The Marmara Istanbul
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After I had a great time in Spain and France, Finally we went to "Istanbul". It was the last city in our trip. Istanbul is a historic Islamic city. It has many museums and castles and old buildings. We stayed three days. Though it's not enough in this wonderful city, we used our time perfectl. During the first day, we went to the Princes Island …
Taksim our guide in the lobby of the hotel at 09:00 in the morning, we met and after giving us detailed information about istanbul package tour vip historical peninsula island, 20 minutes by car from our hotel after a trip to taksimdeki reached. everything that caught my attention were together in the historical peninsula. Blue Mosque, Topkapi …
... Century Blue Mosque. Our walk takes us past interesting buildings, small restaurants and shops. We stopped briefly to visit the Million Stone a mile-marker monument erected in the early 4th century AD as the starting-place for measurement of distances for all the roads leading to the cities of the Byzantine Empire. Across the vast Hippodrome Park which was the civic center of Constantinople (the old name for Istanbul) and where the chariot races were held, to the Blue Mosque.
It has been a week full of impressions, input and food for thought. At the end I managed to get a museum card and saw not only the harem and the Hagia Sophia but also the archeological museum with it. Nevertheless the really nice things are -as usual- for free or nearly, though. A Balik Ekmek, the ultimate answer to the Döner is 6 lira and while sitting at the Golden Horn, watching ...
... we eventually finished up and paid our bill before heading back down the street. As we were walking, we were convinced into one of the pubs, Shadow cafe, with a happy hour deal, and sat at a table with a German guy who was there by himself. We got a drink each and had a chat with the German guy, Rolf. At one stage the staff went around giving out large pieces of white paper towel, then put on Sweet Caroline, jumped onto a couple of chairs and started singing really ...
Historical Traveler Reviews The Marmara Istanbul
Great spot in Istanbul
This tower is right on Taksim Square with direct public transport to Sultanamet and Eminonu, and right at the top of Istiklal Cadessi, pedestrian thoroughfare extraordinaire. It's not cheap but it's classy for the price, and for a supplement you get a room on the "sea side". We were on the 9th floor and had a view over the Bosporus, the Sea of Marmara, Sultanamet. The staff were most friendly, helpful and efficient. Breakfast was great, but watch out for the first floor evening buffet, it's expensive and "all you can eat" is not a good deal (go to a restaurant in Beyoglu instead).
No I'm not writing on behalf of the management, we really liked this hotel. If I didn't like it I'd say so (see my review of Edinburgh Holiday Inn which --).
We stayed at Marmara Istanbul during first week of May. Hotel in regular conditions, gym is the best facility. Employees hardly understand english, if you don´t speak turkish, you are going to have problems to communicate, only one person speaks good english at public relations desk, (Ceci), rest of staff provides poor service, particulary Marmara Café Manager.
Our honeymoon hotel
Great hotel, great location, all the amenities we are used to as americans. great spa, fitness club, fantastic top floor restaurant, fabulous breakfast cafe and did i mention great location??? loved it.
I stayed at the Marmara hotel in the end of May 2005 -I visited Istanbul to watch the UEFA Champions League Final between FC Liverpool and AC Milan.
An excellent Hotel
With my wife stayed there for four days in September 2005.The location is near the all day busy Istiklal Caddesi and a variety of shops ,restaurants, bars and night life.We visited the old city by tourist bus but the traffic is a pity.The staff was efficient and spoke good english( a difficulty everywhere else).The restaurants serve good cuisine and that on the roof offers (along with the adjacent bar) a fine view of the city and the Bosphorus.The room was big and clean.
I could stay there again if only the traffic does not get worse !
Nice hotel in a nice location
A very good 5* hotel in a really nice location, close to bars restaurants and just one step from the famous and croudy Istilkal cadesi ! The loby is great ! Rooms are not very big but well decorated and very clean. Excellent view espesially in the upper floors !
Personel is very friendly and helpfull. Breakfast was rather poor of a 5* hotel but still good. I defenatly suggest this hotel.
This hotel is situated in the modern part of Istanbul. It is a perfect loacation for going out in the evenings as there are many great restaurants a short walk away, all of which are better value than restaurants in the old town.
We stayed at The Marmara Hotel in April 2005. This is a luxury high-rise that is located IN Taksim Square, which is filled every night with locals and some tourists that are out for dinner, clubbing, shopping and coffee. You only had to walk out your door and you were right in the middle of the action. This is a very different environment then on the other side of the Golden Horn, where the hotels are smaller and there is really nothing other than tourist hotels, tourist shops and tourists. It was nice to stay on this side as you felt more like a real citizen there, mixing more into the local culture (which, by the way, is very similar to NYC or London). There is a subway in the square (although it currently doesn't go to many tourist spots) and there is a large bus station there too (which we used often). The hotel has several restaurants and bars, pool, workout facilities, etc. Staff was friendly and helpful and the rooms had great decor that looked like had recently been remodeled. Some of the rooms have sea views. The only complaint we had was that they had not yet turned on the a/c and it was quite hot in the afternoons as our room faced west. They advised us to open the window, but it only opened an inch and just let in a LOT of noise. They also told us they had fans, but were all out when we asked for one. They moved us to a room facing the water that was cooler, but is was also a smaller room. The other complaint was their exorbitantly high laundry service - $90 U.S. for six pieces - we should have just bought new clothes for that price!!!