Travel Blogs from Istanbul
This morning we went for a wander around the Grand Bazaar. This is warren of shops and really pushy vendors. It was interesting to visit. We also visited a felter. He is a UNESCO living treasure. He makes the hats for the Whirling Dervishes. Besides making fantastic felt items, he also works with his partner, Theresa, to create beautiful silks scarves. After a light lunch Diane, Janet and I went off for our 2pm appointment ...
... see anywhere else including two tiny churches tucked away in alleys, several cats and restaurants etc hidden from the main street.
There was another ship in port – Aida – but we couldn’t access the Royal Princess by walking along the water front so we had to go around and to the “gate” we went through this morning.
Back on board
We eventually made it back to the ship around 4.30 to 5pm where we walked up to ...
Sitting in the first plane to istanbul,having a bit of a hangover and missing some sleep from yesterday. Thank you guys for the last german beer& barfood - i'm going to miss u! Allready lost a coffeecup somewhere on the airport - suddenly it was gone. Is this a sign? That I'm losing myself into coffee? We'll ...
... off at people hounding me and calling me lady. Neither me nor mum purchased anything, oh wait, I lie. We got lost and found the hardware section where mum bought a cork screw. Big purchase of the day. Obviously we werent shopping in the right places as Ive only heard of people raving about Turkish shopping. Another fail on our behalf. We were enjoying ourselves though.
Turkish men are horrible. Their eyes stray to places they shouldnt and they look through you ...
We were still expecting the crossing to take a few hours. We handed our passports over and went to the duty free shopping hall to wait. We almost fell off our chairs when word came 50 minutes later that everything was okay and we could now enter Turkey.
We then drove the 300 or so km to Istanbul on a road that for most of the way took us alongside the Sea of Mamara.
Then we hit it! The giant ...
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- Shuttle bus service
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Historical Traveler Reviews Historia Hotel Istanbul
We stayed in this small hotel in the Sultanahmet area of Istanbul at the recommendation of the young Turkish travel constultant who was so helpful to us in planning our tour of Turkey last month. (December 2006). We got onto this travel agency via the internet, and he organised our whole itinerary for Turkey. He recommended this hotel to us because his friend is the manager and son of the owner of the hotel, also young and energetic and enthusiastic.
We stayed one week at the Historia Hotel in September 2006 and had a great time. The hotel is very conveniently located; walking distance is REALLY walking distance here: the Blue Mosque and Haghia Sophia are only 2.5 minutes away!
We decided to stay in Istanbul a couple of extra days, and the hotel where we were staying was booked, so they directed us to the Historia. Coming back and reading the mostly glowing reviews, I am pretty shocked to see how much people liked this place. It was fine, totally adequate, but i dont think it really deserves some of the raves it is getting. Thankfully the room was clean, which is my primary concern. And we were lucky to get a room with a balcony and a beautiful view of the Bosposrus. However, I dont think anything in the room had been updated in the past 30 years, it was pretty worn out. To make up for it, the staff could not have been friendlier. Very fun to talk to and helpful with all of our requests. The Historia was a pretty good value, just know that it is not going to be a very stylish experience.
When I arrived in Istanbul, I was a bit afraid and stressed.... I don't know why.
We had a very mixed experience with this hotel. It was part of our tour package, and we were there 2 different times during our tour. The first stay, we were in a very cramped double room with a sea view. Unfortunately, this is also the side on which the tram runs right next to. Because our AC failed, we had to open the window, and were awoken every couple hours by the passing train. Very miserable experience.
the historia is a nice hotel in a good location....the rooms are small but clean and you can get a good ocean view from one of the rooms on the top floor (and see the blue mosque too)...historia has a sister hotel called atlantis which was less fancy than this simple hotel but was better located and lacked a ocean view...its actually in the middle of the commercial area near the tram but the location is as good as it gets and even prevents the simple walk that the historia requires (we paid about US$55 for the atlantis)....we booked on line and paid about US$75 for the historia...they will discount for cash and "Onur" the owner's son is very easy to talk to and cooperative...the breakfast is nothing specail but does the trick since we were just getting out to see the sites
We had just finished a small adventure tour through Syria and Jordan and were greatly relieved to have booked the Historia. The room ,though small ,was clean and the staff was friendly and helpful. We were within walking distance of many of the sights we wanted to seee in old Istanbul.
Best located, warm and clean
The hotel has gota perfect location and also seawiev balcony rooms. Stuffs was perfect and friendly. Just 100 metres away from the old city center but at the same time very quite too. I recommend to everyone.
Good Experience If You Can Tolerate Tram Noise
Yes, the train / tram line is just behind the hotel. More importantly, the noise level is bearable. We had booked a family room and stayed for 3 nights. Had un-interrupted sleep every night.
Hotel is otherwise clean. Staff is friendly and speaks English. Taxi is just a phone call away (it hardly takes a minute after the receptionist makes the call). Breakfast is good as well. Hotel is centrally located. Blue Mosque is just a few minutes walk from the hotel. Room size is GOOD, which is a big plus in Europe. Toilet is fairly spacious as well. Hotel has a lift as well, which accomodates two persons at a time.