The Marmara Sisli
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TravelPod Member ReviewsThe Marmara Sisli Istanbul
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.
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