The Marmara Sisli
Travel Blogs from Istanbul
Since I started doing this blog, I have noticed that I have a bit of a trend when it comes to writing. The general rule is that the more impact a place has on me, the harder it is to write about. I think about it for a long time. I muse on the best way to present it to others. AND I procrastinate putting anything on paper. This is even more likely …
... and I decided to do another self-guided excursion (go figure) that we are calling the "Golden Horn" walk. This route takes us across the Galata Bridge past all of the fisherman and seafood restaurants to the beginning of our adventure.
The city is quite intimidating to navigate with roads that twist and turn with few signs or street names to guide sightseers in the right direction. Jason and I have done very well figuring out where we are going to this point and have had ...
... hotel with amazing views if both the Hagia Sophia and the Blue Mosque. We rested for a bit then hit the streets. Tons of people out and about because of Ramadan and not a ton of tourists maybe because of the riots a few weeks ago. The weather is perfectly perfect and we walked around town with the sun setting behind the minarets. We checked out a few carpet shops and the salesmen were very nice and took us up a few floors to check some things out and explained how they're made ...
... over looking 'the old city'.
The next few days we maximised our tourist capabilities and explored key sites that the unique city of Istanbul had to offer. mixture
The Blue Mosque Istanbul's most prominent landmark where Andrea quickly learnt how to tie on a head dress, Topkapi Palace the old sultans residence and seat of the supreme executive and judiciary council, the grand bazaar the oldest and largest covered market place literally a ...
... found out we would both be in Istanbul at the same time. We all headed back to our hostel to make a plan and arrived right as 45 Belgian university students arrived on a class excursion. After meeting everyone and a few beers we all went out to a bar and I made a bunch of new friends and met some people to show us around when we go to Brussels.
Later We walked home at about 1 am, it was raining and the city was absolutely deserted. Its very strange to see ...
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- Room service
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Fitness/Health center
- Wheelchair accessibility
I read that the Marmara Pera was the "funky little sister" of the Marmara Taxim. I don't know about that. It didn't seem particularly "funky" from my perspective. But I may be a bit harsh on that, as I have spent a lot of time in really funky NYC hotels. But, all that being said, this is a great hotel. It is nicely situated. The staff is friendly AND helpful. The rooms are well designed and cozy. AND they just happen to house one of the top restaurants in Istanbul. Overall, well worth the price.
This review is the subjective opinion of a TravelPod member and not of TravelPod.com.