Travel Blogs from Istanbul
Our trip back to Istanbul means we have a day and a half to finish off Turkey before we fly to Dubai. At this stage of our holiday we are backing off a bit and want to relax as we make our way back to home over the next week.
We agreed that we did not need to see any more mosques or ruins! We have already done the big ticket tourist spots …
Our day leaving Athens started with our alarm at 4:30am. Yuk. The taxi drive was only 30 minutes to Athens Airport then the games began. We were booked on Olympic Airways who promptly told us our bags were overweight by 6kg. We could pay 30 euros or repack into our carry on bags. We chose the latter. When we went back to check in a second time our …
Thursday, 5 April 2012
We took a BA flight from Heathrow to Ataturk airport in Istanbul. We arrived around 4:15pm. We paid for an entry visa which was 15 Euros. A lot of people didn't realise this and had to line up again at passport control.
We took a taxi to our hotel, Hotel Mina in Sultanahmet which took about 30 mins (and …
We arrived in Istanbul to a very reasonable temperature. Got offered us a Hotel shuttle which seemed reasonable but was proably about double the reasonable Taxi fares. The Hotel Mina is great - a contract to the palace we had in dubai but clean and comfortable - also well priced if booked off Hotelsclick.com. Many of the cheap Hotels in Turkey look …
... It had the consistency of cement and was out of this world in terms of taste. The second time I had it with my first Turkish former au pair Hulya it was in small, almost crystallised pieces. It was golden yellow in colour and contained a few nuts. This was good but incomparable to the first time I had it.
A lot of communal dishes include fried onions covered in chilli, a very tasty form of yoghurt that is more savoury than sweet and a salad with cucumber, tomatoes ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Mina Istanbul
Good, decent hotel
stayed at this hotel for 3 nights. The location is superb, 5mins walk to the blue mosque and about 8 mins walk to the grand bazaar. The hotel is new and in very good condition. It is well equipped for a 3 star hotel. like most hotels in Istanbul the rooms are a bit on the small side. the breakfast is average nothing special but adequate with a good view of the sea. the hotel staff get the most merit they were very helpful and polite. In the foyer they have free internet access. The hotel is in a side street and about 5 mins walk you are on the main road where there are plenty of restaurants to choose from. the hotel is cheap and good value for money and would stay there again.
We booked the Mina Hotel as our alternate choice for 5 nights during our honeymoon, as our first choice, Nena Hotel, was fully booked.The hotel is visually attractive, but in this case, beauty is only skin deep. Please keep in mind this review is the experience of two people, and should count as two reviews when making your hotel decision.
The location is excellent. You are within easy walking distance (less than 5 minutes in most cases) of Istanbul's most interesting sights.
Acabo de regresar de Estambul después de tomarme un pequeño descanso en el Hotel Mina. Está muy bien situado, a poca distancia de las atracciones principales, como por ejemplo el Blue Mosque y Aya Sofia. El servicio que prestan los empleados del hotel supera con creces los niveles de calidad de otros hoteles, ofreciendo el trato mas amable que jamás he visto en todos los años que llevo viajando. Como profesional del sector del viaje me impresionó mucho el alto nivel que este hotel ofrece en la prestación de servicio. Los empleados eran muy amables y dispuestos a complacer. El responsable del mostrador principal, Serkant, es el recepcionista más profesional que puede uno encontrar. Siempre ofrece un trato amable y es capaz de atender a todos los requisitos de los clientes. Serkant y absolutamente todo el equipo del Hotel Mina dan un gran valor al hotel y gracias a ellos mi breve estancia en Estambul se convirtió en algo inmemorable. Y para finalizar, las vistas desde el restaurante del hotel son impresionantes. Si lo que buscas es un hotel de 3 o 4 estrellas, limpio, cómodo y muy bien situado, la visita al Hotel Mina es obligada. El desayuno y el café no son demasiado buenos, aunque es conveniente explorar los numerosos restaurantes de calidad que Estambul puede ofrecer.
I have been to Istanbul 4 times in the past 4 years, and I have stayed at Hotel Mina 3 times. (Once I found it, I could not imagine staying anywhere else in Istanbul.) And by the way, each trip I was a female traveling alone in Istanbul. The hotel is close to the main drag, but not on it so it is quiet.The front desk staff is first class, very engaging. When the airlines lost my luggage, the staff kept me posted on what they knew until the luggage was delivered to the hotel. When they arrange a ride to or from the airport, or a tour, there are no surprises. The ride is there on time and as expected. The rooftop restaurant does have a wonderful view. However, when I was there in the winter, they served the breakfast on a plate they bring to you, rather than a buffet. The hotel is very convenient to the Grand Bazaar. The Blue Mosque and that whole area is a pleasant walk downhill. The tram is a short walk from the hotel, and it's an easy ride to the waterfront on the tram. The bank and ATM are just around the corner from the hotel. Who could ask for more?
I have just returned from a short break in Istanbul at the Mina Hotel. The hotel is very well located in walking distance form the major attractions, such as: The Blue Mosque and Aya Sofia. The service in this hotel is above and beyond hotel standards with the friendliest hotel staff I have ever come across in all my years of travelling.
I can't begin to tel you how nice and helpful stuff was at Mina Hotel. We had a reservation for 4 nights there, but when we arrived there we were told that that they don't have a room for us for the last two nights (they doublebooked by a mistake). Because of that mistake, that they made they offered us: free dinner (in their briekfast room with wonderful views), fruit and wine, free airport transfer. They found a 5star hotel for us for the same price we paid for Mina Hotel(but further away from the historic old city) and they helped to move to to the other hotel. So even after all inconveniences we had, because of moving to another hotel, I am sure we will return to Mina hotel again.
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay in the hotel. It is well located (maybe 6-7 minute brief walk to the Grand Bazaar and 10 minutes to the Blue Mosque) and the staff were so helpful, warm and friendly. Seriously, you could not want for better staff. I checked a few other hotels in the area and no other staff were as friendly or helpful as at this hotel. We felt safe and well looked after at this hotel.
Good Value for Money and Perfect Location!
For the price that we paid i.e. EUR45 per night, we got more than what we expected. And the location was perfect, everything was within walking distance.
Room size was reasonable and the overall hotel interior was excellant for a small boutique hotel. The breakfast was nothing extravagant but enough. But who wants to complain when the room price is all inclusive.
The reception staffs were nice and helpful as well.
Lovely small hotel
This hotel is in a prime location for an exploration of the old city. You can walk everywhere. It is clean, modern and the rooms and bathrooms are nicely equipped. Breakfast is included in the reasonable rate and is served in a room with a lovely view. I highly recommend this hotel for a stay in Istanbul.