and blankets wrapped round us and the Blue Mosque as a backdrop was most definatley my idea of relaxation. The location couldnt have been more perfect, within walking distance of everything we wanted to see...the Palace, Grand Bazaar, Haigia Sophia, perfect. The staff also were incredibly friendly and had great fun laughing at our attempts to speak Turkish! We really felt wecome and it really felt like a family there. We're already planning out break there for nxt year, we cant wait to get back!
I just returned last week from Istanbul. Stayed at Erguvan for the whole 5 days. This hotel is nicely located, just a short walk to the touristy places. Whats good is that its not near enough to be noisy and busy. Taxis might have trouble finding this place (intentionally or otherwise :)) but just show the hotel business card (it has a small map on it) and it'll solve that problem.
Thoroughly Recommended - We stayed at the Erguvan in June 2005 and were more than satisfied with this charming small hotel which is in an excellent location near to the Blue Mosque and all other main sight seeing areas of wonderful Istanbul. The Hotel was exremely clean and very well appointed. Try and reserve a room on the higher floors where you can get wonderful views of the Sea of Marmaret. The hotel staff were extremely polite and very helpful. The breakfast was plentiful and made all the better by having it served on the roof top terrace which again had marvellous views of both the sea and the blue mosque. We would have no hesitation in returning to the Erguvan, we had a very enjoyable stay at a very reasonable price... book it NOW!
We stayed in this hotel for 4 days in June 2005 after having read the recommendations on Trip Advisor. The hotel is clean, the rooms are spacious. Breakfast is served on a terrace from which you can see the Blue Mosque. You can also dine on the terrace or have drinks.
We had a fabulous time
we had a fabulous time in istanbul and really enjoyed our stay at he erguvan hotel.The staff was fantastic and went out of their way for us.we thank them.
Sweet hotel for a good value
This Hotel is very clean, the staff is friendly, and the room comfortable. The hotel is close to tourist sites but you will have to walk up a steep hill to get to the local restaurants and the tram.
The Erguvan is great. We stayed there in May 2004 and were extremely impressed. The staff were more than helpful and went out of their way to provide extra assistance with onward bookings, bus advice and assistance, luggage storage. The room was good; lots of atmosphere, very comfortable and scrupulously cleaned every day. The location is marvellous; everything at your disposal in short walk; very atmospheric and the view from the breakfast room is gorgeous. Book it and enjoy!
We stayed at the Erguvan hotel for three nights in October, 2004. The hotel is in an old building, but is clean and new. It has a great location. The rooms were large, and simple, but well decorated. The bathrooms were beautifully tiled. The hotel was spotlessly clean. The breakfest room overlooks the Golden Horn on one side, and the Blue Mosque on the other side. As much as I can rave about the hotel and rooms, the service and staff was even better. One night we choose to stay in and have wine in the rooftop lounge. We got hungry and asked the staff if they could provide us with snacks. Although this is not a service they nornally provide, they not only gave us snacks, but fed us like kings. The staff took the time to teach us some Turkish words, and were helpful in suggesting restaurants (try the Doy Doy restaurant) I just can't say enough good about this place. Our taxi driver had a hard time finding it and took us on a tour of the city on the way. He tried to charge us for this unrequested, but fun tour, but the hotel made sure that he got what the fare would have been if he had taken us there directly. Make sure you get directions to the hotel for your taxi driver.
Erguvan Hotel highly recomended
We stayed at the Erguvan Hotel 8-15 Sep 04. We did not see any Hype in the write ups about the hotel. Good location - about 3-4 blocks from heart of major sights. Staff and service was excelent. The Manager repaired a broken luggage handle for us upon arrival. They arranged all excursions that we wanted. They provided good restaurant recomendations when requested. The room size was adequate, bright and cherry, everything was very clean. Breakfast on their roof top terrace overlooked the Miramar Sea and had a good view of the Blue Mosque. We would use them again and would highly recommed them.
Thank you letting us stay at your hotel. The service and staff excellent and very friendly. I hope to come again in the future