Richmond Hotel Istanbul
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- Continental Breakfast
- Room service
- Free High-Speed Internet
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TravelPod Member ReviewsRichmond Hotel Istanbul
Nice hotel on a pedestrian street and only a few minutes walk from Taksim Square. The rooms were large and comfortable but unless you request and get an "inside" room, you might be up all night with the folks walking the street until all hours of the early morning. We had a TV, free internet access, and a coffee maker in our room. The restaurant is good but not great. It is a long, but beautiful walk across the Galata Bridge to the Sultanahmet Mosque and Grand Bazaar but on a nice day it is worth it.
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