Poem Hotel Istanbul
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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.
Poor value for money
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.
After much cajoling we were moved to another bigger room (3 nights later). It was nicer but hadn't been cleaned properly and we found dirty underwear from the last occupant in the bathroom.
We constantly had to ask for loo roll/toilet paper to be replenished, the towels in the bathroom were not clean, etc.
On the plus side: the reception staff are friendly and the breakfast is good.
We have lived and worked in Turkey and travelled there many many times so it is with confidence that we can say that other hotels in the area provide much better value for money.
A Hotel as Lovely as Its Name
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!)
Equally impressive are members of the hotel staff (especially the manager, Adnan) who are very helpful in giving directions, connecting with tour agencies, answering all sorts of tourist questions, etc.
My wife and son loved the hotel, as I did.
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.
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