The Bostanci Hotel
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TravelPod Member ReviewsThe Bostanci Hotel Istanbul
Room very clean. Hotel staffs are good.
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... 30 seconds and chose a taxi in the parking lot. We found out that we could have stepped outside the airport enclosure and gotten a dolmus into town but of course the taxi drivers did not tell us that.
Our hotel, Yilmaz Aile Pensiyon, is right on the harbor. We got a good feeling walking into the reception room because there were a couple of women preparing vegetables and a couple of cats. The owner, Berrin, gave us 2 room keys to make ...
... now. Suleyman married Roxelana, one of the concubines (slaves) from the harem, because he was so in love with her. She was super ambitious and ended up convincing him that his first son was plotting against him so that one of her sons would become sultan. She ended up being one the first really powerful women in the history of the Ottoman Empire. I just love these stories - they really bring the buildings to life for me!
The courtyard was beautiful with arches, domes ...
... interesting, but that is it for the Grand Bazaar, in my opinion. I liked the Spice Market better, at least it smelled good and it was fun seeing all the spices, but it was similar to the Grand Bazaar. In other respects. The building was more like is huge warehouse. Again, we just did a quick walk through. Back in the square, we are there in plenty of time for our cruise. The evening cruise cost us 15 euros each and we both felt it was worth it. The cruise was 2 hours long and ...
... Istanbul. The food is excellent - lots of succulent lamb and chicken, gorgeous mezzo platters heaped with hummus, eggplant, spicy tomato dip, tzatziki, pickles, dolmades and lots of warm fresh made pitta… turkish coffee is my new favorite thing. its so hot it can melt metal, so strong it can give you a coronary, and so black and sweet. one a day is enough!! Wendy prefers apple tea - deliciously sour and sweet and very appley! Istanbul is our new favorite place!!
... normal;">Istanbul Modern did a collaboration with MoMA for young architects. Five emerging ones were each asked to design a temporary installation in the Istanbul Modern courtyard. Key was to make it useable, with a focus on sustainability and improving the use of public space (eg. providing water and shade, safety). The designs were neat, and I stopped in the courtyard on the way out to see the latest one in person.