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Today was bazaar and market day. The Grand Bazaar is gigantic. Basically many streets which have been covered over forming one big ancient shopping mall. Definitely designed for the tourist! During our walk we discovered other markets which likely cater more to the local clientele. It also seems that it is very much a ...
... Golden Horn in Istanbul (where I took the shot from). The bridge in the distance is very similar to the Golden Gate Bridge in architecture, but getting a good picture has been difficult because of the distance and the obstructions to most other views.
Then we toured the royal treasury. That is one of the most spectacular museum-like displays I have ever walked through. Because they don't allow photographs in the display, I took notes as I ...
... and passionate and I like her for this and also for the reason that she speaks perfect English. She tells me all about the protesting and the uprising that has been happening this past week in Istanbul, other parts of Turkey, and even other countries in Europe with a high Turkish population. Do you know what sparked it all? Cutting down trees. She tells me that the government ordered for trees to be cut down in a small ...
... city Heirapolis, which is apparently where Cleopatra kicked about for a bit, and also st. Phillip the apostle kicked about and was eventually killed by the Romans. It has a massive cemetery gladiator tombs in it and all sorts of others. Also it has the gate to hades (hell, or the afterlife), where you walk in and toxic fumes from the mountain bubble out and hiss, apparently people use to, back in the day, go in and trip out and talk nonsense and supposedly tell the ...
... in, so on Saturday night, we made our way over Tarlabasi Bulvari to The Space.
The Space is an apartment that has been converted into a big empty... well, space by our friends who are all part of an expat theater group here. Derya had decided to throw the party there, and had set a 1930s theme for the evening. She hung up 1930s artwork and posters and projected films from the era onto ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Poem Hotel Istanbul
Wonderful Little Hotel
My stay at the hotel poem was probably one of the highlight of my recent trip to Istanbul. The staff arev friendly, the rooms though basic (and what can you expect at this proce,) were nevertheless clean, and mine had an excellent view of the Bosphouros. The surrounding area is know as Backpackers alley, but does include some excellent bars, and probably the best nightlife for tourists on the old town side of the golden horn.
Despite the lack of a bar, the staff are happy to serve drinks on the garden view terrace. This is an ideal spot to sit and relax after a hectic day sightseeing in Old Stamboul.
All of a sudden - A wonderfull stay
Everything was exelent. The room, the seaview and the surroundings. The kind and effeicient service. A really reliable Hotel.- All of a sudden - a wonderfull stay.
The less mobile
Friendly and very helpful staff, but lack of lift makes it difficult for the less mobile. Front rooms can be very noisy, especially during Ramadan. Double rooms very small, again difficult for the less mobile. Great reccomendation of a restaurant. Thanks.
Just returned from Istanbul. Stayed at the Poem coming and going. Very comfortable. Staff was v helpful. You can get a great game of backgammon. Convenient location from which we walked all over Sultan Ahmet district. Filling breakfast. Thanks, Papas.
You can find better value elsewhere. Unfortunately, our experiences don't match those of other guests. We booked in advance to avoid the hassle of searching for a room and bargaining for a decent price on arrival (we just returned on the 17 September). However, we ended up stuck in one of the absolutely tiniest rooms in the hotel (Paper Boat). Two of us had a double bed with about eight inches of space around it and a bathroom so tiny that you had to squash yourself against the wall in order to close the door. You also couldn't sit facing forward on the toilet because it was too close to the wall. There was barely enough room to turn around in the shower and it flooded the bathroom floor. If we had only been staying for a couple of days it would have been manageable but we were staying for week.
It you like small hotels, Poem is an excellent moderately-priced hotel. It's very clean, homey, and quiet-- away from street noises. At the same time, it's walking distance to some of the great places to see in Istanbul-- Aya Sofiya, Topkapi Palace, Blue Mosque, Grand Bazzar, etc. -- and to the many affordable restaurants in the area. There is a small terrace on top of the hotel, which offers a fantastic view (especially at night) of the Bhosporus, Aya Sofiya, and the Blue Mosque. A perfect setting for writing a poem while nursing your Turkish coffee! (Management encourages you to write a poem for the hotel, which will be immortalized in the hotel's book of poems displayed in the lobby!)
Room with a view
Great value for money at 50 EUR per night for a clean and Good room with a fabulous balcony with a view over the Bosphorus. (room 119). Good breakfast, and friendly staff.
We had a great stay at Hotel Poem. Our room was excellent (we stayed in All of a Sudden, on the top floor) and we actually got a big double bed (hard to find in Turkey, it seems, at least at the mid-range hotels). The view from our private balcony was beautiful and the location is very close to all the big sights, yet surprisingly quiet. Breakfast included (non-Turkish) coffee, which we really appreciated after drinking tea and apple tea most of the day (not that I dislike tea, I just like coffee in the morning!). The cost of the room was about average, but I'd definitely stay in Hotel Poem again instead of rolling the dice on another place. This place is in the guidebooks for a reason!
A nice place to stay
Very friendly location in Sultanahmet. Walking distance from major attractions. Very quiet and clean. Nice and friendly hotel management.
(free internet access)
Very nice view from roof terrace - Aya Sofia, Blue Mosque, Marmara Sea.
Definitely a very good choice!
Good value, good experience
Good location just south of the Hippodrome, quiet, clean, decent breakfast, breezy room, friendly staff. My room was tiny but I didn't care given the cheap price.