Travel Blogs from Istanbul
It really was bizarre that we were in the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul when we ran into the 'kids' Jess and Tim from our tour which we had just left. With over 4,000 shops and 27 entrances the chances were pretty slim.
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... while in Turkey being compensated if the caravan had been correctly registered and the duties paid on the goods being transported.
In the central plains of Turkey, surrounded by mountain ranges of all side, the Cappadocia region is one of Turkey’s big tourist attractions. The amazing landscape was formed by volcanic activity and after the erosion of the softest rock, valleys, hills and what can only be described as smurf-like houses remain. We ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsHotel Sapphire Istanbul
Rooms were very comfortable-Breakfast excellent
Dinner the first night was a greasy piece of chicken with oily rice!!
Beer was very expensive. A bar just down the road called Red River the beer was half the price.
Location of the hotel excellent. - within walking distance of all main attractions.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Sapphire Istanbul
Sapphire Hotel - eine gute Wahl
Das Hotel hat eine gute Lage (in der Nähe der Aya Sophia, Blaue Moschee, Ägyptischer Basar - können alle innerhalb von 10 Minuten zu Fuß erreicht werden). Die Angestellten sind sehr freundlich. (z.B. Herr Harun). Das Essen ist toll.
Die Zimmer sind sauber und gut ausgestattet. Es ist eine gute Wahl, wenn man Ausschau nach einem Hotel mit gutem Preis- Leistungsverhältnis hält.
Sapphire Hotel - a good choice
The hotel is very well situated (close to Aya Sophia,Blue Mosque, Egiptean Bazar - 10 minutes to each of them). The staff is very friendly (mr. Harun is a very good example), the food is good.
The rooms are clean and well-equipped. It's a good choice if you want a very good value(services) for the money you pay.
Cerca de todo
Estuve en este hotel en Mayo de 2007. La situacion es inmejorable, cerca de la Mezquita Azul, la cisterna, Santa Sofia, el palacio de Topkapi. En la calle perpendicular hay una parada de tranvia para ir a la zona de la Torre Galata o la plaza Taksin;a los bazares se puede ir caminando desde alli asi como a la zona donde se cogen los barcos para hacer un crucero por el bosforo.
No lo clasificaria como un 4 estrellas, más bien es un 3 estrellas español, pero las habitaciones, aunque pequeñas, estan limpias. Puedes pasar un poco de calor en ellas porque el aire acondicionado no funciona muy bien.El baño es más bien pequeño y con la bañera un poco alta. El desayuno es abundante y los empleados son muy agradables. La zona donde se encuentra el hotel es segura para volver de noche. Para pasar unos dias visitando esta maravillosa ciudad es un hotel aceptable.
Dieses Hotel liegt wie viele andere auch, inmitten der touristischen Sehenswürdigkeiten und direkt am Wasser. Alles, was man sich ansehen möchte bzw. unternehmen möchte, ist nur wenige Minuten zu Fuß entfernt. Das Hotel hat freundliche Angestellte, die gut Englisch gesprochen haben. Die Zimmer sind sauber und alle wichtigen Annehmlichkeiten sind vorhanden. Die Duschkabine war für eine große Person relativ klein und man hätte die Duschvorrichtung auch etwas fester anbringen können. Es gab eine kostenlose Internetverbindung und man war uns beim Ausdrucken wichtiger Bestätigungs-Dokumente behilflich. Es gibt ein großes, umfangreiches türkisches Frühstück, das im Preis eingeschlossen ist. Die vier Sterne Bewertung ist angebracht und ich freue mich bereits auf meinen nächsten Besuch, wenn die Renovierungsarbeiten abgeschlossen sind und die Dachterrasse in der näheren Zukunft wieder aufgemacht wird.
This hotel is one of several located between the major tourist attractions and the waters edge. everything you ever wanted to do is only minutes away by foot. The hotel had friendly staff and spoke english well. The rooms were clean and all basic ammenities provided. Shower cable was a bit short for tall persons and perhaps shower attachment could be tightened. Free internet was available and we were facilitated in printing important confirmation documents. A large variety of traditional turkish breakfast is included. The four star rating will be deserved and I look forward to visiting again when renovations are complete and the roof terrace is re-opened in the near future.
Buena situacion, buen precio
Hola escribo recien llegada de pasar 2 días en Estambul y alojada en el hotel Safir. La situacion del hotel es ideal para un viaje corto ya que esta a escasos 200 metros del Palacio Topcapi, Santa Sofia y la Mezquita Azul. A 100 metros de la parada de tranvia que te lleva al gran bazar y a Beyacid (ciudad nueva). Yo viajaba con un bebe y la verdad que tengo que decir que fueron muy cariñosos con nosotros y muy atentos en el hotel.
Como inconvenientes veo que la calle estaba con zona de obras y es un poco estrecha y oscura. Y de la habitación que la puerta no cerraba bien y se oia todo lo del pasillo y, a demás, las paredes son finas y las conversaciones de las otras habitaciones eran claramente comprensibles.
El desayuno buffet no esta mal y la limpieza de las habitaciones fue buena.
Good friendly hotel
The Sapphire is an excellent hotel. It is situated in a small back street in a great location for the main sites and next to other hotels and restaurants. The rooms are well decorated but without many extras (mini bar but no tea making facilities). Good shower and bathroom. Very friendly staff and a huge choice for breakfast, you really have a chance to experiment with unusual dishes. The only down side we found were the two tiny (and slow) hotel elevators which give off creaking sound which might well frighten guests of a nervous disposition.
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My last trip was to Istanbul, Turkey the first week of May 06. A city that I LOVE. You not only go to Istanbul to enjoy the wealth of History and monuments there, but also for the culture, atmosphere and nightlife. The people are soooo wonderful and open. It´s impossible not to have a great time there among the Turkish. It´s one of my favorite "hanging out" cities. But, I must say that it´s a city best enjoyed during the warmer months. You will fully appreciate what this city has to offer if you go in the summer time.
I stayed in the Safir Hotel in Sultanamet. The staff was very nice, helpful and accomodating. A group of us stayed in a triple room, which was very big with plenty of space. It was clean and comfortable. The decor average, but plenty of light and light colors, so it was ok. The only real negative was the shower, which was actually the bath tub that they attached a shower to. The tubs are high, so you really have to step up and over very high to get in. VERY UNCOMFORTABLE, but manageable if you don´t have physical problems.
Housekeeping did a decent job. The breakfast was ok and plentyful if you are not picky.
The BEST part was LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION. You are near everything. 10 minutes walk to Topkapi Palace, Hagia Sofia, Blue Mosque, City Center, etc. 15 to Bosphorus Port area.
For the price, it´s worth it. I would stay here again. If you are a person who can adjust to the just ok with minor inconveniences you will like this place.
Nice hotel with a good athmosphere!!
The hotel was pretty good. Nice rooms, nice breakfast, VERY friendly staff, good location - you can walk almost everywhere. It has a very nice atmosphere, is located at a nice little street with good, local and recommendable restaurants. Lived up to my expectations
I would repeat
I was a bit afraid about hotels in Istambul. I've heard terrible stories. But I stayed in this hotel for a week, and it is not what we expect in Sapin for a four star hotel, but my stay there was pleasant.
It is clean, the staff is very nice, breakfast is great (continental and turkish buffet)... Rooms are quiet, not very big, but ok, and bathroom is ok too. The only thing that was wrong was the air conditioner: it didn't work in my room, although it wasn't still very necesary in May.
It has free internet acces in the lobby.
But I think the best is its location: ten minutes walk to Santa Sofia, the Blue Mosque, Eminonu, Egipcian Bazar... Everithing's near, I only took taxi to go to Chora. And it is situated in a small street closed to traffic, full of restaurants with tables outside. very nice to have dinner.
I definitely recomend this hotel, and look at its price!