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... cruise (also our first cruise). We loved it then, but I know it has changed a great deal. I saw my very first burqas there..and there weren't very many......now there are a lot. Anyway, before we left, we looked back at our photos. WOW! Eighteen years does make a difference. Look:
... so we invented a game where I would guess whether or not an item was antique or a reproduction and he would smile and reply with "old" or 'new." I was expecting this same type of banter when I returned, however, to my surprise a much younger man was running the shop and he spoke excellent English. As we got to talking, I found out that the man I had met previously was his father, and because I was returning I could get a discount. Naturally, I believe ...
... an experience!
We met a few Australian friends for dinner at the top of the Istanbul Modern Art Museum. The food was pretty good but the view was fantastic. The museum is located across the Golden Horn, opposite Istanbul. As a result, you get a full view of the Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque and the surrounding areas as the sun set and the lights came on. Pretty magical!
... is beautiful. And when else would you ever come here? Maybe Leah would come? Or Jill? Our apartment is terrific. Located in the artsy section of town and very very safe and lots of places to eat and some little interesting shops to peruse. And theres the window lady- priceless.Thank you, Jess, for taking Ted to lunch today. It means the world. You are wonderful. She's been lonely although we've got Mandi staying with her. Mandi works and goes to school so I'm sure is really busy. She ...
... and the cisterns where i have taken down many many bad guys. I have learnt a few fun facts too, like Istanbul is divided into the Europe side and the Asian side since way back. It funny because you'd think one country's boarder would be the divide, but because of they way the Romans and the Greeks went to the water, the eastern side across the water is Asia, and the western side of the city is Europe. I think thats how it works anyway. tomorrow I'm off to Gallipoli. ...
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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.
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.
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.
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).
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.