This is a historic hotel that wears its history like a light shawl on its shoulders: it is warm without being suffocating. It was built to house the well - heeled tourists of the original Orient Express and there is still an atmosphere of quiet grandeur about the place. It also makes an effort to showcase its connection to the crime writer, Agatha Christie.
The lobby can be a bit stuffy and there is too much pink stone and pink upholstery. The lounge is impressive with its domes, dignified furnishings, gilded globes and huge mirrors. They serve a delicious burger here! There is a pretty pastry shop too.
Our room was on the top floor. We had a balcony with a truly memorable view of the Golden Horn. In the morning we could hear the city waking up with cries from the minarets. A much appreciated touch: our bathroom floor was heated!
The people at the front desk were very helpful and accomodating. They even let us have our room though we came in at 6am. I wrote the Manager a short thank you note and I received an amiable email in reply.
The one thing I did not like was the dining room in the basement. I thought it was unimaginatively decorated - boring even - and the waiters were surly.More
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