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Today was jam packed full of sites. First off we went to the Blue Mosque which isn't at all blue on the outside but on the inside. It's beautifully decorated. Next stop was the Topkapi Palace. Our ticket allowed us into the second and any courtyards beyond. We got to see the exhibitions and wander round the grounds. The palace is more like a complex of buildings rather than just 1 palace. The palace grounds are huge - over 700000 m2. You have a great view of ...
... over toward the Blue Mosque after the noon prayer.
The name of the game at the Grand Bazaar is negotiate. The salesmen throughout the Bazaar were comical, persistent and honest. They knew that we knew things were overpriced and they were eager to make a deal. The bazaar is so large, it's easy to get lost among the crowds ...
... century by the empower Justinian and is the largest of Istanbul's 500 cisterns. The place could easily hold an entire football field and is supported by over 330 marble columns. At full capacity it could hold over 8 million liters of water and is the main reason why enemies had trouble laying siege to the city - the Turks could wait out a siege for years before running out of fresh ...
We were a bit determined to go the Church of St Stephen of the Bulgars (precursors to to-day's Bulgarians) far up the Golden Horn but couldn't find much information on it online at all. Regardless, we thought we might make it in time for a Sunday service, so we started the ~100 minute walk (really not keen on public transport unless it truly is necessary) pretty early. Upon arrival, we were truly disappointed: the place is not ...
... it to be a Greek Orthodox Church. We walked in the courtyard, passed many church cats, and found the doors locked. An elderly gentleman motioned us to follow him in a side door. It was a beautiful church, full of many icons and painted walls, stained glass windows. We walked around enjoying it but wanted to let the gentleman that had let us in to go on with his business, so we thanked him kindly (luckily I had Turkish coins in my pocket). The rest of the morning ...
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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