A year to the day since I returned from a mini break in Istanbul so those of you who have been will get why I’m reminiscing. What a city. East meets West in this cool, colourful, cultural city, no place I’d ever been before managed to mix historical and contemporary quite so well.
One thing that overwhelmed us, as with most major cities, is where to stay. You really aren’t short of hotels in Istanbul but after much research we knew we wanted to be in the Sultanahmet area as we wanted to be close to the historic part of the city. We eventually settled on the Orient Express Hotel, the Trip Advisor reviews were great and the location second to none, right on the tram line – handy!
As soon as we stepped foot inside we were made to feel welcome with all staff being so attentive and the Guest Services Manager giving us various leaflets and sitting to talk to us about all that is on offer in the city. We took to the gorgeous rooftop to have a drink and plan out our trip, and settled on two bookable excursions – the Big Bus and the evening Bosphorus River Cruise…I go into the itinerary in this post!
Breakfast was basic but its all you need when you know you’ll have a fantastic lunch and dinner somewhere in the city! I would totally recommend the hotel restaurant to eat, we dined there on our final night and it was fantastic – both food and service. The only real disappointment was the swimming pool which was dark and not the 27-30c that the website promised, but with so much to see outside of the hotel it wasn’t too much of a problem for us.
We would most certainly return to the hotel again as nothing was too much and the facilities within the rooms themselves we great. The kissing towel swans on our final day really made us smile!
If you’ve any hotel specific queries feel free to get in touch, I’ll be more than happy to try and help!