Hotel Ipek Palas
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... before Istanbul, we hit suburbia and our solitude came to abrupt end. Eventually, we ended in bumper to bumper traffic caused by minor accident. We expected to get in at 1 pm and made it at 2:30pm. Like any big city, it is nerve-wracking to navigate the cloverleaves, one way streets, and getting stuck behind trucks picking up garbage. But Tom-Tom delivered us pretty close to our hotel.
... back to Istanbul and of the Marmara Sea were fabulous. On the ferry ride back, I could have had my shoes shined by a very elderly Turkish man whilst listening to a drummer and clarinet duet and watching some women belly dancing. A terrific day! Note: Thanks to google translate - we managed to use the washing machine, although we're still trying to work out what tightening the pump ( sikma pompa) did at the end of the ...
... room for a little while then went for a walk for 10 minutes or so to Swaad, the restaurant. We had a pretty delicious meal there. And Darren got an interesting korma, made just of cashew sauce, which is apparently the traditional way of making it, then we walked back to the hostel, looking through a few gift shops for stickers as we went, but didn't find any. When we got back to the room, we watched a pretty good movie called Dreaming With The Fishes, before going to ...
... is a mosque. The domes and minarets are striking and give the city a unique feel. It is also very crowded with apartments with lots of colorful buildings stacked on top of each other kind of like what I've seen in Mexico. The mix of people is also extremely eclectic. You can see people dressed in anything from a tight clubbing dress and heels to a full covering with only the eyes showing.
After we got into the city we had an exquisite dinner at a restaurant ...
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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
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.
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.
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!
L'extérieur du bâtiment peut faire un peu peur, la construction ne date (très) visiblement pas d'hier mais cela peut être trompeur.
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, apparently all the web sites give totally misleading information and terrible lies.
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!.