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Istanbul: Faros Hotel

Divanyolu No 76, Phone: 212.513.91.13

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Reviewed by: Fletch from Australia, review #3134

When: April 2011

Comfortable hotel in the heart of Sultanahmet, close to all attractions and accessible to most areas from the tram line which runs past it.

When: 19th Ė 27th April 2011 Room cost: E114 / night

We had a week at the Faros Hotel and found it very convenient to the all the attractions of Sultanahmet and on the tram line so most areas were accessible.

We did take a 2 day / one night trip to the Gallipoli Peninsula but kept our room so that we didn't have to worry about packing.

There is a complimentary pick up and drop off at the airport for anyone staying more than 2 nights. The driver was waiting holding a sign for us. The drive took about 40 minutes with the final destination reached via very narrow cobbled one way streets.

The hotel is on the street that the tram runs down and cars are unable to park, so it was a very quick exit from the car. The street is 2 tram tracks wide in front of the hotel.

The hotel staff, as well as the restaurant / bar staff, were all welcoming and helpful.

Our room was on the first floor so we looked down on the street and could people watch. The windows are double glazed so most noise is filtered. The normal street noise didnít intrude but light sleepers may hear the trams and delivery trucks. We could hear the call to prayer which I found very moving and at 5am opened the window to hear better.

We found the rooms clean and comfortable. The bed was comfortable and linen good. The bathrooms were quite small but beautifully clean and the shower was good with plenty of hot water.

There was a table and chair and tea and coffee making facilities. They supplied bottled water. There was a mini bar but we preferred going down to the restaurant's outdoor area in the laneway. They had outdoor heaters.

They had free WiFi. It was a fast connection.

We loved sitting in the cafe attached to the hotel (in the laneway) having a drink and listening to the man trying to get people to eat there. It was all done with good humour.

We found the food in the restaurant good and we had a great talk to the chef when he was having a break. We had booked dinner there that night and he made a special meal for us and came to check that we liked it. We found the service very good and as we stayed a week got to know some of the waiters.

We always stopped for a beer in the afternoon when we returned from sightseeing and had a drink before leaving for dinner. We ate dinner there twice.

The breakfasts (included) were pretty basic but enough to start the day and better than some places we have stayed.

It is a short walk to the Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, Basilica Cistern and Grand Bazaar. The tram stop is just down the street so it is easy to get to the Galata area.

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