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We arrived before the 2pm check-in time and had to wait on the street for 20 mins - lucky it wasn't raining. This facility charges European prices for 3rd world accommodation. We were "upgraded". For the price we paid it was not an upgrade. Even...More
The rooms are clean and beds are good, however there is no air conditioning. The accommodation is close to either bus or taxi. Staff is friendly and always prepared to help out.
Don't expect an hotel but a place where you can live among real...More
We did not pay too much, but definitely it was not a nice stay. Room was just ok (small and curtains let the light in) but the bathroom was very little and definitely too dirty (they never cleaned the room). The location, if you like...More
A bit far from historical center to walk by feet (better to take bus). Renovation of the apartment have been made seems like 10 years ago, in reality it's not as good as on the pictures. Shower cabin leaks on the floor, so all the...More
We arrived to Balat Suites only to be put into another building behind reception, walking through a scary and filthy road into our room. Room smelt of mold, drought and piss. Room wasn't prepared for 4 guests as per booking and and being almost 10PM,...More
This sleepy and rather socially conservative area of Istanbul hosts a small but thriving Jewish community, the patriarchate of the Eastern Orthodox Church, and some of the most beautiful churches and Christian art in the world. Much of what’s most interesting to witness in Fener and Balat sits between the surviving ancient city walls of Constantinople and the serene shores of the Golden Horn. Despite the many splendid
sights, historic attractions, stunning vistas, and warm Turkish welcome, the area remains largely unperturbed by the tourist trade that characterizes the atmosphere in nearby Sultanahmet and around the Grand Bazaar. Travelers that like to explore off the beaten track will reap big rewards for making the effort to visit this low-key part of town.