Gezi Hotel Bosphorus
Travel Blogs from Istanbul
... area. Well. Just what we were looking for. Local cafés with local people. Not a tout in sight. We walked in, sat down and had a great but really simple meal of kebabs and meatballs and salad. Nothing fancy but nice. And then next door into his brother's café, Holy Coffee. Terrible. The family have a Greek heritage and the coffee was as we remembered it in Greece. Nasty. Bitter. Full of grounds. We added a mountain of sugar to make it palatable and downed it in a ...
... You" in particular. Afterwards, we all ended up eating an authentic Turkish dinner at the Sorriso Hotel buffet and I thought that it was savory. The names of the dishes escape me, but we were served a lot of rice and vegetable dishes with baklava for dessert. The flight wore me out for certain though, so all in all I was ready for a good night's sleep and a new day of exploring and ...
... I was in total shock when I was charged 7€ for an espresso) - Very disappointed that we didn't see the Harem section
8. Our 7k walk from Sofia Mosque to Funicular Station - Exhausting and I was nearly beside myself when I couldn't find a toilet.
9. Turkish coffee, Turkish Delight, Nougat, Raki and Kebabs
10. My dreadful experience in a Turkish bath house. I won't go into the disgusting details!!!!!
I'll leave that tale for when I get ...
... foreigners.....so bit of a waste there....
Now when you walk around Istanbul every 10 seconds someone is trying to engage you in conversation, it's normally a prelude to try and sell you something, carpet anyone?
After a while you just get so used to it a quick "No Thanks" normally ends it and you can move on with your life...they will try anything to hook you in though....
So today ...
... tunnels with LCD screens, I guess to show ads (they were all blue at closing time). Anyway, it was neat to get a sense of what it was like without the full impact of the crowds.
Ended the day with dinner at one of the open air restaurants that line all the side streets enroute to the historic center. Loved the "Sultan;s Borek," which was just like an enchilada with yogurt sauce instead of salsa.
How has this hotel rated in the past?
- Continental Breakfast
- Shuttle bus service
- Room service
- Free High-Speed Internet