TripAdvisor Reviews Mercure Istanbul
Travel Blogs from Istanbul
... around, chase the birds and some lunch. After a nap and some shopping of our own, it's time to meet Mum at the bazaar. Keep in mind that between a quarter to half a million people visit this retail holy site every day so the energy is all consuming. Mum's beaming after her busy day and we race home for a viewing.
The private shopper was able to share some insights into the day to day workings of Turkey that won't fit this word count, suffice to say that there is ...
... hotel is a cross between Soho and Oxford street in London. My hotel is in a side street next to a Coptic Church and a Dolmus taxi stand which is busy 24/7. I don't have a problem with this as I never travel without ear plugs. Although I prefer to live in the peace of the country there is something very stimulating and exciting about City life and there is nothing like a week in the city to inspire the imagination. The road to the river gets narrower ...
... just beyond its perimeter so we made our purchases from stalls just outside, except for a couple of shirts bought by Andy from a very persuasive vendor. Ralph Lauren, Tommy Hilfiger and other fake shirts are sold in their hundreds and there are even Beat Headphones for sale. After lunch we went up to Hagia Sophia a strange mix of cathedral and mosque originally constructed in 537. Formally a Greek Orthodox Church it was converted to a ...
... bit before heading back to the hotel and found a cool clothes shop on the way where we both got a couple of T-shirts. At 8 we got a shuttle bus out to the dancing show where we had dinner and unlimited drinks supplied as part of the show. The show started with more traditional dancing, I was really excited to see the whirling dervishes but they were only on for about 2 mins! They did knife throwing at a block with their mouths and then came the belly dancing. There was ...
... the waiter brought abotu 8 botles of wine to the table, then (and here is where the fix was on) he brought the most massive tray of all sorts of fish that had to be described one by one. These would have added considerably to the cost of the holiday so we ordered from the menu. Not bad but not great. Nice views at sunset (again thanks for the tip Ben. Can no longer feel my feet, so off to bed. Looking forward to seven days of chilling out aboard the ...
Other places to stay in Istanbul
Vi?nezade, Istanbul | 5 star hotelfrom $188
- Wonderful Hotel in a wonderful city
- Best in Istanbul
- Great Choice
Gümüssuyu, Istanbul | 5 star hotelfrom $189
- Fantastic views from the top floor! :)
- Splendid as always
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Sisli, Istanbul | 5 star hotelfrom $239
- Just great...
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Beyoglu, Istanbul | 5 star hotelfrom $250
- Great spot in Istanbul
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Küçükçekmece, Istanbul | 4 star hotelfrom $109
Esentepe, Istanbul | 5 star hotelfrom $112
Fatih, Istanbul | 5 star hotelfrom $112
- Mix feelings
- Bien situado al lado del tranvía moderno que recorre la ciudad
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Cihannuma, Istanbul | 5 star hotelfrom $183
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Bakirköy, Istanbul | 5 star hotelfrom $143
Harbiye Ergenekon, Istanbul | 5 star hotelfrom $169
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Bakirköy, Istanbul | 5 star hotelfrom $85
Halkal? Merkez, Istanbul | 4 star hotelfrom $70
Ümraniye, Istanbul | 5 star hotelfrom $120
Kocatepe, Istanbul | 5 star hotelfrom $118
Kocatepe, Istanbul | 4 star hotelfrom $111
Sisli, Istanbul | 5 star hotelfrom $288
- 5 star experience
- Room for improvement.
Besiktas, Istanbul | 5 star hotelfrom $136
Yildiz, Istanbul | 5 star hotelfrom $546
- The best hotel I have ever stayed at!
- Stunning view but very expensive
Fatih, Istanbul | 4 star hotelfrom $132
- No problems!
- Very good location
- OK for a 4 star hotel
Asmali Mescit, Istanbul | 4 star hotelfrom $140
Zeytinburnu, Istanbul | 4 star hotelfrom $116
Kocatepe, Istanbul | 4 star hotelfrom $148
- Probablemente el mejor hotel donde jamás he tenido el placer de descansar mi cabeza
- Planeando un viaje
- Wahrscheinlich das beste Hotel, in dem ich je geschlafen habe
Ataköy 1 Mahalle, Istanbul | 5 star hotelfrom $174
Sariyer, Istanbul | 4 star hotelfrom $103