Hotel Ipek Palas
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... with the big chandelier were some very accurate, heavenly paintings on the wall and roof. Some of the paintings were like optical illusions for example these paintings of arches that looked like they were directed in very which way no matter were you stood from in the room. The palace was also home to the second and third biggest chandeliers in Europe. The palace was built by Sultan Abdül Mecit for him to live in, but he died shortly after it was finished. They had a dining ...
... beside the point). The amazing thing about this section is that there is a Muslim scholar who has memorized the Q'ran reciting passages from it 24/7. His voice is amplified so it can be heard from multiple galleries. It's very cool to hear a melodic holy text as you see holy relics from Islam that can also apply to other faiths. Basically, Topkapi Palace is huge and beautiful. It's full of a rich and wealthy history - both in terms of money and ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsHotel Ipek Palas Istanbul
The place is convenient to those who would like to walk and discover new places around. It is nearby the big mosque, the metro and the market.
The only thing I don't like is that their elevator is so small and scary.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Ipek Palas Istanbul
Waking up in Ipek Palas is Lovely
I lived for 5 months in Istanbul to study. Whenever I had guests coming over from Holland I booked room in Ipek Palas. First time I stayed there with my sister and we liked it very much. The room was small but very clean. Also bathroom was clean and opperational. The beds were very comfortable. It was lovely to take a rest there after a long day in this magical city.
Everyday when we came 'home' the staff asked how our day was. We always made a little chit chat. When I was working on my laptop in the evenings in the lobby, free wireless internet!!, they offered me apple tea. (Thanks Osman! I will come back again for another cup of tea) Most of the staff speaks very good English and likes to learn little words in different languages. Whenever you have a problem they are ready to help you.
The location of the hotel is perfect. Close to tram station and ferry boots. Also the hotel transportation is always availible for you. As most other people said in the previous reviews the hotel is close to all touristic places and bars. I felt very safe to come back to the hotel at nights.
The breakfast on the rooftop is good, the view is the best. Waking up in Ipek Palas is lovely. Thanks guys, see you soon again. Safe some 'elma cay' for me.
And if you go there, say Hi to Osman.
Did you know Ipek means Silk? :-)
Nice cosy hotel in istanbul
I travel a fair bit internationally and basically live in my suit case. This is the second time i stayed at Hotel Ipek Palas in Istanbul, It is definitely not a 5 star hotel but the service, pricing and location was important... specially long stays in Istanbul and the location.. Basically, all public transport at your doorstep, lite-railway, train, busses and ferryboats and of course restaurants and small bars.
So with the recommendation from another friend stayed there. The rates justify the cosy rooms. I stayed off season this time but the rooms rates are approx 35-60YTL (approx $25-$50US) All the rooms were small but nice and clean...What i really liked is that the second time i was there, the management renovated all the rooms, with Air con. Installed a FREE wireless broadband in the lobby (you don't get this anywhere these days..) and the breakfast..... Located at the terrace level overlooking the Bosporus... To start your day with that view is PRICELESS... Basically a buffet style breakfast had all sorts of nutritional Turkish food included in the pricing. I will definitely stay there on my next visit. Thanks for a memorable stay... thanks fellas..
Ozkan S - Australia
Personal perfekt sehr freundlich, höflich
Ich möchte mein bestes für dieses Hotel schreiben.
Besonders die Sauberkeit, die Freundlichkeit des ganzen Personals hat mich fasziniert.
Das Frühstück war auch sehr gut.
Die Lage des Hotels ist sehr gut nahe dem Meer und in der Naehe von Sultanahmet die Sehenswürdigkeiten von Istanbul z.B. Hagia Sophia Museum, die Blaue Moschee etc.
Das naechste Mal, wenn ich nach Istanbul komme, werde ich sicher in diesem Hotel bleiben.
I was robbed
During the night,someone broke into our room and stole our money,valuable things.DON'T GO THERE!
En cours d'amélioration ???
L'extérieur du bâtiment peut faire un peu peur, la construction ne date (très) visiblement pas d'hier mais cela peut être trompeur.
Le hall donne une meilleure impression mais ne souriez pas trop vite, attendez de voir la chambre...
Notre chambre pour deux est donc presque remplie avec deux petits lits, une minuscule table, un pouf et un magnifique meuble ou trône la télé 10 pouces. La chambre est donc petite mais la vue magnifique : un mur d'un gris bien gris à 2m de la fenêtre. La lumière du soleil n'est pas bien la bienvenue dans cet hôtel ? Pratique pour les siestes de jour. Malheureusement ce n'est pas les deux ampoules 40 watt fournies de série qui vous aideront à trouver vos chaussettes.
Ne pas s'attarder sur les fils électriques qui pendouillent des murs.
La salle de bain est accessible par une porte qu'on peut à peine ouvrir (télé juste derrière oblige). Elle a été rénovée, ouah. Ne surtout pas regarder les finitions (taper sur les fenêtres pour les fermer est peut être une coutume) qui ne devaient pas être leur priorité. Cette salle est plutôt agréable avec une baignoire, lavabo, toilettes, sol, radiateur tout neufs. Toujours pas de soleil
ici. Non seulement le mur d'en face n'a pas bougé mais en plus notre intimité est protégée par une belle couche de peinture sur les vitres. Mission accomplie, on ne voit rien à travers...
La climatisation, outil indispensable dans ce pays où il peut faire très chaud est présente dans la chambre. Pour la fraîcheur en journée, foncez dans la bijouterie du coin. En effet, la clim est coupée en journée.
Dernier reproche, le petit déjeuner peut être pris jusqu'à 10h mais certains jours, à 9h30, les choix sont vite faits, les plats n'étant pas tous réapprovisionnés.
Ma description concerne la chambre que l'on a eu, d'autres semblent être un peu plus modernes. Mais je reproche aux gérants de faire les travaux à moitié et de louer leur chambres "en travaux".
Petite anecdote qui n'est peut être pas caractéristique : une femme de notre groupe s'est pris un miroir sur la tête avec hématomes et coupures...
Côté service, je n'ai pas remarqué de gros problème. Le ménage est fait tous les jours, l'accueil est fait avec le sourire.
A l'avenir, on peut espérer que leur chambres soient totalement rénovées. Un autre point pour eux : la localisation. L'hôtel est à un quart d'heure à pied du palais de Topkapi et à 10 min du port à eminönü.
This hotel is a historical but immaculate hotel with astonishing views of the Sea of Marmara, the Bosphorus, the Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia from the terrace. A short albeit steep hike uphill brings you to the entrance of Topkapi Palace. The breakfast restaurant in the terrace beds are comfortable,the air conditioner works well.It has a very popular place as it is so close to many important places around.
Careful, definitely don't stay there
Careful, apparently all the web sites give totally misleading information and terrible lies.
The rooms do not have a minibar or air conditioning, personell does not speak a word of English (or they pretend not to understand what you are asking for), although they claim they do and what is really unacceptable they will continuously try to cheat you.
I have personally witnessed a scene when two French tourists, speaking poor English were charged more than the price of a room (not listed or shown anywhere in the reception). When asked for an invoice or a bill out of the sudden change on the paid amount arised and it was almost half of the initially asked amount. You may try to contact the hotel manager if something like that happens to you but it will be very difficult to find him and to pass over these rude, stupid reception desk guys.
The 2 reception desk attendants will expect considerable tips just to give you a decent room but if you don't check carefully the room you can find broken windows, shower not working or broken beds.
They may pretend to act friendly but be sure they will give you wrong directions (even on the map) and direct you to the most expensive places and terrible service. They are totally rude and acting innapropriate - one of them actually invited me out for dinner one evening.
The most terrible thing is that the hotel air conditioning is not working in the rooms. It is impossible to breath or to stay in those rooms during summer, mostly during the days.
The rooms do not have any view on the Bosphorus and there is a construction site near by - really noisy and dirty.
The terrace is ok but it is only opened for breakfast during early morning. The breakfast is the same every single day and consisting only of cheese, tomatoes, bread, butter, some jam and boiled eggs. There is no cofee available - only instant cofee, difficult to swallow.
Don't ever accept the offer of the reception desk attendants to call a cab for you - the cab will charge you double the price of one stopped in the street (and that may also be double the normal local price for Turkish citizens).
Last, generally avoid the Sirkeci area and the back streets in that neighbourhood. It is around the railway station and could be very dangerous in the evening. Watch your wallet always when walking around in the area and don't go there after sunset.
Finally the hotel is even more expensive than others in the area that looked quite ok e.g Erboy, Ersun, Ilkay.
Just...don't go here!
This hotel I would definately NOT recommend, the service is absolutely lousy. The prices may seem low, this appears to be possible because of cost reductions on cleaning personnel. Also don't expect anything from the reception-people, especially a younger guy who's name I don't remember right now.
Their website states: "LAST FEW rooms remainging!". I really wouldn't take this seriously as during our stay we appeared to be the only people in the hotel. I gather the last because of all the keys I saw at the reception whenever I got in or left the hotel!.