Grand Hotel Halic
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I forgot to mention our lively shopping experience last night in the Aranza Bazaar. At 11 PM, we were engaged in choosing cashmere shawls and scarves, with the most knowledgeable Bulent Zortur at The Hammam. He taught us the differences between grades of cashmere, and let us touch and unfold a vast quantity of goods. Both of us came away with bags …
- morning cruise on bosphorus - under only 2 bridges in the world to connect 2 continents Insane taksi drive 80km /hour through tiny streets - almost hitting people- squealing tyres! - on boat about 1pm - lunch - enjoying wondering decks - found salon - chris' hair cut - found room - did laundry - promenade - dinner chaos ...
... You cannot take pictures inside of this palace either. It is not as impressive as the Dolmabache. Beylerbeyi Palace means "Lord of Lords) and is located on the Asian side of the Bosphorus. It is almost directly across from the Dolmabhce Palace. It is an Imperial Ottoman summer residence built in the 1860,s but Sultan Abdulaziz (1830 - 1876). It was build between 1861 and 1865 as a summer residence and place to entertain visiting head of state. It ...
... getting lost in the maze like corridors, before emerging out of a random exit. I was approached by a Turkish guy who wanted to discuss beards. Inevitably the conversation moved towards his shop. I was about to issue my usual "no, thanks" but I decided that it might be fun to take a look at his spice shop in a bit more detail. My new found friend led me through his array of spices, offering me a little to try of each, before we moved on to the teas. As well as the ...
... rock ‘n’ roll bar for the night.
The next morning it was icy cold outside but we knew we had to see the town. We were staying about a 5 minute walk from the fortress that overlooks the entire town. We were told it would take a couple hours to explore the vast grounds, although, after about an hour a wicked ‘white out’ blizzard came out of nowhere and spoiled our plans. In a matter of minutes it went from sunny with blue ...
How has this hotel rated in the past?
- Continental Breakfast
- Swimming pool
- Room service
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Wheelchair accessibility
TravelPod Member ReviewsGrand Hotel Halic Istanbul
This is the second stay at the Halic on this trip. The first night our room overlooked the busiest street in the city, and was very small. Fortunately, on the last two nights, we had a room at the back of the hotel, and it was lovely. Being on a corner, in room 324, gave us extra leg room, and a view to the courtyard. In the morning, I could see the buffet table through the glass ceiling below the courtyard. Breakfast was wonderful, with many choices for all tastes. The bathroom was large and well appointed with hair dryer and shampoos.
There were many restaurants about 10 minutes up the hill- a nice walk in the evening. From that point you can walk quite a way down a pedestrian mall, to Taksim Square. Be sure you get a waffle for dessert!! Toasted, spread with melted chocolate of your choice, and layered with freshly cut fruit, then folded and wrapped in paper. Yum...especially when you sit on the upstairs balcony and watch the night crowds-
Just down the hill from the hotel is the river, and another must-do is the Galata Tower, for a 360 view of the city. We walked across the Galata Bridge into Old Town, and strolled the Grand Bazaar.
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