Travel Blogs from Istanbul
By any other name it would still be a fantastic city and I'm here!
I had considered making the trip all the way to the end of the lıne, so to speak, but until nearly the end of my "planning" I did not actually think I'd go through with it.
And guess who showed up to visit along with me!
After Berlin we flew to Istanbul for a 4 night stay. We had booked a hotel in the old 'Sultanahmet' district which is where the famous mosques are located. Our hotel was small and not fancy but had a nice rooftop garden and restaurant overlooking the Bosporus and the Golden Horn at which they served breakfast and also drinks of an evening. A link …
Today is our final day in Europe, and even though we have two nights in Singapore ahead of us it feels like after today our trip will be over. We had another late start this morning, followed by another fabulous buffet breakfast on the roof terrace. We headed out firstly to the Grand Bazaar, although had a brief stop while Mike had his hair cut at …
We weren't sure what to expect of a Turkish breakfast, but what we encountered was a huge buffet with so much food and variety it was hard to believe. This we enjoyed on the roof terrace of the hotel, before venturing out into the heat and chaos of Istanbul at about 11am.
We headed in the direction of the Hagia Sofia, but found our way to …
Fortunately we had pre-booked our transfer to the airport for 8.30am this morning. We had contacted the same guy as we had used for our transfer from the airport to Elounda on Wednesday, which was a stroke of luck as there is a 2-day Greece-wide taxi strike on, starting today. He kindly didn't leave us in the lurch but instead got his wife to pick …
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Sebnem Istanbul
Great spot in Istanbul
Recommended by an American expat who has lived in Istanbul for 3 years (he sends all his visitors there)- we walked in without a reservation and lucked into getting the last available room at a great price.
The front desk staff was really terrific, friendly, and helpful. Room was simple, but well done. Rooftop breakfast was great, with a view.
Very easy 5 minute walk to the Blue Mosk, Palace, Hippodrome etc, but off on a quiet side street.
I have stayed at the Sebnem on numerous occasions. My daughter lives in Turkey and when we travel to visit her and are in Istanbul, this is where we stay. The main reasons for this are
Well where do I start. I first visited Turkey in April 2006 for the ANZAC anniversary. We were lucky enough to have met Tahir (from Sebnem) online before we left. He met us at the airport and took us to Sebnem in Sultanhamet pointing out various sites as we traveled. Once there we were introduced to Umut (the proprieter) and made to feel very at home. Several times they went out of their way to help us in any way they could and after half a week there we felt more like we were at home than at a hotel in Turkey. We became great friends with Tahir and Umut and enjoyed our stay immensely.
After 6 weeks of hectic touring and golfing around the UK and Ireland, the welcome of Hotel Sebnem was appreciated. Collected and delivered safely from the airport was great and saved us hassle.
Ici tu fais des amis
situation idéale dans le vieux istamboul.
loin du bruit de la ville, tout en étant au centre.
bonne relation prix/valeur.
acceuil très chaleureux. chambres propres. belle terrasse où le petit déjeuner caresse la journée avec une superbe vue sur le bosphore.
moi j'y retourne chaque année depuis huit ans.
Let me first start with the circumstances of my stay at Sebnem Hotel: I was going to Istanbul to watch the Champions League Final between Liverpool FC and AC Milan, and all hotels seemed to be full or had ridiculous high prices due to this event. I therefore felt great relief when I was able to book several rooms at very reasonable rates for my friends and myself in Sebnem Hotel. We thoroughly enjoyed our one week stay there.
I'm sorry the "MyNameisBen" person had the problem with the price he thought he was being quoted...it's too bad, but he should have looked at the paper at least one more time before checking out...he says "buyer beware," but it's also the guest's responsibility to keep track of these things..
Friendly, tucked-away spot
Located in a very touristy complex of the Sultanahmet neighborhood. But there are many advantages: it is very close to some of the main attractions (Blue Mosque, Aya Sofia, Grand Bazzarr, Topkapi palace, etc) and the hotel itself is located at the end of a street, removed from the noisier parts of the area. Friendly (if a bit sleepy) staff. Decent rooms, clean. Good view on breakfast porch (Bosphor -- sp?). Average Turkish breakfast food -- quite fresh. Not that far from airport. I stayed there twice.