Hotel Tulip House
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... the center, providing a resting place for chess and backgammon sets. The final touch to the mystical Middle Eastern atmosphere was the large hookah pipes (Nargile in Turkish) that sat around the perimeter of the relaxing space. I was immediately taken by the peaceful atmosphere. I've decided that eventually I want to create a similar place in my own home one day.
We quickly got to know the hostel manager, Dilek, who I ...
... Just adding to the excitement.
We landed gently on the back of the truck and as customary, popped a bottle of champagne at the end. The champagne started with one of the first balloon rides - and the pilots landed in some angry peasants land. The pilots had champagne to celebrate their flight and shared it with the peasants. While there were no peasants to share my non-alcohol bubbly, the gesture was still nice.
After breakfast at the hotel ...
... up to us. "Don't worry- I'm not a guide. My family has a business here. Can you guess what it is?" "Carpets." "Very good! You should come see them." "No, I have five already from the last time I visited." "You need to change them to another room and get new ones." "No thank you." "Do I have a chance?" "You don't." We thought we would walk down by the water, with hundreds of locals enjoying the sunshine. Hours later, and I"m not sure how many miles ...
... through the streets for a while and in the direction of another small seaside area. From here I did a loop and wandered back to the ferry via the seaside promenade which was full of locals having picnics and fishing while looking over the sea to the blue mosque on the European side.
After an icecream I hopped back on the ferry and back to ...
... sitting outside of the hostel or I would have walked right past it (they all look the same, stacks of table and chairs and blokes trying getting you inside)
I had a coffee, checked to see if I had a bed (yahoo! bottom bunk) now I’m doing this blog, tomorrow it’s another hop on, hop off bus tour these things seem the best way of seeing stuff and covering a lot of the city
It will be snappy happy time again, taking photos of lots of things and places I have ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsHotel Tulip House Istanbul
Cheap and good location for stay in old town. One problem is hilly area and it's difficult with big luggages. Also there is no elevator. Good host, not bad breakfast, clean rooms
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