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Well, we are finally underway. The plan was to leave work early and have a leisurely month getting prepared. Here we are, after 4 weeks of packing, saying goodbyes, visa collecting, a working 'holiday' in Cornwall, radiator replacements and collateral decorating, hosting our kiwi cousins and showing them the delights of London and last but not least, discovering that one of my two remaining uncles had died back ...
... all recognised me. I’m
going to have to start wearing sunglasses more or find another city to hide in. ----------
A different day but still in retail mode. My favourite shoe shop. And I really did need a replacement pair of boots as the ones I brought with me just aren’t going to make the distance. Fortunately this is the “emergency shoe shop” – they’re open until 9pm every night and until midnight ...
... 400 pillars holding up the stone vaulted roof. It was very dimly lit but there were lots of huge carp in the water - some would have been about 8to 10 kilo in weight. After that we went to the Spice Bazaar, built in 1644, which is a large market covered with a stone roof and holds more than 150 stalls selling spices, Turkish sweets, clothes and other knick-knacks. The Management was in Heaven and vowed to return the ...
... of other gulets, once again we were visited by turtles. A final night feast was put on by the chef and then we headed for Smugglers Inn – a "pirate" bar that is miles from civilisation, run purely off generators. We felt our boat clearly won the dance competition and with the bar displaying numerous New Zealand flags, we topped the night off with some Crowded House.
The cruise finished ...
... an inflated taxi fare which was par for the course, but were delivered safely to our little hotel in the Sultanahmet historic district. The city was alive since we are visiting during Ramadan and they feast late into the night after fasting all day. Our host Ishmael welcomed us with a cocktail, we listened to evening prayers from our hotel window, and then slumbered late into the ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Romance Hotel Istanbul
If you are going to the historic and beautiful city of Istanbul, try the Romance Hotel in the heart of the city. Perfectly situated for the main attractions, including the Blue Mosque and Topkapi Museum, and on the tram line, the Romance Hotel is a comfortable, family friendly hotel and great value for money. The staff are very friendly and helpful, particularly Mr Sinan Oktem, who can tell you everything you need to know about getting around Istanbul.
Excellent place to stay
Having found a cheap flight from marmara.com for Istanbul. I have found Romance from Tripadvisor.
I was not expecting much at the beginning but It's turned out to be a really good place. Firstly, it is very close to the old city. Most of the attractions are within the walking distance. For example Hagia Sophia is literally 5 minutes walk from the hotel and the Tram passes just next to the Hotel.
Secondly the meals were delicious, especially the breakfast with Turkish olives was really tasty.
Lastly I have paid less than 70 Euros for the stay, which is quite a good place.
Overall I have enjoyed my stay in Romance, I will advise it to people who would like to stay there.
I love Istanbul and Romance Hotel
Last April I went to Istanbul and stayed in Romance Hotel. I can tell This trip is the greastest in my life.The hotel was absouletley wonderful staff is very helpfull and friendly. The hotel's location is perfect. Just the hotel's room was little small but except this everthing is best.
Great Hotel in Istanbul
I have stayed in this hotel June 2005. My friends recomenned it.
The staff is extremlly friendly, helpful and spoke perfect English..
The hotel is grat located. Yo can walk to touristic places. The transportain is just 2-3 min walking dstance.
The room and breakfast was good. I love Istanbul, I wanna come to again andl stay in Romance Hotel.
Great, comfortable hotel.
Last month I stayed in this hotel for three days.
The hotel situated in great location for tourists to see historical sites of Istanbul within walking distance and three minutes away from tram station.
Very nice interior of the hotel and friendly and helpful staff that speaks English left a great impression of my staying. I would recommend this hotel to anyone who is planning their visit to Istanbul.I
Helpfull and nice staff
I have stayed in this lovely hotel in May 2006. The staff is friendly and helpfull. The hotel is very well located. You can walk to all touristic places in 10 min.
The hotel rooms are very nice and the beds are comfortable. The tram stop is just in 2 min walking distance from where you can reach the airport in 45 min. The seaports are also near by from where you can take ferries to the BOSPHORUS.
My best holidays
MUSS HIER ETWAS LOSWERDEN- für diejenigen die sich noch nicht entschieden haben für ein hotel! habe einen wunderschönen aufenthalt in istanbul gehabt, dank dem schönem/gemütlichem aufenthalt im romance hotel plus das nette romance hotel team... ich finde das hotel verdient sich den namen "romance" vorallem der service ist erster klasse, stehts hilfsbereit! hiermit möchte ich mich bei der geschäftsführung für die das super organisierte team herzlichst bedanken... natürlich möchte ich auch das andere von meinen erfahrungen profitieren, weil ich auch auf empfehlung gebucht habe!
VIELEN DANK FÜR DAS HERZLICH WILLKOMMEN HEISSEN IM ROMANCE HOTEL
Best location in Istanbul!
We've just returned from a long weekend at the Romance Hotel.
The location of the hotel is excellent it's well within walking distance of all the tourist sights in the old town & close to the ferry port & bridges to the new town.
The breakfasts were ok, there was no shortage of food, though hot food took a time on busy days.
The staff were extremely friendly & helpful.
Our only criticism was that the size of our room was small & a bit cramped - though spotlessly clean.
Good, basic accommodation
We stayed here for 3 nights in September 2005. The hotel is located in the old town and is walking distance to the bazaar, blue mosque etc.
The room was clean but very basic. That said, we paid under $100 AUS per night including breakfast so this is not a complaint, merely a comment.
The staff were very helpful and spoke excellent English.
We did a day trip out to Gallipoli which was fantastic, but a 20 hour day. So plan a bit of rest on either side of a trip out there.
Overall, good value hotel, close to all the tourist sights.
This hotel is in a great location: away from the main tourist area, but within short walking distance of all the major attractions and markets.
The room we had was huge, with separate sitting and sleeping areas. (That said, some of the other rooms we saw were quite small, with only just enough space for the beds so it seems that we might have just been lucky.) The room and the bathroom were both clean and very nicely decorated.
The breakfast that is included was quite good and the staff were polite and helpful.