Travel Blogs from Istanbul
... the church was no longer outside the city limits but the name stuck. The current church was built after an earthquake and the original dates back to about 1100. The church was further damages by the Crusaders in the 1200's. In early 1300's the Byzantine prime minister was selected as Chora's patron and he oversaw the church's reconstruction. In the early 16th century, 60 years after the Ottomans took Constantinople the church was converted into a mosque. The frescos ...
... known as the Circumcision Room (built in 1640), was empty as we stepped in. It is known for rare specimens of Ottoman tiles.
We made our way toward the Harem, stopping into the Imperial Counsel chamber on the way, another glitzy room with colorful walls and ceilings.
As we made our way into the harem, which contain the apartments for the Sultan, his mother and crown prince, we began ...
... cuisine, so had to keep walking to try and reduce the effects. We came by chance on a small fountain in a square that has six streets running away from it, and each street had dozens of cheek by jowl restaurants tempting us to indulge. Location 41.004N 28.965E. Bread and water after we leave Istanbul, without the bread.
Tonight we are being 'serenaded' by two soccer matches, one on either side of the car park. At least they will quieten down after full ...
... The Grand Bazaar- an interesting walk through an old building crowded with goods to buy of course.
The Whirling Dervishes, enough to put you in a trance, 5 men who spin round and round as an act of worship. There was some singers and music to go with it, then a walk back to the motel, part some beautiful buildings all lit up.
The Hagi Sophia an amazing place, built so many years ago, Brent has all the facts, it was massive, had some beautiful mosaics and domes. ...
... our overall impression? Beautiful at every corner, culturally and historically rich, and delicious food (can't beat fresh and bite-sized baklava, fresh turkish delight, flavourful meats, thick yogurt, salty cheeses...). We even found a version of Cape Town's "Gatsby sandwich" in Istanbul! So surprising. Now I get why everyone I know who has come here has raved about it.
Our walking tour day ...
How has this hotel rated in the past?
Historical Traveler Reviews Garden House Istanbul
The best choice
No best choice in that area near Sultanahmet : good and smiling service, efficient and helpful management. Clean and comfortable rooms. Cice garden for a good breakfast (fresh fruits, yogurt, eggs, ....). free transportation from the airport if you stay more than one night
Le meilleur hotel
Istambul : Hotel garden House : Super
Un hotel exceptionnel, très bien situé à deux pas de Sultanahmet. Personnel toujours aimable. management efficace et serviable. Chambres impeccables. Un des meilleurs choix, sinon le meilleur dans cette catégorie et ce quartier
Un jardin calme pour le petit déjauner, copieux et de qualité
I have just returned from a business trip to Istanbul staying there in the Garden House Hotel for one night. During this short period I noticed a very warm wellcome when I arrived at the hotel. All staff was extremely friendly and helpful. E.g. there was a problem with water which was in the responsability of the municipal water department. The hotel manger immediately offered me another room in the 1st floor which had more water pressure available. There was plenty of space in the nice funished airconditioned room and the absolute clean bathroom.
Si vous êtes à la recherche d'un endroit reposant au milieu de l'immense turbulence istambulienne, voici là le chemin menant à mon petit jardin secret.
Really a great hospitality, the hotel is so new and the garden is the perfect location for the breakfast.
Room clean and spacious, in an optimus position to reach all the main monuments.
The staff will help you in the organization of your say, giudes, tours and all that you'll need.
To be suggested !!!
I stayed in this hotel with a colleague/friend for 1 week. We had asked for some preferences at the booking time and they were all fullfilled. The hotel is small (only 14 rooms) but very cosy. The room we had was spacious, very clean and very nice decorated. Cleaning service everyday is impeccable, the staff is very helpful and tries to assist you as much as possible, in fact nothing is "impossible" for them. It's a pity that most of them (there are only 3 - 5 staff) don't speak at all or only little english, except for the head receptionist. If you have a laptop, you have wireless internet in your room free of charge. In the reception there is also internet available. The small breakfast buffet was very nice and there is enough variety. It's impossible to leave the breakfast table still hungry. It is very nice to have your breakfast outside in the nice garden. The hotel is small (only 14 rooms) but offers peace and privacy. If your daily working life is very busy and hectic (like we have), this hotel is perfect to recover and to enjoy the peaceful and quiet environment. Still the major attractions are close and within walking distance.
The hotel was reserved by one of my friends and it was 3rd time I would be visiting Istanbul. Since this time I was not very happy about the services of the hotels I have stayed. But this was more than I have expected. The Staff, service, food, garden and peaceful atmosphere was absolutely wonderful .. What else a traveller would expect from a hotel.
Per un piacevolissimo soggiorno a Istanbul
Abbiamo trascorso un ottimo soggiorno al Garden House: posizione buona vicino a tutte le attrazioni; edificio recentemente ristrutturato, per cui tutto è nuovo; personale estremamente gentile e disponibile; camere molto pulite e curatissime in tutti i particolari.
La zona è tranquilla e silenziosa, in mezzo a molti altri alberghi.
E' possibile consumare molto piacevolmente i pasti nel grazioso giardino dell'albergo, dove vengono cotti alla brace davanti agli occhi buonissimi pesci e bistecche.
Insomma, albergo molto raccomandato.
Beautiful, quiet and friendly
We stayed for 4 nights in the Garden House in Istanbul. Very new and clean hotel,
comfortable rooms (tastefully) and very near The Blue Mosque (5 min)
Staff is very friendly and helpfull. Nice, quiet area in Sultanamet
Wonderful Place -- Even Better than Dersaadet (its Sister Hotel)
Stayed here April 20, 2006 for one night. This is the sister hotel to Hotel Dersaadet. We stayed at both hotels on this trip and found Garden Hotel was actually better of the two. Liked it so much we stayed for two more nights at the end of our trip. The staff could not be more kind or helpful! The rooms are immaculate and it is very quiet. The complimentary breakfast is quite good also. Don't hesitate -- stay here!