The location in Istanbul’s hip, and conveniently situated, Cihangir area is the top selling point of this otherwise modest 1950s-style hotel. The main transit hub of Taksim Square is just a 10-minute walk up the (not too steep) hill.
Rooms are simple, but not spare, with comfortable beds, small desks, cable TV, air conditioning, and a few funky touches, such as blue velvet chairs and (in some rooms) window seats. Those in the front of the hotel have tiny balconies good for people watching on the main street. Avoid rooms above the bar/café on the ground floor unless you can sleep soundly through late-night noise.
The cramped, musty lobby has clearly seen better days, a first impression I found a bit off-putting. I like the nice old, tall, skinny windows' blocks of stained glass at the top, though, a theme echoed in the better-appointed Meyra Café next door.
Eating and drinking
Upstairs eatery [node:171431] is one of the best-regarded fish restaurants in the city, and has a panoramic view to match. The top-floor breakfast room also has a stunning view, and switches gears to host live fasıl (gypsy-style) music on Wednesday nights. Downstairs café Meyra is a see-and-be-seen kind of place.
The staff are friendly and try to be helpful, but not all employees speak good English.
Who stays there
Singles, couples and families.
Tax and buffet-style Turkish breakfast are included in the room price.
- High-Speed Internet
- Room Service
- Celebrity spotting
- People watching
Pros & Cons
- Excellent location
- Great restaurant and cafe
- Showing some wear and tear
- Can be noisy