Travel Blogs from Istanbul
Our last day in Istanbul and it started with some shopping. We began at the Arasta bazaar, a small shopping area just off the Blue Mosque. It is much quieter than the Grand Bazzaar and cheaper. The shop keepers weren't that pushy either preferring to read their papers than sell anything to us. What i did find interesting were the beautifully tiles …
Today we decided to do Princes Islands an archipelago in the Sea of Marmara. We took the tram down to Kabatas the last stop on the T1 route and picked up the ferry. The fare was incredibly cheap just 6 lire single fare and we sat in a comfortable seat downstairs. The trip takes about an hour stopping first at Heybeliada then Buyukada where we …
Today we went up to Dolmabahce Palace. It's easy to find just take the tram to Kabitas for 4 lire. You just buy a jetton from a machine by the tram stop. It's a short walk from the tram stop and easy to find located alongside the Bosphoros. It was built between 1843 and 1856 by the 31st Sultan Abdulmecid I. It cost a fortune to build and placed an …
We decided to go over to the Asian side of Istanbul, so we took the ferry from Eminonu to Uskudur but should have taken it to Kadıköy as we wanted to see the Tuesday market. The ferry ride provides you with fabulous views of the Istanbul skyline and at only 5 Lire is incredibly cheap. It is a great way to appreciate the wonderful buildings. …
We decided we would do the Blue Mosque today. It is known as the Blue Mosque because of the blue tiles that adorn its interior. There was quite a long queue as mid morning is a good time to go as the mosque is closed at prayer times. I picked up a headscarf from outside the entrance and a plastic bag to put our shoes in. Once inside you appreciate …
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Historical Traveler Reviews Stone Hotel Istanbul
Little hotel with good location
This little hotel has a very good location (5 min walk from the Blue Mosque), which enabled us to come back home for an afternoon nap before taking advantage of evening Ramadan festivities. The staff was helpful and English-speaking. We only regretted that our room was not vacuumed-cleaned even once during the whole week of our stay and that the breakfast was of low quality.
Piccolo albergo con una buona ubicazione
Questo piccolo albergo ha un'ottima ubicazione (5 minuti a piedi dalla Moschea Azzurra). Questo ci ha permesso di ritornare in albergo per un pisolino pomeridiano prima d'approfittare delle feste serali di Ramadan. Il personale era disponibile e parlava bene l'inglese. C'è solo dispiaciuto che non abbiano passato l'aspirapolvere nella nostra camera nemmeno una volta durante tutta la settimana del nostro soggiorno, e che la colazione fosse di qualità scadente.
Ein kleines Hotel in guter Lage
Dieses kleine Hotel ist in sehr guter Lage - bis zur Blauen Moschee geht man nur fünf Minuten, so konnten wir ein Mittagsschläfchen halten, bevor wir dann an den Ramadan Festivitäten am Abend teilnahmen. Die Angestellten waren hilfsbereit und sprachen Englisch. Wir fanden nur schade, dass unser Zimmer nicht täglich gesaugt wurde, das geschah während der ganzen Woche nur einmal und auch das Frühstück war nicht sehr gut.
Un petit hôtel bien situé
Ce petit hôtel est très bien situé (à 5 minutes de marche de la Mosquée Bleue), ce qui nous a permis de rentrer faire une sieste avant de profiter des festivités du Ramadan dans la soirée. Le personnel était serviable et parlait anglais. Nous avons seulement regretté qu'ils ne passent pas l'aspirateur au moins une fois dans notre chambre pendant toute la semaine où nous étions là et nous avons trouvé que le petit déjeuner n'était pas de bonne qualité.
Clean, Friendly Hotel
This is a great place to stay. My friends and I stayed here for 3 nights in 2 double rooms after researching many hotels in the Sultanahmet area. Great price and great location. The hotel is really just a few minutes walk away from the Aya Sofia and Blue Mosque. After a full dinner, you will be glad that you can walk off several minutes :-) Rooms have nice views of the Sea of Marmara. We were told to be prepare for the morning call to prayers, but the rooms must have been sealed quite tightly because we heard nothing but each others' snores! The free internet in the lobby was a nice perk too.
When we originally booked the room, we were concerned that it used to be a hostel, but it really has been nicely renovated with great wood floors, comfy beds, clean bathrooms. We did think the gold decor was a bit gaudy, but hey - that's just our humble artistic opinions! The only inconvenience we had was that we didn't have water for a couple of hours when we got home from dinner, but that was because there was a pipe issue and the staff had to turn the water supply off to fix it. A minor inconvienence, but a/f that night, no problems since.
The staff speaks great English - both American English and British English ;-) and are very friendly and helpful. Nice courtyard where the breakfast is served. We definitely recommend a stay here when you are in Istanbul. You won't regret it.
- K.P.A.U - Travellers from Texas.
Ein fabelhaftes kleines Fundstück in Istanbul
Das Stone Hotel ist ein reizendes Boutique-Hotel im Herzen von Sultananhmet. Es ist erst kürzlich erbaut worden und alles ist neu und glänzt. Die Zimmer sind groß und verfügen über komfortable Betten, eine Minibar, Fernseher, Holzfußboden und tolle, warme Stoffe. Das Badezimmer ist groß und modern und meines verfügte über eine großartige Wanne. Ein Pluspunkt ist die kostenlose Internetverbindung - in der Lobby des Hotels. Das Hotel bietet zwar nicht viel in Sachen Essen aber ein traditionelles türkisches Frühstück ist im Preis enthalten. Dieser Mangel ist aber kein Problem weil es gleich um die Ecke viele Restaurants gibt. Und, was ganz wichtig ist: die Angestellten waren reizend und sehr, sehr hilfsbereit. Bei meinem ersten Aufenthalt kam ich um 2 Uhr morgens an und bei der Ankunft bat ich um ein Glas Wein um meine Nerven, die vom Reisen etwas angespannt waren, zu beruhigen. Ich bekam auch prompt ein großes Glas Rotwein. Als ich zum zweiten Mal ins Hotel kam wurde ich bereits wie ein alter Freund begrüst und mir wurde in jeder Hinsicht geholfen.
Fabulous little find in Istanbul
Stone Hotel is a lovely 'boutique' hotel in the heart of Sultanahmet. It has only recently been built and everything is new and sparkling! The rooms are large with very comfortable beds, and come with a mini bar, TV, wood floors and lovely rich fabrics. The bathrooms are large and modern, and mine had a great bath. A bonus is the provision of free internet (which is in the lobby of the hotel).
Whilst the hotel doesn't offer a lot in the way of food (but a traditional Turkish breakfast is included), it isn't an issue as there are many restuarants just around the corner. More importantly, the hotel staff were lovely and so eager to please! I arrived at 2am on my first stay there, and upon arriving asked for a glass of wine (to settle my travel-weary nerves!) and was promptly given a large glass of red. Upon my return for my second stay there I was greeted like an old friend, and assisted in every way possible.
Clean, quiet, friendly, good location
We (couple and 1 child age 4) recently spent 3 nights in the newly renovated Stone Hotel and definately can highly recommend it. The location is app. 5 Min. walking from the Blue Mosque, the rooms are excellent, having been totaly overhauled only in May 2007 and the staff which speak english are very nice and go out of their way to provide information and be helpful. With the nice courtyard garden, the roof terrace with views of the sea of Marmara and the new rooms it really has a "boutique hotel feel" and it was among the nicest places we stayed at during 4 weeks of travel from Antalya to Istanbul. Most important for us: It is dead quiet at night apart from the muezzin at 5 am (but that you gonna hear anywhere) the rooms back from the street probably even more quiet than the seafacing rooms. Breakfast could be had either in the courtyard or on the roof.
It is a good base to explore Istanbul all the sights around Sultanahmet. A great excursion not mentioned in the guidebooks is a trip to the sandy beaches around Floriya which you reach in 30 min. by the commuter train from Kumkapi train station. It is a nice break from the sightseeing and not just our daughter clearly enjoyed it.
Check out the hotels website (the pictures will give you a good idea) [--]
Thomas , Germany July 2007
Avoid this flea ridden hotel at all costs!
We had the terrible misfortune to stay at this 'hotel' for one night in Sultanahmet last week.
We were accosted by a chap touting for business at the bustop in Sultunhamet, and foolishly agreed to book into this hotel after agreeing a price of 35Euros for a double room.
Upon ariving at the hotel, we were shown into a lovely vine-covered courtyard and offered a complimentary glass of tea - both my partner and myself were pleasantly surprised to have stumbled across such a hotel, and looked forward to our final night in Istanbul.
Our optimism, however, was soon deflated when we were escorted out of the courtyard and asked to go 'next door', soon realising this wasnt actually part of the hotel, but simply a courtyard used to attract unsuspecting guests - the hotel itself was actually next door, and couldnt have been of more stark contrast. We were shown to our 'room', if you can call it that - it measured just 10x10ft, and consisted of a bunkbed (otherwise known as a 'double-bed'), a single lightbulb on the ceiling, and no windows - just an air ventilator instead, which we had to keep closed because of scaffolding and construction work being carried outside our room - the words 'prison cell' springs to mind.
The showers were no better - empty toilettries strewn across the floor, dirty tiles, no hot water, and worst of all, flies flying around inside the shower cubicle.
Realising we had made a mistake in staying at the hotel, we chose to spend as little time as possible inside the hotel, only returning late at night to go straight to sleep. Did i say sleep? I was woken during the middle of the night to find myself being bitten, presumably by mosquitos, so i draped myself in bedsheets, hoping this would stem the mosquitos - this only served to exacerbate the bites - at that point realising i was actually being bitten bites by bed fleas - patently, the bed sheets either hadnt been washed, or the fleas were endemic to the bedsheets and carpets. Climbing into my partners top bunk-bed to escape the fleas only served as a temporary restbite - we both spent the rest of the night scratching, and covered in bites the next morning. Pulling back the bedsheets to discover the cause of our itching, we had the delight of finding a used condom, smuggly nestled between the matress and the bedframe - ive heard of more osentatious hotels providing free 'contraceptives', but they're usually still wrapped up, and havent been used before.
Bemused by our solitary night of stay, we checked out of the hotel and were given a bill for 45 Euros - despite informing the manager we had been quoted a price of 35 Euros on checkin, he refused to to acknowledge the change in price, and we made a hasty getaway from the hotel.
In short, this is by far the worst hotel we have ever had the misfortune to stay at - Sultunamhets a lovely, small town and you'll find a plethora of cheap and cheerful hotels on ever street corner if you spend a few minutes looking around - avoid this 'bargain' hotel at all costs, and dont be fooled by the serene courtyard nextdoor, you'll soon find plenty of surprises to make your stay momorable for all the wrong reasons!
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