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... can't recall one single occasion on which we left early. Australian flights are always late. There is always some reason or other that causes the plane to be delayed. It is so predictable. We knew Istanbul was large but hadn't realised how large until we flew in today and saw it stretched out before us. Istanbul has 13.5 million people living in it and when you fly in it looks like it. The city, old and new, appears to go forever. Arriving at the airport gave us a glimpse ...
... visited the amazing Blue Mosque..prayer times were strict and no visitors allowed at this time, so strategically planned the visit and made sure we were appropriately dressed and covered up. Inside the Blue Mosque you seriously have a wave of calm over you I swear. It's peaceful and the interior architecture is beyond words, took some great pics here. Heaps of 'tour guides' wanting to tell you everything about it and charge you through the noise around this area so ...
Our last full day in Cappadocia was another jam packed day filled with a visit to one of the many underground cities in the area, another hike through a valley full of cave churches and houses, the most delicious Turkish lunch, wine tasting in Urgup, and a stop at another site to view more fairy chimneys. I think the highlight of the day was walking through the underground city with our private tour guide (and ...
... ordered a latte, a huge piece of raspberry cheesecake and read my book. One night as part of absorbing the culture, we found a cinema and watched Titanic in 3D with Turkish subtitles.
We made sure to absorb the culture again by going to a Turkish bath. The drill is that you strip down and put a little towel around you that hardly covers your bits, then you go into what looks like a huge co-ed steam room and bath yourself, then lie down ...
... brought an entire can of it from home, but in the poop marathon at the beginning of the trip, which I suspect may have been the nine month growth spurt, he went through half of it. So we located the nearest Carrefour Express to pick up some Aptamil, with instructions in Turkish. Awesome. We then walked down to the Tophane tram stop, and from thence to Eminonu at the waterfront.
Our objectives for today were the Asian continent, and the ...
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Loved this hotel
The Sofa hotel in Istanbul is truely amazing. As soon as you walk in your taken back by the interior design. Its contemporary, stylish and comfortable. The staff are great, really helpful with lots of suggestions on where to eat, go for a drink or visit for great views of the city. The bedrooms are fairly large compared to other hotels i've stayed in in Europe. Each room has everything you need and its cleaned twice a day which is fantastic. The bathrooms are really nice with double showers and Locotaine products to use. The hotel has an amazing spa and the retaurant is great too. I would reccomend this hotel to anyone, it really made our holiday.
J'ai adoré cet hôtel
L'hôtel Sofa de Istanbul est vraiment incroyable. Dès que vous entrez dedans, vous êtes subjugué par la décoration intérieure. C'est contemporain, élégant et confortable. Le personnel était super, vraiment très serviable et ils offraient une mine d'informations concernant les endroits où manger, où prendre un verre et où avoir une belle vue sur la ville.
Les chambres sont assez grandes comparées à d'autres hôtels où je suis allée en Europe. Chaque chambre offre tout ce qu'il faut et est nettoyée deux fois par jour, ce qui est vraiment fantastique. Les salles de bains sont vraiment très jolies avec une douche pour deux personnes et des articles de toilette Locotaine. L'hôtel dispose d'un spa extraordinaire et son restaurant est génial aussi.
Je le recommande à tout le monde car il est parfait pour des vacances.
Un alloggio eccellente
Vado ad Istanbul ogni mese per circa una settimana, e prima avevo l'abitudine d'alloggiare in un albergo delle grandi catene alberghiere. Ho scoperto il Sofa Hotel il maggio scorso, e da allora vado sempre lì. Le camere (particolarmente quelle chiamate "suite della tranquillità"), sono molto tranquille e confortevoli. Il servizio è eccellente. La sala lounge è uno dei posti più gradevoli semplicemente per rilassarsi dopo una lunga giornata, o per riunioni d'affari in un'atmosfera informale. Il ristorante, benché non straordinario, è molto piacevole, soprattutto se potete sedervi fuori sulla terrazza. L'albergo è senza dubbio uno dei segreti più ben mantenuti di Istanbul.
A great place to stay
I am in Istanbul approx 1 week every month and used to go to the big hotel chains. I discovered the Sofa Hotel last May and have been going there ever since.
The rooms (especially those called "tranquility suites") are very quiet and comfortable. Service is very good.
The lounge is 1 of the nicest places to simpy hang out after a long day or to hold business meetings in an informal atmosphere.
The restaurant, although not outstanding is very pleasant, especially if you can sit outside on the terrace.
This hotel is definitely one of the best kept secrets in Istanbul.
I stayed at The Sofa Hotel for five nights in October 2006. This hotel is in a fabulous location in the middle of the posh shopping, bar and restaurant district of Nisantasi in Istanbul. Hotel itself is a luxurious design hotel with impeccable service and has a very cosy feel to it. Staff is readily available for any requests from buying a thermometer to recommending restaurants from basic kebab places to luxurious fusion restaurants. Restaurant Tuus at the hotel serves very tasty, yet surprisingly light food and is definitely not to be missed. Very spacious rooms have everything guests can wish for, huge bathrooms, with "raindance" showers & separate baths, L'Occitane bath accessories, big fluffy bathrobes & towels, walk-in wardrobes and large comfortable beds and even highspeed internet connection for business travellers. There is plenty of attention to detail in these large beautifully decorated rooms with fresh lilies on your desk, Istanbul Guides, list of recommended events (Cinema, Exhibitions etc) and even your name hand written on note pad by the bed! Complimentary fruit includes figs and strawberries, instead of the usual bananas & apples and breakfast offers lovely freshly squeezed juices. Downstairs there is a beautiful Spa offering a wide range of treatments and complimentary Turkish Bath & Sauna for hotel guests. All in all I had a great stay at this lovely hotel which attracts a very high-end clientele and offers fantastic service.
The loungy Sofa
Beautiful hotel with such style and design that makes you want to stay longer and longer. This is certainly worth the experience to feel hip and trendy. Must have been one of the best hotel rooms I ever set my foot in. Not only very clean and spacious (e.g. walk-in wardrobe), but also tasteful (design lamps, luxury bathroom items). I loved the raindance shower, L'Occitane products, thick soft bathrobe and slippers. I slept like a log in the huge comfortable bed. I only wish I had had more time to spend in the spa and the saunas (complimentary to guests)! Nice local red wine (first bottle complimentary) adds to the atmosphere. Staff was very helpful in carrying all the (very heavy) luggage with smile on their face. I had the best ever fresh tomato juice at breakfast. Make sure your breakfast is included in the package. Nisantasi area itself is a perfect location for this trendy hotel that serves perhaps best the business traveller or the regular Istanbul visitor. If budget allows I will go back again and again. Next time I'll have to try the TuuS restaurant and a couple massage at the Taylife Detox and Wellness Center! The Sofa is lounge and lounge is the Sofa!
Great small hotel
I spent four nights at the Sofa at the end of September and into early October. I booked a 'Tranquility Suite' on the Great Hotels of the World (of which the Sofa is a member) website. That was fortunate, as the rates soared shortly afterward.
The room is enormous. As its name suggests, it is very quiet. The only significant noise I heard was the slamming of a door which I believe was being used by the housekeeping staff. The only view was onto an interior courtyard--fine by me, as a colleague mentioned being awaken by construction noise across from his street-facing room. The décor and furnishings are new and contemporary--wood, brushed metal and fine fabrics are used to good effect.
The bathroom was large and well-stocked. The toilet, though not separate, was equipped with an opaque glass door to provide some privacy. There were both a bathtub and a shower. The shower head is large and sprouts directly from the ceiling centrally over the shower floor--keep that in mind so as not to be surprised by a dousing of cold water! Note that the shower floor and bathtub are directly adjacent to each other and not separated. My shower had some problems in that water leaked onto the floor in the area of the toilet. Basic toiletries were by L'Occitane.
My room had two twin beds. The beds are comfortable with nice linens, soft pillows, and a warm duvet. There's lots of storage space, including two closets. The flat-screen TV had a reasonable selection of channels and a CD/DVD player was also available.
My room rate did not include the breakfast buffet, though I did try it out. The quality of the offerings was very good, though the selection somewhat limited (particularly as regards the hot items). Not sure if everyone would find the YTL 30 price tag reasonable. I also had dinner on one occasion at Tuus, the fine dining room which is located in but not operated by the Sofa. The service was unpolished though the food was very good.
The staff were generally helpful, though not all of them could offer directions to specific areas or to streets in the area of the hotel. The only maps available to them were the throwaways associated with shopping guides.
There are no gym facilities inside the hotel (or if there are, no one told me about them).
The area around Tesvikiye caddesi (on which the Sofa is located) is lively, filled with people, shops (some very pricey), traffic and eateries. The ICEC convention center is about a 10-minute walk away or less. The area is not close to Sultanahmet , though a 15-minute, YTL 10-15 ride in a taxi will usually do the trick (though traffic can be very variable). Taksim Square is about a 20-minute walk away.
I would certainly stay here again if on business. Leisure travellers may wish to consider Sultanahmet as well.
A chic hotel in a chic neighborhood
I go to Istanbul often for business and pleasure.
I stayed at this hotel with a friend in June. I loved the fact that there is finally a great hotel in a great neighborhood in Istanbul.
The hotel is beautifully designed and the beds were wonderful.
The staff was all very helpful and well-trained
The restaurant in the hotel is very happening and the lobby lounge was fun for people watching and meeting friends. The spa was beautiful and I got a great massage there.
I loved the fact that you could walk out your door and be in the middle of a neighborhood where there are great restaurants and wonderful shopping.
I far preferred it to staying in Sultanahmet, where only the tourists go. It feel like I finally found a home away from home in Istanbul
A group of friends and I spent three nights at this HIP hotel, a chic landmark in Istanbul. It islocated in a stylish designer-shop covered neighboured; not ideal if you are interested in seeing the real Istanbul or the great mosques and museums of Sultanahmet.
The hotel is beautiful but suffers from the tyranny of design! The bathrooms have wonderful rainshowers but nowhere to put the soap or shampoo. The bathrooms also have no rubbish bins and the lighting throughout the room is hard to understand. Although the main window has black-out blinds, these have not been installed in the bathroom window, which floods light into the room (through the bathroom's frosted glass walls) at 5.am.
When I was there the staff were clearly having teething problems. We received a wake-up call by mistake at 5.30 am.
Unless you are visiting Istanbul to shop at Prada and Vuitton I strongly suggest staying in the historic quarter, in a well-serviced hotel like the Four Seasons.
Cool hotel,best location you can get
We stayed at Sofa this weekend.
First of all you can't get a more perfect location. The hotel is in the middle of Nisantasi, where all the best shops and restarants are at. You see the beatiful Istanbulies around. it's only 5 min taxi ride from Taksim. But might not be the perfect place if you want to do the touristic stuff as Istanbul traffic is always too busy.
Rooms are big. With no views. Decorated very nicely. There are rainshowers and bath tubs in the bathroom. There is a popular restaurant and a spa in the hotel.
The breakfast was OK. Unless it's not included in the rate you're paying, prefer to have your breakfast outside as there are so many nice cafes around.
Defintelly will go back for my next trips to Istanbul