Grand Peninsula Hotel

Akbiyik Cad. Cetinkaya Sok. No:3 Sultanahmet, Fatih, Istanbul, Turkey | Hotel
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Istanbul Day 2

A travel blog entry by jportelance


The AC works in this hotel room!!! Heather froze all night, I slept like a baby. She woke up to the 4am call to prayer, I was busy sawing logs. Rolled out of bed about 7:30 and enjoyed a traditional Turkish breakfast on the roof top terrace, great views of the Bosphorus. Met a friendly older English lady traveling by herself through Turkey for 3 …

Baths and Hookahs

A travel blog entry by larry.phillips


Our last day in Istanbul and an interesting one for me. I tried two very Turkish practices – going to a Turkish bath and smoking a water pipe.

In the morning Anne and Janice went to the Archeological Museum and as I was "museum'ed out" I decided to skip it and went for a Turkish bath at the Cemberlitas bath house. It was an …

Suleymaniye Mosque and Galata

A travel blog entry by larry.phillips


A little cool today (about 13 - colder than Winnipeg) but no rain. We started the day with a visit to Suleymaniye Mosque built by Sultan "Suleyman The Magnificent" in the mid 16th century. While very similar to the Blue Mosque in exterior appearance the interior is decorated with a lot of detail with a pleasing overall design.

From there …

End of the Tour and Dolmabahce Palace

A travel blog entry by larry.phillips


Our tour ends this morning so after we said goodbye to our fellow travelers we stored our luggage at the Conrad Hotel and walked to a nearby site, the Dolmabahce Palace. This palace was built in the mid 19the century as a new royal home for the Sultan as the sultan of the day wanted a more European style palace and the Topkapi Palace was lacking in …

Chora Museum and Basilica Cisterns

A travel blog entry by larry.phillips


We took a taxi to Chora Museum (and felt pretty good about not getting ripped off as we have been warned about Istanbul taxi drivers). Chora Church was built in the 11th century and contains some outstanding tile mosaics of Christian Motifs. The ceramics were covered over when the church was converted to a mosque during the Ottoman era and have now …

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This hotel, located in the Fatih area of Istanbul, is near Cooking Alaturka, Sirkeci Station, Yedikule (Castle of the Seven Towers), and Sokollu Mehmet Pasa Mosque.
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    4.50 of 5 stars Outstanding