My recent visit to the Prince Hotel (Sept 2011) was my fourth visit to this remarkable hotel. Located in one of the prettiest areas of Istanbul (Gulhane Park region) the Prince Hotel is ideally situated for short walks to the Hagyia Sophia, the Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace and the Grand Bazaar and is also moments away from the Gulhane tram stop which takes visitors right into the heart of the city (to Taksim Square). Smart but unremarkable as a building from the outside, the Prince is modern and welcoming inside. Standard rooms are modest in overall size but the large area dedicated to the bathroom is a big advantage, as is the powerful and effective shower unit. The rooftop terrace is an unexpected bonus with its fabulous views over the Bosphorus down to Besiktas and the cruise liner terminal. Lunch or dinner on the terrace is a highlight to any visit to this charming hotel. Breakfasts are substantial affairs with both hot and cold buffets and some of the best caffelatte anywhere in the Med from their magic machine! The kitchen is surprisingly good for lunch or dinner with a wide choice of high-quality dishes. But the best thing about the Prince is its staff who are among the friendliest and helpful of any hotel I have visited around the world. Their genuine interest in their guests and smiling, "can-do" attitude make it a pleasure to stay there. Having stayed at some 5 star hotels in Istanbul before I found the Prince, I would not want to stay anywhere else from now on. Whether you are staying for holiday or business reasons, I can strongly recommend this hotel as a base to discover the enchanting city of Istanbul.
- Also Known As:
- Prince Hotel Istanbul
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Close your eyes..You'll see the Ottoman Sultans, the Byzantine horses going to hippodrome crossing in front of you and the entertainment characteristics of the Ottoman and Byzantine history. And just in the golden waters of Bosphorus. A 4 star hotel in the region, was renovated late 2008, is offering by its experienced staff and comfortable rooms a service fit for Ottoman Sultans in its 123 rooms decorated with minimal style, where you can feel the sweet smell of history. ... more less
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