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- a ride in a Dolmus taxi - a cross between a bus and a taxi, these vans run between specific locations but don/t depart until until the driver has 'stuffed' the van with as many passengers as he can get away with! (Thank goodness the air con was working!)
- a 3 course fish lunch which was both delicious and featured creative cooking.
All up, a delightful day.
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... however, decided to show their wealth and put a 20-ish carat emerald on a cigarette case with a whole bunch of embellishments and call it a trinket sort of item. The other impressive sort of area is the treasury of Holy Relics. These include the Prophet Moses's staff, the Prophet David's sword, the Prophet Paul's arm, and the beard, teeth, and weaponry of the Prophet Mohammad. (I don't know how they managed to obtain his beard and teeth, but ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Inter Istanbul
We stayed at the Inter Hotel in Istanbul for an Easter break 5th April - 9th April 2007. We found the hotel excellent value for money. The airport transfer was excellent as the staff member waited over 2 and a half hours.... we had been delayed en route. He was still awaiting our arrival at 02:15am, despite us being scheduled to arrive at 23:30pm. Transfer was quick and in comfort. Checking in at the hotel was simple. A comfortable location on a quiet street just off of the main tramway route. A 10-15 minute walk to Blue Mosque/Hagia Sophia/Sultanahmet area where most of the attractions are located. Hearty breakfast each morning. Rooms were cleaned well each day and staff did not enter until room was empty and key had been returned prior to leaving for the day, thus non-intrusive. Free 24 hour internet available to guests but no printer to allow printing of electronic boarding pass for return flight (this option is available on some airlines). Our return airport transfer was at 06:00am and staff were ready and provided a quick drive right outside of the departures terminal. All in all, an excellent stay, hotel roughly 3 minutes walk from Grand Bazaar. Excellent airport transfers and clean, well maintained rooms. Excellent power shower. Would recommend to all.
A pleasant spring break
We have just returned from a very pleasant week at the Inter - our first visit. We are English and have stayed in dozens of hotels, from 5star downwards everywhere except North America.
The Inter airport pickup went like clockwork, even at 2 in the morning. There were always plenty of people at reception to help. They understood us no problem. The room was a reasonable size, clean, triple-glazed. Everything worked. Oddly, there was no plug for either bathtub or sink. One would have thought that would have saved water. We improvised a stopper. The bowl of fruit was a pleasant gesture. Cleaning was unobtrusive and convenient. Breakfast was more varied and better quality than expected (decent fruit juice and coffee and fresh bread, for instance). We never had to wait for the lift. At night, the room was quiet, dark and warm.
Obviously, the hotel was ideally convenient for tourist sites. It represented excellent value for money and we would use it again.
After getting exhausted for 3 days stay in Istiklal Cadessi, I moved to Beyazit, 5 - 10 minutes walk from Sultanahmet tram station. I stayed at the Hotel Inter Istanbul from Sept. 15 to 25, 2005.
1) Location - across the Grand Bazaar, but you have to walk a little down the road at Mithatpasa Cadesi (about 1-2 min. from Grand Bazaar) to reach the hotel. Sultanahmet is 7 - 10min. walk from the hotel. Yet, if you are the lazy type, you can always take the tramvay for only 1.30YTL, Sultanahmet a station away, after Cemberlitas).
2) I was hessitant to come to the hotel at first as I didn't find reviews of this hotel anywhere during that time and thinking that it is far from Sultanahmet, plus the room photos on their website looks small. But, I was surprised to see that it was bigger and really neat than on the pictures. I got a single room, central a/c with clean crisp sheets double-size bed, half-tub w/ hot shower, TV with english program, dresser/cabinet, just a little disappointed because the room I got does not have a minifridge/bar (there might be in other rooms), double curtains if you want to sleep all day, IDD phone, clean towels.
3) Service is commendable, they clean the room DAILY and changes bed sheets twice or 3X in one week, and the best part is, even if I put the towels on the rack (means I will still use it).. they get to change it with a fresh one... on a daily basis! The people at the reception are nice esp. the KURTULMUS brothers.... as well as the other guy I forgot to ask the name for whom I've left a jacket that was to be given back to a friend of mine whose mobile is closed the day I left. He managed to have the jacket picked up on the same day.
4) Transportation is aplenty. The Beyazit tramvay station is just a minute walk from the hotel and also the bus station where most buses stops incl. the bus going to Taksim square (61B) is just beside the tram station which is front of the G. Bazaar. So moving around is just so easy.
5) Breakfast is the same everyday but fine with me.
I would recommend this hotel for the location, nice clean rooms, staff, and the price. Value for money.
I have stayed at the Hotel Inter 7 times since the summer of 2004 for anywhere from 3 to 8 days and always find the staff helpfull and smiling. Hotel is on a side street in the garment district one street over from a stop on the main tram route. Clean, good price and a 5 to 10 minute walk to all the tourist sites.
Was suprised at having fried eggs at breakfast along with scrambled then there are the cheeses, tomatoes, olives, bread and other tasty delights that make up breakfast.
Have recommended the hotel to several other American and Turkish nationals and have always been told that they like the place and no complaints about it.
Airport pickups have always been there, even when my plane showed up an hour late one time.
Ho alloggiato 7 volte all'Hotel Inter dall'estate del 2004, per periodi di 3 a 8 giorni, e vi ho sempre trovato un personale disponibile e sorridente. L'albergo è situato in una strada laterale nella zona abbigliamento, a pochi passi da una fermata della linea principale del tram. È pulito, a buon prezzo, e a 5-10 minuti a piedi da tutte le attrazioni turistiche. Ho avuto la sorpresa di trovare delle uova fritte per la prima colazione, nonché delle uova strapazzate, insieme al formaggio, pomodori, olive, pane ed altre saporite delizie. Ho consigliato quest'albergo a diverse altre persone americane e turche, e mi hanno sempre riferito che ne sono rimasti soddisfatti e che non avevano niente da ridire. Il mezzo di trasporto dall'aeroporto era sempre lì, anche quando una volta il mio aereo ha portato un'ora di ritardo.
Inter Hotel Istanbul - Great Hotel, Value for Money!!
I was in Istanbul with a group of my students (19 of them) for a Study Programme in Dec 2006 and stayed at Inter Hotel Istanbul. I must say that i am extremely impressed with the service provided by them from the wonderful and prompt pickup from the airport to going out of their way to accomodate a surprise birthday at the breakfast area at 12 midnight! Moreover, the rooms rates given to us was very affordable.
The hotel rooms and bathrooms were spotlessly clean (I am particularly fussy about this), the rooms a comfortable size and of course, very very comfy beds :) There were also LCD TV's in each room. We were all surprised with the breakfast as although at first glance we were all not too sure of it, it ended up being the 1 meal everyone looked forward to. Breakfast was a lovely continental spread with cheeses, fruit eggs, bread etc.
Overall I would say this is probably the best hotel we have ever stayed in on budget! It was also in a very convenient location being just 1 block away (about a 6 min walk) from the tram stop & teh Grand Bazaar. It was also in the heart of Sultanahmet and was very close to the Aya Sophia, the Blue Mosque and other attractions.
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Pros and Cons
A recent stay at the Inter was a real mixed bag. True, the location is good and the rooms are large and clean. However, the glum, dated smoke-filled lobby reflected the equally dour demeanors of the staff. It was truly impossible to get a smile a "please" or a "thank you" out of any of them.
My check-in greeting was a gruff single word: "passport". That was it. No hello. No welcome. Nothing. A key was handed to me without so much as eye contact. Welcome to Istanbul, I thought.
The breakfast was fine, but nothing special and the breakfast room itself was dark and eerie. This combined with an unfriendly staff made the start of each day less than inviting.
They did, however, pick mr up at the airport as promised, even after a one hour delay. Thumbs up on that one.
In all, a few smiles and a salutation or two would have made all the difference.
This is a super hotel value
This is an excellent choice in Istanbul..rooms are very clean and large..lcd tv in room...nice large bathroom...good breakfast buffet...2 blocks from tram stop..quiet street and 2 blocks from Grand Bazaar...this is a super value for price...
The best hotel in istanbul
it is at the center of Istanbul and very near to airport, sultanahmnet, Hagia Sophia, if you are thinking to visit istanbul as a turist these are very important. The room services and other facilities are excellent and the other one of most important thing is the price which is also very cheap. And it has a very good pool which is generally 4 stars hotels do not have. Rooms are very comfortable, there is also telephone in bathroom, and there is internet connection which is also very importan. So this hotel is the best hptel for me in terms of many things money facilities...I rocomend to you..