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Aquarium Hotel

Clean and basic. GREAT internet access - free and easy to get on WiFi. There was a private shower and toilet and sink. Bed was changed and room cleaned daily. There were mothballs in the bathroom - I threw them out (nice carcinogen, moth balls). After that noticed an odor from the drains.

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Facilities

  • 24 hour reception
  • Air Conditioning
  • Airport Transfers
  • Bar
  • Breakfast Included
  • Hairdryers
  • Internet Access
  • Luggage Storage
  • Parking
  • Restaurant
  • Tours/Travel Desk

In Room Facilities

  • Safe Deposit Box

About Aquarium Hotel

Aquarium is situated in the heart of the old walled city, within walking distance of Istanbul's most important Byzantine and Ottoman monuments, such as St. Sophia, the Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace, the Hippodrome, Basilica Cistern and no more than 15 minutes from the Grand Bazaar. Moreover, in the surrounding area there are many bars and restaurants serving traditional food; shops selling authentic goods; and quality entertainment establishments.

The breakfast is continental style, served with free hot drinks. It is served on the covered top floor terrace with a view over the Blue Mosque and the Marmara Sea. There are also complimentary hot drinks and cakes on the terrace during the afternoon.

The hotel operates a private airport pick-up service for its guests. This service is EUR 25 for 2 people from the Ataturk airport and EUR 45 for 2 people from the Sabiha Gokcen airport. If you inform the hotel of your flight details you will be greeted by a courteous member of staff who will load your luggage into a mini-van and take you directly to the hotel, at any time of day.

Conditions:

You need to contact us after you book to provide the CVV number on the back of the card used to make the booking to confirm your booking. Failure to do so may result in your booking being canceled and your deposit will not be refunded.

Important Information

Conditions

You need to contact us after you book to provide the CVV number on the back of the card used to make the booking to confirm your booking. Failure to do so may result in your booking being canceled and your deposit will not be refunded.

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Location

Alayköþkü Caddesi no :16 Eminönü/Sultanahmet

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Clean and basic. GREAT internet access - free and easy to get on WiFi. There was a private shower and toilet and sink. Bed was changed and room cleaned daily. There were mothballs in the bathroom - I threw them out (nice carcinogen, moth balls). After that noticed an odor from the drains. Not bad, especially if kept bathroom door shut at night. The bathroom mirror never seemed to get cleaned - that was the only thing I noticed. I think I confused the maid by making my bed, too. Once I stopped, the room was cleaned better. I always packed everything up in my luggage each morning, so she could clean easily. There was no closet or furniture except a tiny cupboard, the bed, and a small bedside table. I hung my clothes on the door hooks - bathroom and main room doors had two hooks each. My room was right above the front door, with the hotel's neon sign just outside. This put a lot of light in the room at night. I kept the curtains closed. Was also a little nervous as a single woman with a window open on the first floor - so I closed the balcony door nightly. Maid opened it during the day. Only time this was a problem was the last night when flying bugs entered after dark. Left my computer (in a backpack) with the hotel clerk daily. Breakfast provided. Basic Turkish breakfast - fresh white bread, butter, jams, tomatoes, cucumbers, sliced lunch meat, hot water (for instant coffee) and hot tea. Sometimes there was juice. Dry cereal (corn flakes?) and milk. I brought my own herbal tea bags or drank plain hot water (I can't have caffeine). Front desk clerk spoke English. Owner speaks German. Ladies in breakfast room spoke only Turkish. Breakfast room had a covered balcony looking out on Haggia Irini mosque. Very nice view. I ate out there most days. Never got sick, so assume all the vegetables were cleaned with good water.

Below the hotel is a rug shop owned by the hotel owner (Aladdin) and managed by a cousin (Halim). The rugs are unusual and quite nice. The front desk clerk is the owner's son (Ali). Next door is an outlet book store for an academic press. A number of English and other language books on Turkey and the Muslim world. Very nice store. All books are 20% off list price. I got 30% off for buying quite a few books. The cookbook was excellent.

Up the street a little way are a number of nice small restaurants and kebab shops. Down the street is a small grocery store and some music stores. It is only a few blocks to the blue mosque and Haggia Sophia. There are two tram stops nearby. The street was quiet at night - no problems sleeping (except for jet lag). This was a great location at a nice price. I paid 95 lira ($60 US) a night. I suspect I would have paid less if I had paid cash and not used an internet booking.

Final note - the Internet booking NEVER got to the hotel. So they were overbooked for the weekend I stayed. Luckily, they were nice about not moving me around. And they let me stay, even though I was a surprise. My e-mails also never got to them.

Overall
5
Location
5
Cleanliness
4
Value
5
Facilities
4
Service
5

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*  The Customer Satisfaction score is based on a combination of ratings from Travellerspoint and external websites. The score of 81% for this property is based on ratings provided by 13 guests.

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