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... Bosporus, with views of Asia across the straight, the sea of Marmara, and of the bridge joining Asia and Europe. I've posted some pictures from my phone, but still unable to down load.
The news about the miners tragedy and the civil protest have not affected us, and are mostly near Izmir, I have not seen any marches in Istanbul, not yet anyway.
Tomorrow afternoon we leave for Ankara and Central Turkey.
... We didn't have bread or dessert, and I think the waiter was surprised. Had some Canyon Ranch Spa food items, they were good.
We have a laptop in our room, and free internet until the 18th. Pretty handy, not as slow as I feared. Keeping in touch should be pretty easy until then.
The pool is much prettier and bigger than on the Regatta. Tomorrow night is our first team trivia. Can't wait to see more of Istanbul tomorrow.
... and that we were lost! Sitting down with a map, we managed to figure out a way to the tram line. This was our first time using the metro, and we bumbled around a bit before realising that we needed to buy a token. Not having change, we went into a shop to buy a small item, so that we would have enough. Once we had the tokens- Ox went through- then Sarah accidentally turned the turnstile without walking through- losing her token in the process. She had to go to another ...
... alone, that was still in good nick, was enough to make you see how incredible it would have been back in the day. Being as hot as it was and after seeing so many ruins already we decided to skip Didyma and head to our destination for the night passing a very stunning lake called Bafa Lake and descending down a road with an incredible view into Gokova, a pretty good way to finish off a great day.
... I'd never play backgammon with the old guys on main street ... I'd never walk among the stout pine trees of Araš's plateau. As I looked for a place to settle down while in Turkey, this village seemed attractive.
But, I moved on eastward. I entered a supermarket in a strange town and was surrounded by the employees. Young guys, a pretty girl with her hair covered, a tan girl with ...
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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.
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.