Gulhane Park Hotel
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Yesterday was a big day and not a particularly good one. We got up at 5:30a.m. and rushed out of Lorraine's at break neck speed to ensure we got to Heathrow in time, drop off the car, etc. We did all that okay. Checked in our luggage and settled down for the check in time which suddenly changed from 10:35 to 12:35. An extra two hours - no biggie in …
Another travel day today. We made special arrangements to have an early breakfast as pick up time was 8:00 a.m. - the time breakfast was served. We asked if we could have a cup of coffee and some bread and honey - that would do us just fine. Well when we got up to the breakfast area the whole family had already swung into action. Again we had the …
We had a really busy day, not realising quite how busy till the end of the day when we collapsed in a heap - totally exhausted! We started off re-visiting the Gulhane Park just alongside Topkapi Palace to see how the tulips were faring. There were very few left - only little pockets remaining. We then joined our guide from our first day in Istanbul …
Today was to be our opportunity to explore the two markets - The Grand Bazaar and the Spice Markets. In our customary fashion we looked at the map and noted that there were a couple of attractions not far from the Grand Bazaar so we caught the tram out past The Grand Bazaar and spent about two hours wandering the streets, mainly looking for the …
Up a bit before 0600. Shower and computer time before a short walk to photograph spots visited last night; suffice to say it was very quiet. The main drag had already been washed down.
Down for brekkie, the Melbourne Mob beating me there. The Italian bread in the toaster was the meal highlight. Di said I must be the exception to Canucks …
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TravelPod Member ReviewsGulhane Park Hotel Istanbul
We were booked into Gulhane Park by our tour organisers so stayed here twice - the first for one day and the second time for three nights.
The breakfast was adequate - just a shame they didn't serve it on the roof top as promised in the brochures. That would have added so much value. The room was okay. Unfortunately there was a horrible sewerage smell particularly outside the room near the stairwell. The internet didn't work which caused a bit of grief as we needed to get online to firm onwards arrangements and do some banking.
The staff were friendly but limited in what they could do to solve problems. They have a board that shows the tariffs at about 400 euro per night - what a joke! I am sure our travel agent didn't pay any more than about US$70.
This hotel is perfectly located in Sultanhamet - close to everything but far enough away from the expensive tourist strip. One thing that rather annoyed/amused us was that when we stayed for three nights they didn't replenish the two teabags that were provided in the room on l, or soaps etc. That sort of penny pinching really detracts from what they could be.
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