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Merhaba from Türkiye Arrived safely in Istanbul at about 1.30pm. We were greeted by Can (John) and Ismal, and transferred by mini bus to our hotel, Grand Yavuz. Fist impression of Istanbul between airport and hotel - AMAZING! Definitely a mix of 'old' & 'new' cities.Beautiful sandstone wall lining the streets in some parts from the 'old' …
... the docks on the Asian side, there was some type of political rally going on, so there was an electricity in the air. Wandered into the market area, getting lost. Ate a tavuk doner while listening to a few buskers. They must have been doing covers of popular songs because the crowd was singing along at some points. Somehow found my way to the Sureyya Opera House, a charming old building. While waiting for the show to start, walked along the street and popped into ...
... available, with vendors constantly asking if we needed 'Love Tea' (you make babies in no time!) Ahaha - Sarah told one vendor, that we certainly did not need love tea- but thanks for the offer!! One thing that we were interested in, was some tea or herbs that would help with Sarah's flu- so we ended up in a shop and bought sinus tea, and winter tea!! Hopefully these will do the trick- we also got a load of turkish delight treats for ...
... to prayer is familiar to most ears in the Muslim world. And if one lived in the Muslim world, it was more than familiar, it was nature, habit, a part of every day reality. I was born and raised midst the Muslim world and lived there my entire childhood until I moved to the US. So it was a sound that I was used to hearing five times a day, everyday for 14 years as it echoed from multiple mosques in unison across the cities I had frequented. But ...
... have to admit the room was pretty nice, considering it was about 100 bucks for the night. I 'lowered' myself to re-enter the 4 star hotel (as they had a cafe) for dinner. Don't worry yourself, I managed to sit away from the commoners. I wasn't intending to unpack, so basically spent the night watching the only show on TV other than the news, the Vampire Diaries. Please get me ...
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- Shuttle bus service
- Continental Breakfast
- Room service
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Wheelchair accessibility
Historical Traveler Reviews Grand Yavuz Hotel Istanbul
Meine Frau und ich haben dieses Billighotel wirklich gemocht. Unser Zimmer war größer als sonst üblich in europäischen Billighotels. Es war sauber, die Zimmer wurden jeden Tag gemacht und die Betten täglich gewechselt. Wir hatten sogar einen kleinen Balkon, von dem man auf das Marmarameer blicken konnte. Es gab 2 Fahrstühle. Ein türkischen Frühstück war im Preis mit drin und es war sehr gut, mit reichlich amerikanischen Kaffee. Das Frühstück wurde im obersten Stockwerk serviert und man hatte von dort aus eine wunderbare Sicht auf Istanbul und das Meer. Am Abend verwandelt sich der Frühstücksraum in eine wunderbare Bar - gehen Sie wenigstens ein Mal auf ein Getränk dort hin und schauen Sie auf die Lichter der Altstadt. Um zu den Sehenswürdigkeiten zu kommen, muss man erst einmal ein paar Straßen den Berg hinauf laufen, aber von da kann man dann die Straßenbahn nehmen, mit der man fast überall hinkommt. Das Hotel liegt im ältesten Teil der Stadt und um das Hotel herum findet man noch sehr verwinkelte Straßen mit Pflastersteinen, am Anfang kann man sich leicht verirren. Alle Sehenswürdigkeiten der Altstadt kann man zu Fuß erreichen und mit der Straßenbahn, günstigen Taxis und noch günstigeren Fähren kommt man schnell überall hin. Auf der anderen Straßenseite gibt es auch einen Laden, wo man günstig Wasser, Snacks, Bier und Wein kaufen kann. Insgesamt ein sehr akzeptables Billighotel.
Unser 6-tägiger Aufenthalt im Grand Yavuz war zufriedenstellend. Die Zimmer sind sauber, die Betten werden täglich neu bezogen, die Badezimmereinrichtung war okay. Das Frühstücksbüfett war langweilig und hatte keine große Auswahl, war aber auch okay. Der Service war nicht ganz so toll und man wird angehalten, wenn sie dort bemerken, dass man Wasserflaschen oder andere Getränke mit aufs Zimmer nehmen will. Sie bestehen darauf, dass man diese für einen natürlich viel höheren Preis an der Bar kauft. Verstecken Sie also den Wein und das Wasser, wenn Sie das Hotel betreten. Wenn Sie gerne zu Fuß laufen (und nicht gerne ein Taxi nehmen), dann stellen Sie sich schon einmal jetzt darauf ein, dass sie ein ganzes Stück einen Hügel hoch laufen müssen, um auf die Geschäftsstraße nahe des Hippodromes und der Blauen Moschee zu kommen. Außer dieser Sache hat das Hotel aber eine praktische Lage. In der Nähe gibt es das Restaurant Kackar, wo man eine große Auswahl an Speisen vorfindet. Sie sind auch lecker, günstig und man wird von freundlichen jungen Männern mit guten Englischkenntnissen bedient.
We were very happy with the Grand Yavuz being a little apprehensive after reading some of the reviews. You can tell immediately that the hotel is upgrading - nice painting lights on the walls of the lobby but shining down on nothing and blank walls in the rooms - but those are little things that will soon be completed, I'm sure. Everything in the hotel looks new in fact. Our room had nary a scratch or bump on the walls and all the bathroom fixtures were a nice brushed stainless steel. My favorite thing was the fact that when I pulled down the new, tasteful bedspread the blankets were encased in a pure white duvet. Another thing I liked about the room was that the window opened and it was a new doubled paned affair that kept out the call to prayer at 5:30 a.m. if that's what you wanted. Someone mentioned the service not being good; that wasn't what we experienced. We decided to use the room safe and couldn't figure it out so called the desk and we had someone at our door in about 60 seconds! But they could have told us that the safe cannot be used without a deposit - you only get 1/2 your deposit back when you return the little activator. We also blatantly carried big bottles of wanted into the hotel and no one seemed to care so I'm not sure about the previous reviewer's experience. O.K. so it wasn't perfect. There was a problem that we never mentioned to the desk but I think I will e-mail them about it. The bathroom had a distinct odor of sewage. I always travel with a candle so we lit in when using the bathroom and seemed to take care of it but either they needed water in the u-trap or there is some sort of larger issue. That may be a deal closer for some. The location was convenient. Yes, it is on a hill, like another poster mentioned, but you can easily avoid the steep hill and take a side street to all the sites. We figured that out on our second day. The breakfast was everything you need (boiled eggs, cheese, coldcuts, olives, veggies, cereals, breads, juices, etc.) tho it was the same every day. The coffee was especially good, I thought. Never tried the rooftop restaurant. Our room had a terrific view of mosques and the Bosphorus. The desk clerk was helpful, making reservations for us and looking up weather reports on the computer.
Our 6-day stay at the Grand Yavuz was satisfactory. The rooms are clean, linens changed daily, bathroom facilities adequate. The breakfast buffet is boring and limited, but adequate. The service left a bit to be desired in that you will be stopped if they notice you carrying in bottled water or other beverages. They insist that these must be bought in their bar for many times the price. Just keep your wine and water covered as you enter.
My wife and I really liked this budget hotel. Our room was larger than most European budget hotel rooms. It was clean, with a daily housekeeper and fresh sheets. We even had a small standing-room balcony where you could look out onto the Sea of Marmara. There are 2 elevators. A Turkish breakfast was included and was quite good, with plenty of American coffee. Breakfast was served on the top floor with superb views of old Istanbul and the Sea. At night it becomes a wonderful bar -- be sure to go up at night for at least one drink and to see the old city lights. To get to all the great sights you have to hike up a couple of blocks of a fairly steep hill, but from there you can catch the tram and go almost anywhere. The hotel is located in the oldest part of the city, surrounded by winding cobblestone streets, so you might get disoriented at first. All the great old city sites are within easy walking distance, and with the tram, cheap taxis, and even cheaper ferrys, you can easily get anywhere you might like to go. There is also a little shop right across the street from the hotel where you can get cheap bottled water, snacks, and assorted beer and wine. In sum, this is a very acceptable budget hotel.
OK room, bad service
The personel is the problem. They doesn't want to do anything:
We reserved a three person de luxe suite with single beds and got one double bed. After a lot of trouble we got a foldable, really unconfortable tent-style bed. We couldn't get any extra sheets for that bed and no towels. So I had to sleep under a thin blanket and my two male friends had to share the other bed and quilt. They didn't make the beds and clean the room during the day.
We had to wait for over one hour for food in the restaurant and the food was not very good. One person at the table got her food when the rest of us were paying, her food was 1h45min late. One person in our company got robbed just outside the hotel.
Choose another hotel!
The Grand Yavuz sits in an out-of-the-way but convenient location in the Sultanahmet area of Istanbul. It's a medium-sized hotel, used by small groups and independent travellers. It's often available at deeply discounted rates below $40 a double with buffet breakfast, and it's a bargain at that price.
Fine hotel for the price
This was an absolutely acceptable hotel if you want a budget hotel near the city centre and most major tourist sites. We were pleasantly surprised; the accomodation was clean and spacious enough, the breakfast adequate, and the staff helpful. It is worth checking various on-line booking agencies as the price can vary dramatically. We payed £20 for a double room in high season. Exceptional value!
Not bad at all
If you have a decent sense of direction, the Grand Yavuz is a relatively easy walk to ALL the principle sights in Sultanhamet. The hotel itself - the rooms are small (as expected), bathrooms more than adequate (pleasantlysurprised). The service was superior and friendly, much better than the so called 5 star resort in Kusadasi. The breakfast buffet was extremely limited. The view from the 7th floor bar/restaurant - supurb. The immediate neighborhood was somewhat slummy but probably not particularily dangerous. A good value as part of a fly/hotel package.
This is a perfectly adequate inexpensive hotel in a convenient location. A few minutes' walk (uphill) will get you to the center of things -- the covered bazaar, the Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia, etc. The room was average to small, the front desk was helpful, the breakfast was fine. I would not hesitate to recommend this as an acceptable inexpensive stay. If you can't walk uphill, then the advantage of the location is pretty much lost.