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27 hours after we left home we landed in Istanbul(Ataturk Airport) We were picked up in shuttle by a young lad who works at the Hotel Peninsula where we are staying.For $20 Euros for the 4 of us,it was a bargain as we got a lovely drive along the sea of Marmara .It was about 8.30am (2ish in Sydney )and it was already quite hot.The Turkish drivers …
Having had a pretty bad illness on our first stint in Istanbul, we thought it would make sense to come back. We sacrificed a pretty special part of our trip but in hindsight, it was totally worth it. Istanbul is definitely worth coming back to and we already know that this wont be the last time. So this entry will be a brief overview of what we did …
from izmir we flew to istanbul for only 30€ by pegasus airlines. it is not our first time in istanbul, we commuted to sultanhamet by tram, 40 minutes and walked to hagia sofia and our hotel peninsula. you can spend several days in the ancient and modern city, but do not miss the splendid mosaics of the church in chora.
Friday 13 August, Istanbul
After a bit of a first (crash in airport overnight!) we checked in our luggage at about four thirty in the morning at Gatwick, for our half-six flight. Quite funny how our last night in the UK was spent in that way; we were certainly not alone. Hundreds, literally, of folk cramming in. We got there at about …
Our train arrives at 8:20 at the Sirkeci train station, which is on the european side. As I've been here a few years ago I quickly find the way to Hotel Peninsula which is located very close to Aya Sofya (Hagia Sophia). Luckily they have a free room for me, and while they prepare the room they serve me a tea at the roof of the building. The hotel …
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Peninsula Istanbul
Pour une somme modique, une charmante jeune femme de l'hôtel est venue me chercher à l'aéroport Ataturk, m'a conduit jusqu'à l'hôtel à 25 kilomètres de là. Elle était très sympathique et parlait un anglais parfait. Mon séjour a été très agréable, dans une chambre petite mais propre - si vous vous attendez au Ritz, payez les tarifs du Ritz. Chaque membre du personnel à qui j'ai eu à faire était encore une fois fort sympathique et parlait bien mieux anglais que mes efforts pitoyables pour parler turc. Le petit déjeuner était servi de 8 à 11h, sur une terrasse ouverte 24h sur 24 avec une vue splendide. J'ai quitté ma chambre à 5 heures du matin. Le directeur de l'hôtel lui-même s'est levé aux aurores pour me conduire à l'aéroport. C'était un super petit hôtel, avec un super personnel dans un super quartier de la ville. Simon
Great stay at the Peninsula
Great location in Sultanahmet with a view of the sea. Helpful, friendly staff who picked us up at the airport. Delicious breakfast each morning. The room was clean and comfortable for a very reasonable price.
The Peninsula hotel is a good choice to stay in Istanbul's touristic center Sultanahmet. The rooms are comfortable, although the beds are quite small. Everything is very clean and the breakfast on the roof terrace is of very good quality.
We chose to stay at this hotel after reading other favorable reviews on this website.
3 nights in The Peninsula
For a modest fee , I was met at Ataturk airport by a delightful young lady from the hotel who drove me the 25km to the place and was very friendly and spoke excellent English.
My stay was great in a small but clean room , but if you want the Ritz , then pay Ritz prices. All the staff I encountered were once again very friendly and spoke better English than my shameful attempts at Turkish.
Breakfast was served between 8 and 11 on the 24 hour roof terrace which provided an awesome view.
When I checked out at 5am. The hotel manager himself got up extra early and gave me a lift to the airport.
It was a great little hotel , which great staff in a great part of town.
After a 17 hour flight from Seattle, we arrived in Istanbul. A driver from the Peninsula was waiting. Transfer to the hotel was included with 3 nights stay. He took us as far as the outskirts of the airport, and passed us off to a second driver. It turns out this driver didn't really know where the Peninula Hotel was; and had to stop a couple of times to ask directions. He finally got within a block of the hotel, and pointed ( as the road was torn up, and he could go no further).
Loved the hotel. Great location. Excellent price. Lovely breakfest.Very nice staff. Beautiful view from rooftop. Very helpful and nice. Will stay there again if I visit.
Excellent value and good position
Great for Sultanahmet, very centrally located, all within minutes walk of Blue Mosque, Afya Sofia, Topkapi Grand Bazaar etc. Quiet location, very clean, comfortable hotel for the price. Sweet, friendly staff - eager to please. Sultanahmet not good area for experiencing authentic food, bit pricey and touristy. Trams are great, but do not yet go across the Bosphorus to Taksim Square (where all the nightlife is), you have to take a taxi or bus which can take half an hour. However the infrastructure is being built, so maybe 2005?
Loved the Peninsula
I loved this hotel ! It was clean and safe on a quiet side street away from the noise. The view was awesome as was the breakfast. My room rate was very affordable too and I loved the neighborhood. It is a major tourist area but doesn't feel like it at all and very convenient to the important sites of the Old Stamboul area. Everything was walking distance and the multilingual staff very helpful. An assortment of cheap tasty restaurants across the way with sidewalk tables, great for people watching.
Any visitors to Istanbul are urged to stay in the historice Sultanahmet District, in the heart of olde Istanbul. This district is close to all the major sites, and most hotels offer rooftop views of the Marmara Sea. The Hotel Peninsula is here, and its extremely kind and helpful (and English speaking) staff will make for a comfortable stay. A GREAT breakfast on the roof starts your day, and with both the Blue Mosque and Haghia Sophia looming over you, it makes for a breathtaking view. Above all, the price is reasonable, the rooms are fashionable and very very CLEAN, and there is ample hot water. Finally, the staff has a posse of restaurant, shop, and transportation connections, all kind and honest people. Our airport shuttle driver went five miles out of his way to take us to our hotel - for free. Your first sunset on the roof as the minaret lights blink on and the muezzin wail will convince you you've made a good call with this hotel.